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,
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
A military funeral was held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in
Submitted by Bruce Vanderwest, E2794 Hwy 54, Casco,
Dedicated LeSueur County Pioneer Power member JOHN O. BARKLOW,
78, of St. Peter, Minnesota passed away June 2, 1992 after a
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
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
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
Submitted by Ada A. Eyler, 5490 Ft. Amanda Rd., Lima, Ohio
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
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
Submitted by Ewald D. Lofdahl, 134 Harrison, Lindsborg,