Gun-Toting Granny

In 2007, Monroe County resident Lenny Ventre was searching for the name of this gun-toting granny, when he submitted the picture to “Yesterdays Photo.”

His hope that the old gal could be identified became a reality, when Harry Butler of Price Township saw the published photo and wrote to the Pocono Record.

“As many old-timers will agree, the woman shown with the pistol is without question Ms. Sure Shot Shirley Simpson,”  Butler wrote.

“Simpson was well known to patrol her land wearing nothing but an overcoat and carrying her pistol, which many found quite disturbing on a windy day,” he added.

Butler recalled sitting on the grass with friends — always behind Simpson — as she took aim at approaching real estate agents, who were hoping to discuss the sale of her land.

“Not one of them made it within 50 yards of her,” Butler wrote. She would say that she never “meant to kill ‘em, just wing ‘em.’ ”

Simpson never married; upon her death, the land was sold at auction to LTS Builders and is now a strip mall, Butler added.


“Yesterdays Photo” feature is published every Sunday in the Pocono Record.

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