Born: August 13, 1860, near Willowdell (formerly Woodland),
Died: November 3, 1926 (age 66), Greenville, Ohio
Phoebe Ann Mosey) was an American sharpshooter
and exhibition shooter. Oakley's amazing talent and timely rise to fame
led to a starring role in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, which
propelled her to become the first American female superstar.
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1) Jacob Mosey, Annie's father, died from pneumonia and overexposure
in freezing weather.
What year did he die?
2) Oakley began hunting at age nine to support her siblings and her
widowed mother. She sold the hunting game to locals for money, and her
skill eventually paid off the mortgage on her mother's house.
3) During the spring of 1881, the Baughman and Butler shooting act
was being performed in Cincinnati. Traveling show marksman and former
dog trainer Francis "Frank" E. Butler placed a $100 bet
per side (roughly equivalent to modern US$2,000) with Cincinnati hotel
owner Jack Frost, that Butler, age 31, could beat any local fancy
shooter. He arranged a match with Lillian Smith.
4) Frank Butler began courting Oakley, and they married in Windsor,
What day did they get married?
February 6, 1882
June 20, 1882
July 4, 1882
5) Annie and Frank joined Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in 1885. At 5
feet tall, Oakley was given the nickname of "Watanya Cicilla"
by a fellow performer, becoming "Little Sure Shot" in the
Who is credited in giving her the name?
Wild Bill Hickok
6) At the start with Buffalo Bill,
who was she a rival with?
7) In 1901, Oakley was also badly injured in a railway crash, but she
fully recovered after temporary paralysis and five spinal operations.
She left the Buffalo Bill show and began a quieter acting career in a
stage play written especially for her.
What was the play?
The Western Girl
The Way of the West
8) In 1903, sensational cocaine prohibition stories were selling
well. The newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst published a false
story that Oakley had been arrested for stealing to support a cocaine
9) What was the cause of Annie Oakley's death?
10) Where is Annie Oakley buried?
Brock Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio
Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum, Altadena, California
Greenville Union Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio