Annie Oakley by Shirl Kasper

By Shirl Kasper

“Nothing extra easy, I guarantee you….But I’ll let you know what. you want to have your brain, your by no means, and every little thing in concord. Don’t examine your gun, easily persist with the article with finish of it, as though the end of the barrel was once the purpose of your finger.” –Annie OakleyAnnie Oakley is a legend? America’s maximum girl sharpshooter, a girl who triumphed within the masculine international of street exhibits and firearms. regardless of her nice popularity, the preferred snapshot of Annie Oakley is much from precise. She was once neither a swaggering western gal nor a candy “little girl.” Annie Oakley used to be a aggressive and resolute girl who desired to be the easiest and succeeded. during this entire biography Shirl Kasper units the list instantly, giving us a correct, sincere, and compelling portrait of the girl often called “Little yes Shot.”Born Phoebe Ann Moses in Ohio in 1860. Annie took her first shot at age eight?“one of the simplest pictures I ever made,” Annie later acknowledged. It used to be the beginning of her lifelong fascination with taking pictures. Early neighborhood acclaim resulted in a competition with Frank Butler, a qualified sharpshooter. Annie gained and Frank fell in love along with her. Annie and Frank (who ultimately gave up his personal act to be Annie’s supervisor) have been wed now not lengthy after and remained married for forty-two years, till their deaths in 1926 simply day apart.Annie’s sharpshooting occupation all started whereas at the highway with Frank’s express, yet she rose to reputation in her seventeen years with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. Her velocity, agility, uncanny precision, and grace quickly made Annie global well-known. capturing used to be her ardour; except her occupation with the Wild West, Annie hunted, shot catch, entered many capturing contests, played for international conflict I troops, and, in her retirement years, taught millions of girls tips to shoot.Annie Oakley offers a vibrant and unforgettable portrait of this American unique: a prim and correct girl, conservative in her perspectives, hand-working and frugal, whose maximum resource of satisfaction used to be to be authorized as “a lady.” major occasions are documented the following for the 1st time: Annie’s choice to affix the suffering Wild West express; her assembly with Sitting Bull; the character of her feud with Lillian Smith, one other Wild West markswoman; and the true cause that Annie’s hair all of sudden became white whilst she used to be merely 41. completely researched, absolutely annotated, and fully unsentimental, this quantity is the main whole and checklist of Annie Oakley’s existence and achievements.

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The most distinguished prisoner of war in Dakota Territory was in town: Sitting Bull, who was blamed for the murder of General George Armstrong Custer at the Little Big Horn just eight years before. The good citizens of St. Paul stood on the streets watching for Sitting Bull, not sure whether to nod or hiss. Most just stared at the stout man with Page 26 the round shoulders and the deep chest. In their eyes, he was not a handsome man. His face was round, his eyes full, his hair long and black. It was parted exactly in the middle, each half plastered and bound with otter skin in a strand that fell to his waist.

A Postcard from Paris 103 13. A Press Sweetheart 118 14. At Home in Nutley 128 15. Village on Wheels 140 16. The Old Home Folks 153 17. End of the Road 162 18. The Western Girl 170 19. At the Traps 181 20. The Final Stand 189 21. A House on Hambrooks Bay 197 22. At the Carolina 203 23. Trouble on the Dixie Highway 219 Page viii 24. Home to Darke County 231 Epilogue 245 Notes 247 Bibliography 273 Index 279 Page ix Illustrations Annie Oakley's mother's house 9 The shooting team of Butler and Oakley, 1883 18 Frank Butler, c.

Unthinkable though it seems now, conservation was not a public issue, and there were no game limits. Around the Great Lakes, for example, a competent hunter could kill 150 to 200 white-tailed deer in one autumn and get between fifteen and twenty dollars for each.  (Courtesy of the Garst Museum, Greenville Ohio) were set, Annie was embarrassed when Charles Katzenberger showed her his old account books, listing the amount of game he had purchased from her. "I won't say how much, as I might be called a game hog," she said.

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