Author writes 'sweeping Western' novel

Cary Ashby • Feb 22, 2018 at 12:00 PM

HURON — A longtime Huron resident has written a novel he calls “a sweeping Western.”

Gary Harmon, who has lived in the city of Huron for about 45 years, has published his book, “The Broken Spur.” A launch event will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. March 8 at the Huron Public Library.

“The local programs draw the bigger crowds,” said Wendy Bromfield, head of public services at the library. “He’s a local author; that’s first and foremost. The book is historical; it’s based on historical facts.”

Bromfield said “The Broken Spur” should appeal to readers in the Huron area and specifically for people who are interested in history. She added the library hosts “quite a bit” of historical programs. 

This is the second book launching event at the library in about six months.

“We try to emphasize this is an educational program for everyone who loves to read,” Bromfield said.

During the event, Harmon will read a few excerpts from “The Broken Spur,” which will be available for purchase at a reduced price. 

“I would say it was a sweeping Western,” he said. “It is based on stories and legends I’ve picked up from the stockyards.”

Harmon’s family owned a stockyard in southern Indiana. Harmon himself also was a hog-buyer in Sandusky. 

“I worked for several major livestocks before I became a realtor,” he said, referring to jobs in Kansas City, Chicago, Evansville, Ind. and Owensboro, Ky. 

As Harmon listened to truck drivers, buyers and sellers share their stories, he became fascinated with what they had to say.

“They were so colorful and they stuck,” he said. “I thought, ‘Geez, somebody else out to talk about this too.’”

For about 20 years, Harmon wrote what would become “The Broken Spur.”

“I worked on it on and off for a long time,” he said. “When I retired, I finished it up.

“The characters are based on people I met in (the) livestock trading ring and auction barns,” Harmon added. “The characters and stories took off; you just hold the reins.”

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