John Chapman’s contribution

Maybe you’ve never heard of this famous American. But most folks didn’t know him but this name. He’s better remembered as Johnny Appleseed.

In the early 1800s this pioneer journeyed through Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio planting apple seeds, and giving apple saplings away. He sought only to beautify this country with healthful fruit trees.

He dressed unusually, wearing a tin pot atop his long hair, and a shirt made from a coffee sack. He went shoeless, and won the admiration of the frontier people. He may have been America’s first conservationist.

The secret: A gentle, generous man won lasting fame by performing one task over and over. We honor him today because he helped and inspired others.