Located at New Hope Cemetery aka Stilwell Cemetery in Stilwell, OK.
Dec 11, 1910
Look at her sweet little fingers.
One of Laurel Hill's most poignant monuments, overlooking the Schuylkill River, shows a weeping woman clutching two babies. It was carved by a Polish sculptor named Henry Dmochowski-Saunders (1810-1863), whose bust of Kpscuiszko and Pulaski are in the U.S. Capitol. It represents the wife, the noted pianist, Helena Schaaff (1823-1857), and their two children. Their first was stillborn; two years later, the second child also died during birth, as did Helena. The distraught widower spent a year and a half carving the memorial to his dead family. Later, Dmochowski returned to Europe, where he was killed in 1863 while leading an uprising for Polish freedom against the Russian army. For many years, one of Laurel Hill's urban legends was that the mother looked on the spot in the river where she and her babies drowned during a boating accident. (Laurel Hill Cemetery Company)