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On August13 1860 Pheobe Ann Moses was born to Jacob and Susan Moses in their one room cabin in Patterson Ohio When Annie was around 6 her father contracted pnemonia while traveling the 18 miles home from town in a blizzard and died in the spring of 1866 Afterward Susan had trouble supporting the six childen After the three older children married and left MrsMoses was forced to send the three younger children to neighbors housesOne day while dusting the funiture Annie decided to take down her fathers gun and clean it A few days later she saw a squirrel running in the field Excitedly she took down the gun and loaded it She hastily aimed and fired To her suprise the squirrel was cleanly shot though the head even though she was only 8 years old Annies mom liked having the meat for dinner but the familys Quaker religion opposed violence Annie had to promise never to use the gun on someoneAnnie was well known in Cincinnati for her cleanly shot birds People who ate the birds did not have to worry about chipping a tooth on scattered bird shot A restaraunt owner set up a shooting match with the well known sharpshooter Frank Butler Annie shot all 25 birds while Frank shot only 24 Later Frank would say that he lost two things to Annie that day the match and his heartAnnie and Frank went on the road as a team Annie wanted a fancy name so she settled on Oakley a suburb outside of CincinnatiAnnie loved showbiz She liked to keep the audience on the edge of their seats When the Butler and Oakley team joined the Sells Brother Circus Frank stopped shooting and became Annies manager and assistant managing the money and the schedule throwing up targets for Annie to shoot at and loading Annies gun for her In 1885 Annie joined Buffalo Bills Wild West show Annie was injured twice
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