TERRY GRICE: An Iron Man With Steam in His Blood!


| July/August 1997



Case steam engine

Terry Grice operating his vintage Case steam engine. Photo by author.

Man Ann Wearda

Box 235 Hampton, Iowa 50441

He's a steam engine enthusiast who has rescued junked engines from as far away as Canada and hauled them to his farm near Geneva, Iowa, where he restores them to perfect condition.

Twenty years ago he used to restore Harley motorcycles and he let his hair grow long. Now, with his Amish-style beard, suspendered jeans and straw hat, he looks the role of an early 1900s iron man.

Grice displays and operates his treasures every July at the Franklin County Fair on Grandpa's Farm, a 14 acre field at the fairgrounds just west of Hampton, Iowa.

Fairgoers watch as he maneuvers the 21,000 pound Case steam engine to pull the antique eight-bottom gang plow or to hook up the 200 foot belt to run the threshing machine.

Tom Brass, treasurer of the Fair Board, said he's known Grice for about twenty years. 'We knew he had steam engines so when we started Grandpa's Farm six years ago, we asked him if he would come to the fair and operate some of the antique machinery we had.'