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HISTORY TIP OF THE DAY

History Tip of the Day – May 22nd

Annie Oakley marries Frank Butler, August 23, 1876

Born in a rural Ohio cabin in 1860, Phoebe Ann Mosey often said, “I was eight years old when I made my first shot.” When she was a very young woman an enterprising Cincinnati hotel owner arranged a hundred-dollar betting match between her and Frank E. Butler, owner of a traveling marksman show. They matched each other for twenty-four shots; Butler missed the twenty-fifth. Within a year, she had become the star of Butler’s show. Butler also fell in love and marries the girl, who adopted the name Oakley from the Cincinnati neighborhood where she briefly lived with him.