It was on this day in the Downs City Cemetery that I came across a white bronze tombstone. Bronze tombstones hail from the 1880s and 1890s and no doubt were very expensive. They always seem to mark children's graves, and this particular tombstone was no exception.
In examining the stone two things become immediately obvious: (1) that this was not just the marker for one child, but for three children; and (2) the immense loss that the parents felt for each child, and the poignant manner in which they expressed their grief in bronze sentiments that continue to echo across time and space.
To Mary Wade
To Adaline Wade
To Charles Wade
Over a third of all the graves found in Osborne County to date are of children aged ten years and younger. Nearly all those graves come from the period of 1871 to 1920, the fifty years in which the county was "settled" in the modern sense. Such sacrifice bears more than just a few moments of contemplation.