Annie Oakley is pretty much THE name that is thrown around when it comes to gun slinging ladies. But who was she? And how did she come to be such a magnificent shot?
Annie was the fifth of seven children born to Jacob and Susan Moses. It was Jacob who first showed Annie how to shoot and what it meant to be a good marksman. But when she was just six years old, Jacob died. Annie spent the next few years away as a hired servant before returning home – a home that had gained a stepfather in her absence.
It was during this time, when food was scarce, that Annie began to shoot at small game. Soon she was bringing in enough meat that she was able to sell some of it to the fancy restaurants in the nearby towns. But it wasn’t until her shooting match with Frank Butler that she began to be known across the country as a markswoman.
Frank Butler was one of the top marksmen in the country, but after seeing Annie’s display, he freely admitted that she had him beat. Before long, he admitted something else – that he loved her. They quickly married and began touring first America, and then England and Europe as a part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.
Even as they grew older, it never felt right for Frank and Annie to settle down in any one home, so they continued to travel until, in her old age, Annie began to grow weak. She died in 1926 – Frank refused to eat after he heard of her death and followed her to the grave after eighteen days.
It is mentioned how cruelly Annie was treated by her first employers (she was beaten and left out in the cold as a matter of regularity).
Lillian Smith and her “brassy” apparel and behavior are mentioned.
‘D***’ is used once.
Conclusion. Good – better than either Little Sure Shot or Annie Oakley.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret