Topic: Annie Ingle: California Cowgirl Date: Saturday, April 15, 2023 Time: 01:30pm Location: IOOF Hall, 1445 Butte St., Redding, CA Cost: Members Free, Non-members $5
Wild West shows and rodeos were very popular in the early 20th century, and opportunities abounded for cowboys and cowgirls alike to earn a living in the arena. Some of them joined big outfits, such as the 101 Ranch traveling Wild West show, and others independently “rode the circuit” of annual rodeos held throughout the West and Southwest.
Please join the Shasta Historical Society and author Connie Fairfield Ganz as we explore the life of an amazing Shasta County woman that carved her own path. Annie Ingle wasn’t the first woman to ride a bucking bronco at a rodeo, but she was one of the only ones of Wintu descent raised in a place where prejudices ran deep and opportunities for self-improvement were scarce. Faced with few local prospects for substantial employment, Annie turned her riding skills into a successful career for almost two decades.
Annie was born in Shasta County, California, on April 14, 1890. She was the youngest of 10 children. Her parents were British immigrant miner John Ingle and his Native American bride, Pui dal Tewis (English name Jane). Annie started competing at rodeos as a young adult around 1909, the year after her father died. After her glory days, Annie lived a quiet life. She passed away June 28, 1971, in Redding. She is a shining example for young Native American women everywhere who can discover, as she did, that you can overcome obstacles and forge your own successful life story.