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A collection of documents, letters, and items regarding Weir, Kansas (Cherokee County), and mining and business in Southeast Kansas.

Floyd B. Lyerla was born on November 20, 1928 and died

December 23, 2009. Lyerla enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school during World War II and was called to active duty with the U.S. Army during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired after 23 years of service in 1970. Lyerla was a decorated veteran with 23 military awards, including the World War II Victory Medal, Army Occupation with Germany Device, Korean Defense Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign with Device. In 1962, Lyerla graduated from the University of Omaha with a Bachelor of General Education. He went on to study education at the post-graduate level at Pittsburg State University, 1970 - 1971. Lyerla wrote the book Tri-State Prehistoric Indianology along with many articles in newspapers and other publications. His interest in Indian Archaeology led to pictures of his findings being published in books, and to being President of the Crawford County Amateur Archaeological Society.

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Government and Law, Mining


Mining Engineering

Size of Collection

.4 linear foot

Dates of Collection


Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0219

Lyerla, Floyd B., collection, 1915-1931

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