Annie Oakley (Legends of the Wild West) by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

In Annie Oakley, examine this awesome lady whose sharpshooting abilities and fast wit received her many fanatics and admirers.

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Oakley brushed them, sponged them with soapy water, and pressed them. Then, she wrapped them in tissue paper to keep them from wrinkling and packed them in her traveling trunk. Fern idolized her famous aunt and wanted to be just like her. After watching Oakley sew, Fern decided to make her own doll dresses. One day, she accidentally cut into some fabric that her mother was using to sew a dress for Oakley. Having bought just enough fabric to make the dress, Fern’s mistake meant that the dress could not be completed.

In addition, Oakley had been doing some work outside of the Wild West. She was giving shooting lessons and took exhibition jobs at gun clubs. Oakley was making some good money on the side, and this knowledge undoubtedly irritated Cody. With tensions continuing to boil, Oakley and Butler made a daring move. They decided to quit the Wild West and start their own show, featuring Little Sure Shot Annie Oakley. indd 50 1/12/10 4:11:55 PM 6 A New Show In December 1887, Frank Butler and Annie Oakley returned to New York City from London alone, while Buffalo Bill’s Wild West stayed in England until the following May.

At least Smith had been brave enough to try. Sportsmen wondered why Cody, who was now known also as “The Colonel,” would not take a crack at the running deer. Perhaps, they assumed, he was afraid he would miss. And so, newspaper reporters hailed Oakley as the real champion of the Wild West. When Oakley started to steal the show away from Buffalo Bill, their relationship became more strained. In addition, Oakley had been doing some work outside of the Wild West. She was giving shooting lessons and took exhibition jobs at gun clubs.

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