Shooting Contest, July 1999
Annie Oakley Days
On August 13, 1860, Phoebe Ann ("Annie") Moses was
born in a weatherbeaten log cabin in Darke County, Ohio. When Annie
was eight years old, she learned to use her father's old 40-inch
cap-and-ball Kentucky rifle to furnish the family with fresh game,
becoming so proficient that she paid off the mortgage on her
mother's home near North Star with the game she sold. In the fall
of 1875 she was invited to take part in a shooting match in
Cincinnati with Frank Butler, a champion marksman. She not only won
the match but the heart of Butler, and they were married a year
later. Assuming the name "Annie Oakley," she and her husband formed
a shooting act known as "Butler and Oakley." Annie became an expert
horsewoman, and in March 1885, she and Frank joined Buffalo Bill's
Wild West Show, with which they traveled and performed throughout
the United States for 17 years. Badly injured in a train accident
in 1901, upon her recuperation, Annie performed in a stage play in
New York City. She continued to hunt, teach marksmanship, and give
shooting exhibitions for charity. She died in Greenville, Darke
County, Ohio, on November 23, 1926.
Every year since 1963 the volunteer-run Annie Oakley
Committee of Greenville honors "Little Miss Sure Shot" - a name
given Annie by Sioux Indian Chief Sitting Bull - with Annie Oakley
Days. Events include shooting contests, a parade, rodeo, antiques
shows, a farmers' market, musical entertainment, historical tours
and a kiddie tractor pull. Project documentation comprise written
material on Annie Oakley and the Annie Oakley Committee,
photographs, a commemorative photo tour brochure of historic sites
around Greenville and Darke County, a program from the 1999 event,
newspaper coverage, souvenir tickets, an entry form for the
shooting contest, and a videotape.
Originally submitted by: John A. Boehner, Representative (8th District).
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