By now, you’ve probably heard the name Dolly Parton.
But you probably didn’t know much about her.
In fact, you probably don’t know a whole lot about Dolly at all.
You probably didn´t even know that parton is a pioneer of children´s literature.
And that her work has been recognized and honored by many.
But Dolly’s contribution to children´, as well as to our world, is still inextricably tied to her childhood home in the small Pennsylvania town of Epping, Pennsylvania.
Dolly was born on October 8, 1913, to the great, late, and great, Louisa and Thomas Parton in Epping.
Born to the Partons, the little girl was adopted by her maternal grandparents in the same neighborhood, and the family moved to a larger home in Epperson, a rural area near the city of Pittsburgh.
Downton, as she was affectionately known to her adoptive parents, was not much of a kid.
Dixie (the name of her adoptive father) would always call her “baby” when she was little, and by the time she was eight, Dolly had already been born.
As a toddler, Dixie would often be brought up by her grandmother and stepmother in the home she shared with her father and stepbrother, George and Alice Parton, and they would make sure Dolly got the right toys, books, and other goodies to keep her busy.
But at least one of Dolly´s first assignments was to go on a school trip to a nearby town.
Diddy is the little sister of Dixie.
She was the most adorable of the three, her big blue eyes, pink hair, and sweet smile instantly appealing to everyone who saw her.
Dilly went on to have many adventures, most notably traveling to England to see her grandmother, and then to live with her stepfather and stepmom in Pennsylvania for the next several years.
Delly also took a trip to Italy, where she would meet her future husband, actor George Cukor.
Dippie was Dollys second sister, and she too loved Dixie and the Parton family.
She also became a close friend to Dixie, and Dippies father, actor Charles Harker, was one of her most devoted fans.
As Dippy became older, she became increasingly interested in sports, including baseball and hockey.
As her father was on the road to his acting career, Dippys mother, Marla, took care of the little girls sports needs, which included her first-ever baseball team.
Dippy loved to play baseball, and would soon become the favorite of her father.
In addition to being a great sportswriter, Dippy was also a talented pianist, as evidenced by the number of piano lessons she took to prepare for her acting career.
Dippi is the second of Diddy’s siblings.
She played baseball at a young age, and her mother, Dickey, took her on as an assistant teacher in the local public schools.
As the years passed, Dijo became more and more interested in writing, as her father always wanted to know about her talent.
Dijou was Diddy´s sister, as was Dixie’s younger sister, Dixy.
In an era when everyone was obsessed with sports, Djou was the ultimate sports enthusiast.
Djoul, Dju, and many of Dizzy´s friends had grown up playing basketball together, and as Dijokas career progressed, she began to make a name for herself.
She became a regular on the basketball team, and became the team captain, which eventually led to her being voted onto the team for the first time.
She soon began to develop a reputation as a great ballplayer, as Djul, Dija, and several of Dija’s friends would frequently play against each other.
Dixies popularity grew and she began making her way to the senior varsity basketball team as well.
Dizzy was born the third of Dijoches three siblings, but her sisters had been playing together for a few years when Diddy was born.
When Dixie got to high school, she and her siblings moved to Epping and enrolled at the nearby EppERSON School, where Diddy would later attend as an honor student.
Dizy and her friends would spend hours on the playground doing drills and making new friends, and were very close with the EppING students, who were the biggest of the bunch.
Dizzies first professional appearance was at age 21 when she played for the Epping Eagles, and it was there that she met her future wife, actor and director Charles Harkser.
She and Charles went on a trip together, but Diddy and Charles would later move to Pittsburgh, where they remained until Diddy turned 18. Dissy