Ohio History Journal

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"Johnny Appleseed

"Johnny Appleseed."               313


To-day, the events which stirred the souls and tried the

courage of the pioneers seem to come out of the dim past and

glide as panoramic views before me. A number of the actors

in those scenes were of my "kith and kin" who have long since

crossed over the river in their journey to the land where Enoch

and Elijah are pioneers, while I am left to exclaim:

"Oh, for the touch of a vanished hand

And the sound of a voice that is still."

While the scenes of those pioneer days are vivid to us on

history's page, future generations may look upon them as the

phantasmagoria of a dream.

At 72 years of age-46 of which had been devoted to his

self-imposed mission-John Chapman ripened into death as nat-

urally and as beautifully as the apple seeds of his planting had

grown into trees, had budded into blossoms and ripened into

fruit. The monument which is now to be unveiled is a fitting

memorial to the man in whom there dwelt a comprehensive love

that reached downward to the lowest forms of life and upward

to the throne of the Divine.

At the close of Mr. Baughman's address the monument was

unveiled by Major Brown, of Mansfield, after which a quartet,

consisting of Charles H. Harding, Dr. C. N. Miles, Major Fred

S. Marquis and E. W. Dann, sang "Onward and Upward," and

the exercises closed with the singing by all present of "America."







From several sources, more or less authentic, much interest-

ing information may be collated concerning "Johnny Apple-

seed." He pursued his special calling for many years through-

out the central and eastern portions of Ohio, particularly in

Knox, Richland, Wayne and Ashland counties, or in the territory

since known as these counties, and it is from the histories of

these counties that we rely largely for fragmentary descriptions