WASHINGTON — She was born into extreme poverty and suffered abuse and hardship as a child, but she proved that if you set a goal and work hard enough, you can overcome anything. In her day, Annie Oakley was one of the most famous women in the world and America’s sweetheart, celebrated in books and film, and a friend to royalty. And it all began because she was hungry.
Phoebe Ann Oakley Mozee (sometimes spelled Mosey or Mauzy), was born in a crude log cabin on August 13, 1860, near present day North Star, Ohio, the fifth of seven children. Her sister called her Annie, and the name stuck. Annie’s father, Jacob, died in 1866, and her mother Susan, remarried, only to be widowed a second time.
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