Farm Collector


By Staff

RUDOLPH JOSEPH SEJKORA of Chapman, Kansas, 83, died April 22,
1992 at the Chapman Valley Manor.

Mr. Sejkora was born November 9, 1908 at Steinauer, Nebraska and
moved to Chapman in 1928.

His daughter, Joyce Hilkie, preceded him in death. Sisters
Mildred Kabriel of Summerfield, Kansas and Velma Klunk of Murray,
Kentucky survive, along with two grandchildren.

Rudy worked at a service station and as a plumber before he went
into the Navy and 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 reflueing
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,
Kansas 67456.

JOHN A. STHNKUHL, age 84, died July 6, 1992. He had been in
failing health for a long time.

He was born in northern Vander-burgh County, Darmstadt, Indiana,
October 15, 1907. He moved to Evansville, Indiana at the age of
eleven and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

In his early years, he and his brother George (deceased) owned
and operated a threshing rig and threshed wheat throughout northern
Vanderburgh County for many farmers. Later he owned and operated a
coal mine in Warrick County near Boonville, Indiana. During World
War II in 1941, he was hired to go to work at Sterling Brewers in
Evansville, Indiana. He retired from there in 1972 after 31 years
of employment.

Together with some friends, he was one of the first to form and
join the Antique Steam and Gas Engine Club of Boonville, Indiana
which is now in its 29th year. He also was among the first to run
and display his Keck Gonnerman engine at the Scott Vanderburgh
County Fair of Evansville, Indiana. At both fairs he ran the Keck
Gonnerman either on the sawmill or threshing wheat.

John and his other brother, Pat, built two upright engines, one
being a Kratz, which they used to run, had it in parades or
displayed at the fairs when they were still able to do so.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters and four

Submitted by Mrs. John Stein-kuhl (his wife), 1214 N. Second
Ave., Evansville, Indiana 47710.

  • Published on Nov 1, 1992
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