Tim Harmon

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What we know

1849 - 1900
Owned the Black Queen Mine with his brother, Sam. Married Anne Kingston, belle of Lake City, Vermont. On July 14, 1878, the family came back from a trip into Denver. He was driving a wagon over Monarch Pass into Marble Springs when a wheel went off the rut. Tried to recover, but a horse shied. Anne lost her sight. Two of the children, Margaret and Esther, died. Three remaining children: Laura, Jordan, and Isaac. The Silver Panic of'93 shut the mine down, and T. M. Davidson offered him a foreman’s job at the quarry.


by Jennifer Whitten

When Anne moved, he thought,
slim roots of new trees
led by nothing
tangible, traveling
dark ground
. When he strung the line
to help her find the garden, or held her hand and led her—
still: what miracle
that she moved at all.
Pushed her feet forward
and swept. Kneaded yeasty dough as though sight
was something she had never known, never needed.

She was a hummingbird flashing green inside his ribs.
She was the tangle of hay in the horse's stall, golden and useful.
Sometimes when he felt like a walnut shell, emptied,
rocking, he reached
for words to tell her and all he found
was color1.

To tell her she was turquoise
and he, the dull shade of drought
seemed worse than blasphemy. If she could not see, could she
recall color, or the ring he'd given her, blue-green stones in silver?

But she was turquoise, and light.
He was dun, dusty, could do little2
with his sight; could not bring hers back.
All night, in sleep, she shone into him
like some mysterious, forgiving star.





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A drawing of some calligraphic scrollwork with two hearts.
Anne Harmon

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