Speichinger Sextuplets - Family Info
came Six Babies Born but Five Are Dead (Continued From Page 1) she considered her family , large enough now. "I don't know," she said as if she never had thought much about the question the , and area will until is , lle ^ husband had want- ted a girl. She said Mr. Speichinger Speichinger had supplied the name Marjorie, and the children had suggested Louise. .Mr Speichinger, 43 years old, and the oldest son, Robert Leo Speiching-er 15, returned after dark to their neatly painted house. They had spent a strenuous strenuous day filling a silo on the farm of a neighbor, John Glad- The father was., somewhat embarrassed embarrassed when aaked about the six babies. Â· Â· - ,,'.,. "It's nothing," he said. I don see anything to make fuss if by No Thought of Fame Mr Speichinger was not being abrupt, but he had many things to think about besides how worldwide worldwide attention passed him by. Ten children, twenty pairs of shoes, and a farm the droufiht and grasshoppers had cut to the "I try to do the best I can," the farmer said, "but it has been mighty tough these last three vears. I harvested some oats this summer, but I had in only eight acres. T h e corn. . . Mr Speichinger deprecatingly waved tanned arm in the direction direction of what had been his'Corn- field The bare stalks, whittled to a point by the 'hoppers looked like the jagged bristles of an old brush. "Of course, I'm proud of my fpjnily," he continued,- "but Â· it means a fellow must keep going. That's why Robert and, I were cutting cane today, on 8 neighbor's neighbor's farm. It's mighty hard work, but it means a few dollars." dollars." Thevfarmer said he never had received' any/ public aid, and he hoped he would not need it, Family Not So Large Although' the .Speichmgers do not consider their family "very large," the mother had to stop and^ think several times to give the names and ages of her children. children. They are: Robert Leo, 15 years old; Gertrude Josephine, 14: Vincent Vincent Joseph, 12; Mary Agnes, 10; Lawrence Andrew, 8; Loretto Katheryn, 6; l Anna Rose, 5: James Edward, 3: Paul Eugene, 2, and last of all, Marjorie ^Louise, : the baby. Mr. Speichinger married the former Miss Adeline Zapf in 1919. Both of them' had lived in Chariton County most of their, lives. They moved to their present present farm in 1921.