Speichinger Sextuplets

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killed, here of in the into driving scene. the for located the covered time a one the prevent as and address. 12, had SIX BABIES BORN BUT FIVE ARE Chariton County Mother Nearly Attains Greater Fame Than Mrs. Dionne PHILIP SPEICHINGERS HAVE NINE OTHERS MENDON, Mo., Aug. 22 The only survivor among sextuplets sextuplets an apple-cheeked baby girl cooed happily today to a. slender farm woman who, according to family physician, might have Mother Dionne one better and six live "babies had her health "better. ' Two weeks ago, on Sunday, Aug 9. Mrs. Adeline Speichinger, 36 'already the mother of nine children, gave birth to the six, five still-born, but the news was slow in spreading through, the countryside. ' · - The doctor, the parents, and others in the neighborhood were greatly impressed by the multiple birth- Only today had the word ·spread through the country-side, bringing visitors to see the somewhat - slight mother. · "Marjorie Louise was born about 1 o'clock in the afternoon, on Sunday, Aug. 9," related 80- year-old Dr. William B. Lucas. Fears for Mother's Life "The mother began to sink I feared for her life. I called son Dr. John H. -Lucas, from home in Erookfield. A short later the five other .babies were born. " Marjorie ':Louise,j weighing 10 pounds .was about , a.' re " ma*cure,\ .bu't^sKe-' was'-no'rmal'.-in ery other 'respect. All six might naye survived if Mrs. Speichinger- had been in better health. "The condition of the mother became so. critical that the JRev. John J. Groetsch, of Brunswick, was called. TNe Catholic priest was prepared tc administer 'extreme 'extreme unction." Then Mrs. Speichinger rallied. "Of course, I'm proud. of family but it means a fellow keep " going." said 43-year-old Phillip Speichinger. ^ Dr. Lucas said the five still-born infants died in the embryo stage after two months development. · Sex Not Determined -, No attempt was made by the doctor attending the mother to determine the sex. of the five babies which were born dead. The nine other · children all are living and are normal in ail respects. Mrs. Speichinger said that so far as she knew ' this was the first plural birth that ever took place ia the families of her and her husband- 5 Weighed Only a, Pound "Marjorie Louise weighed about 10 pounds 'at birth,'' the country physician said. "The other five together probably did not -weigh more than a pound." ·Dr. Lucas, wBo is SO years said he had' delivered several pairs of twins, but his experience with multiple births had never. extended beyond that. ^Things just about had returned K.' r *-normal today in the 4-room home on 120-acre Speichinger farm. Mrs. Speichinger, although pale from her recent confinement. confinement. was up and about the house. Mrs. Ella Speichinger, a sister-in-law, had come iii to aid in caring . for the ten children, five boys and noXv with Marjorie Uouise, five girl*. Mrs. Speichinger, was asked what she thought when informed of the multiple birth. It Was Hard To Believe "I didn't hardly believe it," said. "I don't remember whether it was my husband or Dr. Lucas Lucas who told me. Then I didn't think much about it. "It's a lot of work looking after after a big family," she ssid as fanned her youngest born with newspaper. "But it's worth* it. Some of the children are getting old enough notv that they can help." Mrs. Speichinger was asked . (Continued on Page Four)

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  1. Moberly Monitor-Index,
  2. 22 Aug 1936, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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