Kyle L. Sly, noted collector and authority on Indian
artifacts, passed away on Saturday, June 28, 1958,
in John Cochran Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. Mr.
Sly had been suffering from cancer since the first
of 1958 and entered the hospital during the latter
of April. Mr. Sly was interred at the Jefferson-Barracks
National cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.
He enlisted in the United States Army in 1918 and
server in the rank of Sergeant of the flying school,
Rich Field, Texas air service, Waco Texas. He was a
member of the Rich Field Veterans Association.
He was born at Ripey, in Brown County, Ohio, on March
7, 1893, and at various times resided in Iowa Oklahoma,
Arkansas and Missouri. He spent most of the last thirty-five
years living in St. Louis.
He attended Oklahoma University and was employed as
an engineer by the Johns-Mansville and Barrett Roofing
companies for a period of many years. He also served
as assistant manager of Lambert Airfield, in St. Louis,
during World War II.
He has been a collector for many years and was noted
for his very fine and informative articles on Indian
artifacts, many of those articles being published by
Hobbies Magazine, of Chicago, and the Central States
Since the articles were published in the Central States
Journal, your editors have received more correspondence
and comment, all highly commendatory, concerning these
articles than any others we have published. His contributions
have been of untold value and assistance to the beginner
as well as to the average and advanced collectors.
For many years he had gone out of his way to advise
and inform, in person, any and all collectors who sought
his opinion. Many are those who have benefited by
his unselfish advice.
He had one of the most beautiful and desirable medium-sized
collections in the United States, most of which he
personally acquired from the original finders or found
himself. He had more complete data concerning each
article than any other collector your editor-in-chief
has seen. He would spend days verifying data he had
Your editor-in-chief believes after many years of
personal observation that Mr. Sly had more genuine
love for Indian artifacts than any collector he has
ever met and that he had the finest innate sense of
judgment and feel for the genuine artifacts than any
collector he has known. To see him admire and study
an artifacts was a privilege in itself. His passing
is a loss to all who collect and love Indian artifacts
and his place will not readily be filled.
Young collectors will well emulate his policy of keeping
meticulous records and data relating to artifacts in
his collection. That was a "must" with him and there
should be more like him in this respect. His was a