IAGenWeb Iowa in the Great War 

White Way No. 7  & Jefferson Memorial Highway


~All Information on the White Way 7 & Jefferson Highway Memorial and photos are courtesy

of  Bryon Weesner

June 11, 1925


Gold Star Memorial Highway Will Be Decorated With Markers".

   --Glowing gold stars on a blue field with white marginal band will be the markers used on the state memorial highways as a memorial to Iowa's soldiers who died in the world war. The circlet will be sixteen inches in diameter and will be set on a five-foot steel post; the circlet will be of copper steel with a heavy enamel face. The lettering on a blue field will be in gold and on the white margin band will be in blue (sic). On each of the 4135 markers the name of an Iowa soldier will be placed. On the reverse side of the marker will be sockets for a one-fourth inch wooden flag staff. The steel posts will be placed in a concrete base deep enough to withstand ordinary bumps.

       White Way No. 7, designated as an east and west memorial highway by Governor Kendall, and Jefferson Highway, designated as north and south memorial highway by Governor Hammill, will carry the gold star markers to commemorate the Iowa men who gave their lives during the world war. These markers will be placed approximately seven to a mile along the entire route of the two memorial highways. The markers in themselves are beautiful and will be a fitting tribute. On Memorial Day, Armistice Day and other patriotic days, each marker will be decorated with an American flag. As the highways are brought to a grade, trees may be placed by each marker. The markers will be placed from city limit to city limit, but will not be placed in the corporation limits....

Memorial Markers

John Kobes WWI Memorial  at the Iowa Historical Museum.

Unrestored White Way WWI Memorial

           The restored marker hangs in the State Historical Museum in Des Moines, and the other is one found along the White Pole Road in Guthrie County.


First American Woman Killed in World War I

Marion Crandell was a French language teacher at St. Katharine's School in Davenport for two years. She volunteered to help the soldiers in France during World War I. Two months later, on March 27, 1918, she was killed by an exploding enemy shell in St. Menehould France. She was buried in a hospital cemetery and later moved to Meuse Argonne American Cemetery in France.


At the entrance to the government bridge at Davenport.


Unrestored Marion Crandell WWI Memorial, Davenport, Iowa.

Restored Marion Crandell WWI Memorial, Davenport, Iowa.

Before restoration

After restoration


Weller Cradell (Marion's Great nephew) and Vern Wriedt reattach restored memorial, 27 Mar 2007.

Weller Crandell (Marion's great nephew) and Vern Wriedt reattached restored sign. March 27, 2001