The Death of Annie Oakley | The British Newspaper Archive Blog


The Death of Annie Oakley (aka ‘Little Sure Shot’) – 3 November 1926

Annie Oakley (aka Phoebe Ann Moses), the sharpshooter who found fame in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, died in North Star, Ohio, on 3 November 1926 – she was 66.  Oakley was a champion rifle, wing, and trick shot.  She received international fame.  On one occasion, when Annie was in London,

‘five monarchs were present, and one of them, a man who was afterwards to rule as Wilhelm II of Germany, expressed a desire to have the ash removed from his cigar by a bullet from Annie’s rifle.  The present King gave her a medal, and described her as the greatest shot he had ever known’.

Annie Oakley in London
Arbroath Herald and Advertiser for the Montrose Burghs | 3 December 1926


Below are a couple more news stories reporting on Annie’s remarkable feats and interesting life.

Annie Oakley
Illustrated Police News | 14 May 1892


Aberdeen Press and Journal | 6 November 1926


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