DONALD CAIN SR., 78, E3519 Hwy. 54, Casco, Wisconsin died June 30, 1992 at the Kewaunee Health Care Center.
Born May 7, 1914 in Casco to the late Timothy and Nell (Fitzgibbons) Cain, he married Hazel Massart on September 27, 1947.
He was employed at Hall Enterprises and Frank Hamachek Machine Company until his retirement. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army in North Africa and Europe. He was a member of the Casco American Legion Post 319.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel; two sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Chris, of New Franken; Donald Jr. and Ethel, of Casco; four grandchildren; a sister-in-law; one godchild and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters.
A military funeral was held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Casco.
Submitted by Bruce Vanderwest, E2794 Hwy 54, Casco, Wisconsin 54205.
Dedicated LeSueur County Pioneer Power member JOHN O. BARKLOW, 78, of St. Peter, Minnesota passed away June 2, 1992 after a six-month illness.
He was born in Bingham Lake, Minnesota where he grew up and worked on area farms and also worked with his parents at their hotel and restaurant. In 1940 he became a Watkins salesman in LeSueur County. After eight years of sales, he became a Post Master until 1959 when be became a supervisor for an area electronics manufacturer.
At retirement in 1978, he enjoyed many hobbies such as fishing, traveling and going to engine shows. It was at that time he became interested in collecting miniatures. His love for the farm and farm machinery led him to collect and restore gas engines, collect and build model steam, gas and hot air engines. In 1980 John and his son John Paul joined the LeSueur County Pioneer Power Association, where he enjoyed displaying and operating his miniature engines.
Over the years, John established a permanent home for models, called Miniature land. It will now be named John Barklow Miniature land, in his memory.
John will be missed by his Pioneer Power friends and all the people he touched with his Pioneer Power heart.
Original article written by John Paul Barklow, and submitted by Betty Sticha, LeSueur County Pioneer Power.
ELVIN H. (IKE) EYLER, of Lima, Ohio died November 30, 1991 after an extended illness. He is survived by his wife Ada, two daughters, two grandchildren, one sister and two brothers.
Elvin was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Lima for 43 years.
He was a veteran of WWII, serving with the U.S. Army Corps three years. Two of those years were in the European Theater. He had worked as an automotive mechanic, retiring from a local Ford dealership after 40 years of service.
In 1969 he found an old, abandoned gasoline engine, a 1925 Fairbanks Morse, on a neighbor's farm, restored it, and became interested in acquiring, restoring and showing engines at the gas engine shows. Since 1970 he attended many shows in Ohio and Indiana and made a wide circle of friends. He was a member of the Buckeye Farm Antiques Club.
In 1988 he acquired a Harshman tractor which had been built, probably about 1934, in Cridersville, Ohio, a small neighboring community. For a year he worked on it to restore it to like-new condition. In 1989, 1990, and 1991 he drove it in local parades and exhibited it at engine and tractor shows. In May 1990 it was the featured tractor at the first show held by the Buckeye Farm Antiques Club at Wapakoneta, Ohio. It was also the subject of an article printed in the July 1990 issue of Gas Engine Magazine.
Elvin never met a stranger! He was always ready to help, with a warm and friendly smile. He was a good neighbor and had many friends, and was very proud of his children and grandchildren. We miss him!
Submitted by Ada A. Eyler, 5490 Ft. Amanda Rd., Lima, Ohio 45805.
RUDOLPH (RUDY) JOSEPH SEJKORA, 83, died April 22, 1992 at the Chapman Valley Manor, Chapman, Kansas.
Mr. Sejkora was born November 9, 1908 at Steinauer, Nebraska and moved to Chapman in 1928.
His daughter Joyce Hilkie preceded him in death. Two sisters, Mildred Kabriel and Velma Klunk, survive, along with two grandchildren.
Rudy worked at a service station and as a plumber before he went into the Navy, where he served as a steam fitter.
Mr. Sejkora owned many different steam engines in his lifetime. He had a love for Case engines and rebuilt many. Besides re-fluing steam engines he loved polka music. He was well known in the central United States.
Rudy was a charter member of the Central Kansas Flywheels, Inc. of Salina, Kansas, and a very faithful worker until his health failed.
Submitted by Ewald D. Lofdahl, 134 Harrison, Lindsborg, Kansas 67456.