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The winter cold and snow reminds us of stories and songs of the sleigh rides of early times. It is easy to visualize the scenes of Currier and Ives as we view the one-horse sleigh of 1902 as it sits in the showcase (constructed by Benny Willetts).

The sleigh was donated to the Marion County Historical Society and Village by Willa Walter Johnson (sister of Chuck Walter). The 1902 one-horse sleigh was a gift to Willa from her husband, Charles and occupied a place of honor in their living room.

This sleigh has brought many favorable comments from people of all ages, and usually brings reminisces of winter fun of sleigh rides, sledding, ice skating and other winter activities.

Queen of Them All

Jolly Della Pringle (1870 – 1952), the star of stage and screen, had seven movies to her credit and was friends with Charlie Chaplin, Buffalo Bill and graced the Silver Screen with the academy award winning actress Gloria Swanson. Born in Attica, she reached fame through her stage company and always considered Knoxville her headquarters. During her career, Ms. Pringle performed on the stages of theaters from Maine to Oregon.

Dr. Bob Leonard of KNIA/KRLS goes “In Depth” with Prof. Charles Lauterbach, of Boise State University, Boise, Idaho to discuss the life and career of Marion county native, Jolly Della Pringle.

There are many more pictures and articles about Jolly Della Pringle in the Marion County Historical Museum.