Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Ohio Moments

Annie Oakley hit mark from Buckeye girlhood

Annie Oakley was born Phoebe Anne Mozee on a farm in Darke County on Aug. 12, 1860.

Also known as "Little Sure Shot," a nickname later bestowed by her friend Sitting Bull, she taught herself to shoot a Kentucky rifle and began hunting quail and other small game, which she sold to a grocery store in Greenville to help support her family. Her offerings commanded top dollar because she shot cleanly, thereby wasting no meat. Her reputation as a markswoman grew as she provided game to restaurants and hotels as far away as Cincinnati. By the time she was 15, Oakley had earned enough money to pay off the mortgage on the family farm.

She accepted an invitation to shoot in a contest against marksman and performer Frank E. Butler, who laughed when he heard he was being challenged by a woman. Oakley won the match. Butler became her manager and later her husband. They took their show on the road in the United States and abroad. Oakley may be best-known for shooting the ashes off a cigarette held by Kaiser Wilhelm II.

Ohio State Fair History

During the 1890s, there were at least 16 railroad companies serving Columbus and the fair.

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