by Jim Supica, NRA Museums Director Note: This article was originally posted on NRA Blog
USA -(Ammoland.com)- Phoebe Ann Moses did not have an easy start in life.
Born to a poor family in Ohio, her father died when she was six, leaving her mother with six children on their own. Although the widow remarried, her second husband also soon died. At the age of 8, Phoebe Ann, known as Annie to her family, was sent to live at an infirmary which housed old and disabled folks and orphans. For years she helped care for other children there until returning to her family in her early teens.
Using her new stepfather’s old Kentucky rifle, she scoured the fields for game, selling her harvest to local grocery stores. Every shot was precious, and she became a deadly accurate shot. With this skill, she was able to earn enough money to also pay off the $200 mortgage on her mother’s home.
At this time, Frank Butler was one of America’s top showman-shooters. He traveled the country with his troupe performing amazing acts of trick shooting. To promote his shooting circus when he arrived in a new town, he’d challenge the …Read the Rest