Annie Oakley (Phoebe Ann Mozee, sometimes spelled Mosee or Moses) was born to Quaker parents in Ohio. She had six brothers and sisters. When she was six years old her father died due to exposure to snow and freezing weather. Her mother remarried and had another child, then became a widow again. She could not take care of all the children, so she sent Annie to live on a "poor farm". From there she was loaned out to work for a family, but they were very cruel to her. She referred to them as "the wolves". Sometimes they would lock her out of the house when it was snowing outside. She spent two agonizing years with them, then returned to the county poor farm.
She was reunited with her mother when she was 15 years old. Her mother had remarried, but times were still hard for the family. They were about to lose the farm. Annie taught herself to shoot a gun, and she became such a good shot she was able to hunt small animals and sell them. When she had accumulated $200, she gave it to her mother to pay off the mortgage on the farm.
One of the favorite pastimes of that age was attending shooting matches. Frank Butler, an Irish immigrant, was one of the sharpshooters*. A match was made for him to compete against Annie, a petite* woman who was just 5 feet tall and weighed only 100 pounds. The man who organized the match was a hotel owner who regularly bought game that Annie shot and sold him for his patrons to be served in the hotel's dining room. They each hit 24 birds in a row, then Frank missed his next shot. Annie successfully made her 25th shot and won the match. Frank was very attracted to this young woman who had bested him on the shooting range and offered her tickets to his next show. A romance developed and they were married about a year later.
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|Bull's-Eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley
By Random House, Inc
Sharpshooter Annie Oakley, a beloved icon of American history, comes to life for a new generation. Born in the backwoods of Ohio, this remarkable woman overcame poverty and abuse to achieve worldwide fame as a daring performer and markswoman. Traveling with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West show, Annie delighted audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe with her target shooting, trick shots, and horseback riding stunts. Combining lively text, historical photos, and original quotes from Annie herself, Sue Macy reveals the gripping true story behind this legendary heroine. Ages 9-12.
|Who Was Annie Oakley?
By Stephanie Spinner / Penguin Putnam Inc.
Annie Oakley was a sharpshooting, horseback-riding symbol of the Wild West. She was an elegant little lady who was courted by European aristocracy and admired by queens. Annie was a determined and brilliant performer who dazzled audiences the world over. Find out more about the real Annie Oakley in this fun and exciting illustrated biography.
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