Sold game to locals in town in Greenville, and restaurants and hotels
Paid $200 mortgage on farm at age 15
Spring 1881 in Cincinnati met Frank Butler (1850-1926) took $100 to beat anyone bet
Butler missed after 24th shot; Annie won money and his heart
Married June 20, 1882
“Aim at a high mark and you will hit it.”
Lived in Cincinnati for awhile
Took last name from neighborhood of Oakley
She assisted Frank then he was her assistant in show.
1885 joined show
“Watanya Cicilla” Little Sharp Shooter
Europe – Queen Victoria; King Umberto I of Italy; Prince of Prussia – Kaiser Wilhelm II-ashes of cigarette
(WW I) asked for a second shot; better aim no war.
Rivalry with Lillian Smith (1871-1930)
Promoted service of women in combat in U.S. armed forces; wrote a letter to President William McKinley on April 5, 1898 “offering the government t he services of a company of 50 ‘lady sharpshooters’ who would provide their own arms and ammunition should the U.S. go to war with Spain.” Her offer was not accepted.
Teddy Roosevelt named his men the Rough Riders after Buffalo Bill’s Rough Riders of the World
1903 sensational cocaine prohibition stories selling well
William Randolph Hearst false story of being arrested; 6 years winning 54/55 libel lawsuits-newspapers