So, what can we find out about the Sabatka family, and young Joseph? Let's take a look.
Herman Sabatka also married (Marie Sebesta). He went on to have a long and successful career with the Cicero, Illinois Police Department before failing health forced him to retire early. He died in Los Angeles, California in 1953.
Apparently Little Joseph's mother Emma Sabatka liked to play the horses. Her's a little mention from the Chicago Daily Tribune of November 25, 1934:
Emma/Emilie Valvoda Sabatka died in 1964. Here's her obituary from the Chicago Daily Tribune of December 5, 1964:
So that's the story of a tombstone that features a boy and his dog, that, through the artistry of a unknown sculptor, still steals our hearts over 100 years after it was placed on the little boy's grave.
May Josef Sabatka and his four-legged pal rest in peace.