ANNIE OAKLEY by Sharon Garst


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The sharp shooting markswoman of her day, Phoebe Anne Moses, took her first target practice at the many game birds near her home in Ohio. Her father's death made her childhood somewhat rootless. To carry out a wager she pitted her skill with a rifle against Frank Butler's, a vaudeville player. She bested him at the contest and later married him. They toured together, then joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, where her stage name, Annie Oakley, proved a drawing card in major cities across the United States and in Europe. Though they later joined other shows, she was never happy away from Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull, the chief who regarded her almost as a daughter. The twilight years were richer for the home she and Frank bought in New Jersey, despite latter day ill health. Narration is pedestrian, but recent TV shows may bolster the appeal of this biography.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1958
Publisher: Messner