Monday, August 13, 2012

A sure shot at sucess

Phoebe Ann Moses
  On August 13, 1860 Phoebe Ann Moses was born in North Star, Ohio.  She was born in a log cabin on a farm in what was then the frontier.   She didn't have an easy life, when she was about 8 years old she became a "ward of the state".  She was bound out to a local family who were supposed to make sure she went to school and was paid fifty cents a week; instead she spent two years in near slavery.
  She learned to trap for a family income, and hunted game that was sold to add to the household income.  She moved to Cincinnati where she continued to shot, hunt and sometimes showed her skills in exhibitions.
  A few years later she adopted her middle name as her first, Ann, and changed her last name to the name of the Cincinnati neighborhood where she lived "Oakley", and Annie Oakley became legend.
  Her most famous trick was to shoot with a .22 rifle, at a distance of 90 feet, and split a playing card "edge on", she would shot several more holes in the card before it hit the ground.  She showed her skills for years in "Buffalo Bills Wild West Show".
  Phoebe Ann Moses died November 3, 1926, at age 66 in Greenville, Ohio.
A poster from the show.

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