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Kyle L. Sly


Gray LaDassor


St. Louis, Missouri

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 part 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 Journal.

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 received.

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 "pedigreed collection."