January 23, 2014
Oakley - Annie Oakley
Annie Oakley was born on August 13, 1860 in Darke County, Ohio, with the birth name Phoebe Anne Mozee. Oakley exhibited marksmanship prowess from a young age, helping to pay off the family farm by hunting and selling wild game. In 1875, she won a contest against noted marksman, Frank Butler, who convinced her to travel with him, performing across the country. The two eventually married, joining “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s Wild West Show in 1885, where Oakley performed under the title “Miss Annie Oakley, the Peerless Lady Wing-Shot.” Oakley toured internationally, remaining with the Wild West show until 1901 when she became partially paralyzed from a train accident, though she eventually regained her ability to perform. Oakley died on November 3, 1926 in Greeneville, Ohio. Annie Oakley was made a Great Ohioan in 2014.
This photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.