Annie Oakley: Little Sure Shot
As a young teen, Annie Oakley helped with family finances, by hunting small game for the local grocery store for resale to hotels and restaurants. She was so successful that she was able to pay the $200 mortgage on her mother’s house…and she was just 15 years old! One of her “customers”—who was impressed with her shooting—invited her to participate in a contest against well-known marksman, Frank E. Butler. Oakley won the match, but that didn’t stop Butler from being totally enamored of his opponent. Eventually, the two shooters were married on August 23, 1876. They joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in 1885. Oakley became a star attraction, and Butler was content to be her manager and assistant. The two remained with the show for 16 years. The Butlers retired in 1913. When the United States entered World War I in 1917, Oakley unsuccessfully offered to raise a regiment of woman volunteers to fight in the war and went so far as volunteering to teach marksmanship to the troops. In 1926, after 50 happy years of marriage, the Butlers passed away within three weeks of each other: Annie Oakley died on November 3, and Frank Butler died November 21. Read more at: http://centerofthewest.org/2014/08/03/annie-oakley-shoots-history/.
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