Little Sure Shot
“Aim at a high mark and you’ll hit it. No, not the first time nor the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you will hit the bull’s eye of success” ("Home"). – Annie Oakley
Who was Annie Oakley?
Annie Oakley with her Guns
1875: Enters first shooting competition where she meets and beats her future husband, Frank Butler.
1876: Marries Frank Butler.
1885: Joins Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show.
1901: Is injured in a train accident while on the road, causing her to retire from the Wild West Show.
1903: Engages in a long legal battle when slanderous stories are printed about her.
1911: Starts performing with the Young Bill Wild West, a competitor to Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show.
1917: Begins organizing shooting demonstrations as fundraisers for the U.S. effort in World War One.
1922: Is involved in a car accident which gives her a limp for the rest of her days.
1926: Dies in Ohio. Frank soon follows (WGBH).
Annie Leaves her Mark
Filmed by Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope
- Annie Oakley, with gun Buffalo Bill gave her. 1922. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. Web. 19 Apr. 2012. <http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/00651800/>.
- Barry, David F. Annie Oakley, by Indian in war bonnet, full length. 1897-1926. Denver Public Library, Denver, CO. Library of Congress American Memory. Web. 19 Apr. 2012. <http://cdm15330.contentdm.oclc.org/u?/p15330coll22,69678 >.
- Fox, Richard K. Annie Oakley - Famous Rifle Shot and Holder of the Police Gazette Championship Medal. 1899. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington D.C. Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. Web. 18 Apr. 2012. <http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2009631997/>.
“Home.” Annie Oakley Center Foundation. Garst Museum, 2009. Web. 23 Apr. 2012. <annieoakleycenterfoundation.org>.
- The "Little Sure Shot" of the "Wild West," Exhibition of Rifle Shooting at Glass Balls. Dir. William Heise. Perf. Annie Oakley. Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1894. YouTube. Hendricks (Gordon) Collection (Library of Congress), 26 Mar. 2009. Web. 19 Apr. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQSTSNq5dOM>.
- The Peerless Lady Wing-shot. Circus World Museum, Baraboo, WI. Primary Resources: Wild West in New York. PBS, 2010. Web. 17 Apr. 2012. <http://www-tc.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/media/uploads/oakley_statenisland.jpg>.
- WGBH. "Timeline: The Life of Annie Oakley." American Experience. PBS, 2010. Web. 17 Apr. 2012. <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/timeline/oakley/>.