and the Silver Boom
of the 1880's
Harmon and a partner invested in silver mine at Leadville, Colorado. When the mine came in rich, he and his wife went to Leadville. It was a wild frontier town... Harmon lost one eye in a mine accident. The two traveled back and forth between Colorado and Iowa and finally brought their family to Leadville. On one occasion Louisa (his wife) and the children were on the train when it was stopped by robbers… the women and children were told they would not be harmed if they kept quiet.
Next they moved to the Grand Valley, near Palisade, Colorado, where Harmon had peach orchards. He was influential in getting irrigation started, and was director of a bank.” “Later they moved to California where he developed lemon orchards at Whittier.
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"Farming is not for the
weak-of-heart. Like gambling, today’s fortunes can quickly
become tomorrow’s losses."