March 11, 1845: Died, Johnny Appleseed. His real name was John Chapman, and he really did travel all over the countryside planting apple trees. It was a business: he got the seeds, and often the use of the land for free, and sold the trees to whoever would buy them. Since the trees were raised from seeds -- not grafting -- they were unsuitable for eating, but excellent for making hard cider.
Johnny Appleseed His lifestyle and preferences were completely opposite the norms of frontier life. He was a vegetarian. He preferred to sleep outdoors and avoided towns and settlements. He thought it cruel to ride a horse, chop down a tree, or kill a rattlesnake. The stories go on. The settlers viewed these attitudes as preposterous and outrageous but very amusing.