Originally Posted by tropicalescape
I have been to the hunt club at Southern Pines NC many times over the years..Once bought a candle stick holder from an antique dealer that said it belonged to Anny Oakley(no good provenance ) ,She used to hang out there you know..
Annie Oakley, real name Phoebe Moses was orphaned at an early age while living in Kentucky. She used her late fathers Kentucky long gun to shoot game
in order to provide food
for her mother and other members of the family
. She was so good with the rifle that she earned enough money
from selling her game
that she was able to pay off the family
She became a part of Buffalo Bills Wild West Show and immediately became famous as the best known women marksman in America. A great women and a great American.
. ......She could shoot off the end of a cigarette held in her husband's lips, hit the thin edge of a playing card from 30 paces and shoot distant targets while looking into a mirror. She would also shoot holes through cards thrown into the air before they landed, inspiring the practice of punching holes in a free event ticket being referred to as an "Annie Oakley." Oakley even entertained such royals as Queen Victoria and Kaiser Wilhelm II—and shot a cigarette out of the kaiser's mouth.