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CHAMPION -MOTHER 26 BABIES IN HER BROOD
By E. C. Rogers
Union City, Mich., July 12
I have seen and talked with the
only woman who can lay just
claim to this title: "The cham
pion mother of America," Mrs.
.William Moore, of this place.
Nineteen times has Mrs. Moore
gone down into the valley of the
shadow of death to usher into life
a tiny babe; seven times twins
Here is Irene, haby Na. 26.
were born to her, making 26 chil
dren in all! That is the mother
record for all America.
Born in Columbiana Co., O.,
'Aug. 20, 1863, she, a 14-year-old
country girl, married a young
farmer named Wilkinson, at Bel
fontaine, O., in 1877. They had
one baby, a girl. The father 'died
and the widow married William
Moore, also a farmer, at Kenton,
0., in 1881.
In 1883, Mrs. Moore had her
second child, a boy. A girl, the
26th child, was born to her June
Only 12 of the children are
alive; five daughters are married,
and have made Mrs. Moore
grandmother to 15 children.
"Sometimes I wish all my 26
children could be alive together,"
.the record mother told me, "I'd
like to see them all at the table
Mrs. Moore was cuddling up in
her arms the latest little Moore,
Irene, a pretty, healthy baby 13
months old. Fannie, 12, was in
the kitchen doing the family
washing. Frank, also 1,2, was out
hoeing corn; the rest of the
home brood around the 'place
were cleaning up the house, a four
room, barely furnished home, for
the Moore's are poor.
"Don't you think that if your
family of children had been
smaller, a larger per cent of them
would have lived, and they would
have had more chance to grow
physically, mentally and moral
ly?" was asked Mrs. Moore.
"Maybe so, one can't tell; alM
know is that the Lord gave them
to me and I have done the best I
could to bring them up. Now
there is Joe, he's the best boy
anywhere. And there are my five
married girls, all happy and well,
and you see these here, they're
well and happy. .Of course they,.
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