He felled the biggest bear in the Catskill woods while just a tot, carried a gun that never missed and out-talked anyone who took him on. "When he was thirteen he could outguess and outsmart any ring-tailed roaring man." But who was Johnny Darling?
“It becomes very difficult to separate fact from fiction when we talk about the Native Americans,” said Sullivan County Historian John Conway, explaining that Lenape didn't leave anything in writing. “So who’s to say what’s legend and what’s fact?”
In the 19th and early 20th century, like now, people got sick. Like now, sometimes they died. But this was before antibiotics, before most vaccines, and those deaths were often from conditions that would now be preventable, curable, or at least treatable.