Saturday, December 11, 2010

Entering Marriage with Guns Blazing!

With her 22cal. rifle at 90 feet Oakley reputedly could split a playing card and put five or six more holes in it before it touched the ground. 

In 1881 the famous Baughman and Butler shooting act was going on in Cincinnati. Frank E Butler, the star of the show boasted that he could beat any local fancy shooter. He bet a hotel owner $100 who arranged a shooting match and Butler was quite surprised on knowing that a young girl had accepted his challenge. In a short while Butler was face to face with Oakley in the shooting competition which he lost and Annie won and simultaneously they lost their hearts to each other. After this Frank began dating Annie which eventually led to a happy marriage and partnership of 44 years.

Frank gave up his career to manage hers as her talent and luck landed her a starring role in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show where she performed and this eventually shot her to fame as she went on to become the first American female superstar.
Annie died in 1926 and a heart broken Frank followed her to the grave 18 days after Annie. 
Just shows you that guns and marriage can go together... Blessings!