Life is but a steam

Dozens of old-time farm implements raised eyebrows at the opening of the 29th annual Mid-Iowa Power Antique Show Friday, but one of them receiving a bulk of the attention was a big steam engine.

The 1915 Minneapolis engine was being operated on the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office grounds by Bryan Healy, the grandson of the former owner and operator, John Healy, of Newton.

“We’ve done a nice job restoring it,” Healy said. “We get a lot of compliments.”

The engine, which weighs 26,000 pounds, has a permanent home now in the Jasper County Museum in Newton. For the older generation, the engine gets people reminiscing.

“It’s a great memory trigger,” Healy said. “It’s a great way to get people to tell stories.”

One of the ideas of the power show is to bring the past to life as a way to honor it and pass it on to future generations, much like the Healy engine.

“We want to share with the younger generation what our forefathers went through and preserve it for ages to come,” said Ron Veren, of State Center, who is a power show board member.

Judith Spitzli, of Marshalltown, brought granddaughters Ella, 5, and Geneva, 3, to the show.

“Ella and I have been here every year since she was 2 and this is Geneva’s first time here,” Spitzli said. “We love to see all the different kinds of tractors.”

The power show continues Saturday and Sunday eight miles west of Marshalltown along Highway 30 and admission is $7 for adults.