Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Annie Oakley has to be my favorite person from the Old West. Could you just imagine a small woman like her shooting a gun the way she did? Heck, I'd pay any amount of money to see that, but most people just paid a nickel. Her birth name was Phobe Ann Moses and she was born in Ohio in 1860. Her Father died when she was very young and her Mother couldn't take care of her. She was sent to what they used to call a "Poor Farm". Once she turned 15 she went back to live with her Mom again and had to learn to shoot animals to survive.
She loved going to shooting shows and that's about the time she met Frank Butler. He convinced her to go on the road with him and they formed an act together. Phoebe took her paternal Grandmother's name and became Annie Oakley.