Mr./Mrs. Louis Family (1953)
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----Sources: Scrap book one: by Erna Schenk Price, contributed by Halbert "Bud" Hardrath
TWINS BORN TO COUPLE FOUR TIMES
Neillsville Pair Have Eight Children in Six-Year Period
Neillsville - A 26-year-old mother gave birth to her fourth set of twins in six years at Neillsville Hospital this morning.
She is Mrs. Louis Hagedorn, route 3. The babies, a 7 pound 9 ounce boy and an 8 pound girl, were delivered at 9:30 o’clock by Dr. M. V. Overman, Neillsville, Wis.
The father, a 29-year-old dairy farmer, didn’t offer any comment when asked about his reaction. He could only add: "I just don’t know what to say."
Dr. Overman reports that the mother and her babies, as yet unnamed are "doing just fine." The twin birth was not unexpected, the physician said.
The Hagedorn’s other twins are Dianne and Donna, 6; John and Jerald, 3; and Louis and Lois, 2. They have no other children.
The couple will have been married eight years in June. Mrs. Hagedorn is the former Elaine Lois Oldham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Oldham, Neillsville, Wis.
According to Hagedorn, there are only two other instances of twin births in the family history, both on his wife’s side. Her sister, Mrs. Ed Marg of Neillsville, has twins, and her grandmother gave birth to three sets of twins.
[photo caption - Nothing But Twins - The family of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hagedorn, Neillsville, is growing in more ways than one - two at a time, in fact. In the upper picture Farmer Hagedorn is surrounded by their first three sets of twins, Diane and Donna, 6, at rear, and Jerald, 3, Louis, 2, Lois, 2, and John 3. In the lower picture Mrs. Hagedorn, at the Neillsville Hospital, holds the couple’s St. Patrick’s Day twins, a boy and a girl, whose names have not yet been chosen.
**Notes - This set of twins were named: Bonnie & Bruce Hagedorn.
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