John Chapman was born on September 26, 1774, and given the nickname Johnny Appleseed, in Leominster, Massachusetts. The irony is that apple trees surrounded the house, and the apples were the color of the autumn leaves (Kellogg). Chapman’s mother died two years later during childbirth while his father, Nathaniel Chapman, was serving with the minutemen at the Battle of Concord. His father also served under the leadership of General George Washington in the Continental Army. After returning home Johnny’s father resumed farming and married Lucy Cooley shortly afterwards
There is little information known about Chapman’s early life. He and his brother probably traveled west to Ohio first, meeting up with the rest of his family in 1805. It is almost certain that his father, Nathaniel Chapman, encouraged him to become an orchardist, setting him up with an apprenticeship in the area. By 1812, John was working self-sufficiently as an orchardist and nurseryman. He traveled extensively, mostly in Pennsylvania and Ohio, working at his occupation. He planted his seeds randomly, but knew that substantially strong economic
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...n 1897 using the fruit from Appleseed’s trees. Smucker later prepared apple butter and sold it door-door from the back of horse-drawn wagon. Each jar was hand-stamped as his personal assurance of quality.
Soon after, J. M. Smucker’s name became well-known, as residents in the area, and finally the nation came to associate brand name with wholesome, high-quality fruit products. Over the years, the Smucker’s Brand has acquired many well-known companies such as Crisco, Martha White, Pet Milk, Millstone, Folgers and many others. Their basic beliefs are deeply rooted in the values and traditions of the company’s founder. One hundred fifteen years later, the J. M. Smucker Company, similar to Johnny Appleseed’s trees, has strong roots that allow it continual growth. Their products are in stores, homes and restaurants throughout the world
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