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Death of Annie Oakley

Posted in Adventure, Anniversary, Legend on Saturday, 23 October 2010

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Markswoman Annie Oakley. Illustration by James E. McConnell

3 November marks the anniversary of the death of Annie Oakley in 1926. Born Phoebe Anne Mosey in Woodland, Ohio, on 13 August 1860, she grew up impoverished circumstances, ill-educated but a remarkable markswoman. She was hunting game for food and sale in her early teens and. with her husband Francis E. Butler, joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1885 performing in America and Europe. She later became an actress, but continued to perform remarkable feats of marksmanship well into her sixties. She died aged 66. Her husband was so devastated, he died 18 days later.

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