Annie Oakley describes her auto accident recovery

    Annie Oakley Autograph Letter Signed "Annie Oakley Butler." Four pages, 5.25" x 6.75", Greensboro, North Carolina, October 10 [1923]. Near the end of her life - Oakley died of anemia in 1926 - the talented exhibition sharpshooter writes this letter to "My dear Miss Tildesley." Transcribed as written in part:

    "We left Cambridge just two weeks ago. And stopped off in Boston to see Dr. Baer. He said there was an improvement in my foot though it had been very slow. But for me to fight on and he was sure I would win out in time. So we both feel incouraged. I can walk much better than when you seen me. We have just left the Hotel and taken A suite here. We have A pretty living room, furnished in wicker with pretty colors. A wicker table with plate glass top so we can make coffee. Tea. Toast. and even boil eggs if we like. A french door opens on A private varanda with pretty flowers. . . . 2 nice hot water radiators. And a fire place with gass logs. . . . We have to share our bath with the Lady that owns the house. But the many other advantages more than make up for the loss of A strictly private bath. We will take our time in looking up A Suitable place to build in the early spring. This is A fine . . . [illegible] City. The best kept I have ever seen. So if I live and you ever come south just stop off for a little visit. The latch string will be out. Our address for the winter will be here at 357 North Elm Street, Greensboro, North Carolina."

    Several months before writing this letter, sixty-three-year-old Annie Oakley was still setting shooting records when she and her husband, Francis Butler, were injured in an automobile accident. As she continues to recuperate, Oakley's highly competitive spirit is seen in this letter as she stresses that she is "incouraged" by Dr. Baer's admonition to "fight on and . . . win out in time" and she seems proud to inform Miss Tildesley that she could "walk much better than when you seen me." When she wrote this, she was still wearing a brace on her right leg as she traveled with Butler, who was also a performing sharpshooter. The letter is written on letterhead reading "The O'Henry / Greensboro, N.C." Oakley has struckthrough "O'Henry" and written her temporary address, "357 Elm St." From the Judith Kaplan Women's History Collection.

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