Grave marker for Isabella Henkle
Sixteen-year-old Isabella Henkle, knowing in 1873 that she was dying, “gave directions where and how she wished to be buried.” Her name is somewhat difficult to see but can be found on a family marker for her parents, Zebadiah and Mary Henkle, in Mount Union Cemetery. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on Jan. 25, 1873, in the Benton Democrat, Page 2, Column 5.


Near Philomath, January 20th, 1873, after a lingering illness of nearly two years, Miss Bell Henkle, daughter of Zebadiah and Mary I. Henkle, aged 16 years, 1 month and 16 days.

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Deceased was born in Lee county, Iowa, September 4, 1856; emigrated to California, with her parents, in 1866, and in the following year, to Oregon, where she lived until the time of her death. After skillful physicians had done all they could, and she felt that she soon must die, she frequently spoke of dying, and gave directions where and how she wished to be buried. And when the time of her departure had come, she called father, mother, sister and brothers to her bedside, and bade each of them adieu, with a hope that they would meet her in the “Better Land,” and then peacefully sank to rest.

 “Weep not for her — in her spring-time she flew

To that land where the wings of the soul are unfurled;

And now, like a star, beyond evening’s cold dew,

Looks radiantly down on the tears of this world.”