Born Phoebe Ann Moses in 1860, she is better known as ANNIE OAKLEY. She starred as a sharp shooter in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Known as “Little Sure Shot” she could split a playing card, edge-on, and put several more holes init before it could touch the ground. She did this using a .22 calibre rifle at 90 ft.
I’m sure her husband never argued with Annie before a show, because another one of her tricks was to shoot the end off a cigarette held in her husband’s lips. Such was her fame that she entertained Queen Victoria and shot a cigarette ot of Kraiser Wilhelm II’s mouth.
Born Martha Jane Canary, we know her better as CALAMITY JANE. She dressed like a man and worked and socialized along side tough frontiersmen. Calamity drank in bars and cussed like a man. During the mid 1800’s, she turned her hand to digging for gold and becoming a pony express rider.
A story says that Jane was travelling with a pack train carrying army supples when a mule went down. She watched as its driver kicked it viciously with his heavy army boots. Jane warned him not to kick the animal again. The driver knocked her hat off with his whip. Fast as lightning, Jane pulled her revolver. She ordered the driver to put the hat back on her head. He obeyed!
MARY FIELDS, born a slave in Tennessee (1832) she used her gun to protect women.
It is said that Mary was a feisty woman who liked a good fight. She had no formal education and made her way to Ohio where she worked for a Catholic convent. The head nun, Mother Amadeus, welcomed and befriended Mary. The Ursuline nuns moved from Ohio to Montana. Later, Mary learned that Mother Amadeus was ill. She traveled to Montana and nursed Mother Adadeus back to health. Back working for the nuns, Mary was instrumental in building St. Peter’s Mission School. She protected the nuns from two and four footed predators. However, Mary had a wild streak,with episodes of hard drinking and fights. The nuns dismissed her, but were gracious in providing finances to help Mary open a cafe. The business failed because Mary was too generous to the poor.
In 1895, she became a U.S mail coach driver in Montana. She and her mule Moses, never missed a day of work, and she earned the nickname “Stagecoach” for her unfailing reliability. She retired from the job at age eighty.