The Dionne Quints
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||Great Depression, Chicago Exposition, Niagara Falls
The Dionne Quints
By Mary Lynn Bushong
1 Have you ever wished you had a twin brother or sister? How about being one of three? Can you even imagine being one of five, all of you identical?
2 Having many babies at once is fairly common now. Teams of doctors and nurses wait for the babies to arrive.
3 Imagine you are a poor French-Canadian farmer. You and your wife already have five children. The most recent one (the sixth) died just after he was born.
4 Your wife is expecting again. Your local doctor tells you that more than one is coming this time. You wonder how you will feed and clothe these children.
5 It is 1934. You are living during the Great Depression. Most women had their babies at home. The same was true for the mother of the Dionne quintuplets, too.
6 On May 28, 1934, Dr. Dafoe (the local country doctor) delivered five tiny baby girls. They were born two months early, and everyone thought they would die.
7 The baby girls were named Annette, Cecile, Yvonne, Marie, and Emilie. Their total weight was less than six and a half kilograms. The babies were big news.
8 Oliva, the girl's father, had little money. He did not know how he could raise the girls. A man came to him with an idea. Why not take the girls to the Chicago Exposition? People would pay to see the five babies. It seemed their only option.
9 When the babies were a few weeks old, things changed. People were horrified about the plan to exhibit the girls.
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