Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Another Woman Of The Wild West...!

It has become obvious over the years that women played quite an important part in the history of the wild west.

Some were very contained and some were more flamboyant...but as always the ladies played an important part of our early history.

Lillian Smith

Lillian Smith was the only woman with the potential to eclipse Annie Oakley, but instead she's an often forgotten figure from the Wild West. Smith gained popularity after she joined Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show at age 15. Like Oakley, she was an incredible shot — but she favored the rifle, instead of Oakley's preferred shotgun. Because of her young age, colorful clothes, and penchant for swearing, Smith was substantially younger than Oakley, and the two were rivals. But while touring in London, Smith shot so badly that she was ridiculed. Soon after, her career ended.

I find it interesting that not many of these strong willed women are mentioned in the history books or in the classes taught today. That is a shame, if you ask me.

Coffee out on the patio again this morning.


linda m said...

It really is a shame that women are rarely mentioned in our Country's history. They really did contribute a lot but don't get the credit. With today's "women's movement" you would think they would get more mention. Snowed here yesterday - now I have to shovel. YUK

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
I can't believe it snowed there again. I know you must be ready for some Spring weather, right?
Thanks for coming over this morning!

JO said...

I'm really late this morning just didn't want to get up.

I have a couple books on women of the west, Soiled Doves by Anne Seagraves, The Lady Was a Gambler by Chris Enss, Bedside Book Of Bad Girls, by Michael Rutter and The Gentle Tamers, by
Dee Brown. They are really good reads if interested

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
Don't worry about being late for coffee, that's what it's there for. The books sound like good reads to me. Thanks for dropping by, dear!

Ian H said...

It seems that we seem to forget that there is a lot more history to teach since we went to school😬