In the small Bethel Cemetery in rural Harrison County, Iowa, is a double tablet gravestone commemorating the graves of two children.
DIED NOV. 19, 1879
6 YEARS & 9
DEC. 29, 1879
5 YEARS & 15
PETER C & AMANDA
Tis hard to give them up
Yet we drink from the bitter cup in hope
That we shall meet again
Beyond this sphere of sin and pain.
In the top of the white marble marker in a double rounded inset mimicking the gravestone shape is a carved image of a boy and a girl holding hands depicting the Henderson’s children who died a little more than a month apart at the end of 1879. The stone is a reminder of how high mortality rates were for infants and children in the 19th Century.