Big Boulder Marks Merle Hay Road in Honor Iowa
Des Moines, May 18 - An immense boulder has been placed along the Merle
Hay road just at the city corporation line as a marker and will be
dedicated by appropriate exercises on the afternoon of Memorial day,
May 30. Inscribed on the boulder are the words, Merle Hay road and the
date, 1917. The boulder is to stand as a monument to Merle Hay, the
first Iowa boy to lose his life in the world war and for whom the paved
road leading to Camp Dodge was named. Lafayette Young, publisher of the
Des Moines Cap8ital, will be in charge of the dedicatory exercises.
Mrs. Hay of Glidden, mother of Merle Hay, will be on hand at the
dedication and will unveil the marker.
~source: Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette May 18, 1921