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SHARPSHOOTER OF THE WILD WEST
(1860 – 1926)
I was born in 1860 in a log cabin in the wilderness of Ohio. My parents were Quaker pioneers and I was the sixth of their eight children. They named me Phoebe Ann Moses, but my sisters called me Annie.
My father died when I was 5 years old. Because we were very poor, I was responsible for getting meat for our family. At first, I caught small animals in traps made of cornstalks. Later, after a lot of practice with my father's rifle, I learned to shoot them and became a crack shot.
My mother married again and we lived on a farm owned by her husband, Mr. Shaw. I hunted to put food on our table, but that wasn't enough. One day I took a string of game birds and a bundle of skins to town. By the end of the day, I had sold them all. Soon I was supplying game to the hotels and restaurants in town on a regular basis and selling the skins to traders. I made so much money that, before long, my stepfather's farm was paid off.