Probably not. But you’ve probably heard of Annie Oakley. Her original name was Phoebe Ann Moses, but she got teased about it when she was younger and so, when she was older, she changed it to Annie Oakley. Where did she get that name? Well, “Annie” came from “Ann”, her middle name, and “Oakley” was the name of a place she once had a shooting show at (that’s what people think).
Today we went to the Annie Oakley Museam in Greenville, Ohio. She suffered many hardships in her childhood, including the death of her father, but instead of being overcome by poverty, she used her father’s gun to hunt for food. She shot so much game, that she was able to sell the surplus to fur traders and a local hotel. The hotel appreciated Annie’s quail more than the the other hunters’, because she shot her quail clean through the head, which made for bullet-free meat!
Before she was a celebrity, most men doubted the accuracy of her aim. But one day in Cincinnati, a man offered her the chance to shoot against the already famous Frank Butler. Annie jumped at the opportunity to earn some money using her talent. When she beat him in the shooting match, not only did she win $100, but she won Frank’s heart.
They stayed together the rest of their lives and passed away within only 18 days of each other.
“Aim at a high mark, and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time, and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming, and keep on shooting, for only practice will make you perfect. Finally, you’ll hit the bull’s-eye of success.” -Annie Oakley