SLEEPY EYE (AP) -- Dolores Seifert, the mother of quadruplets believed to be Minnesota's first when they were born in 1950, died on Monday. She was 91.
Seifert was 37 and already had six older children, including twins, when she gave birth to the quads at Sleepy Eye Hospital on May 3, 1950. At the time, there were only 11 sets of surviving quadruplets in the U.S. and none in Minnesota.
When the four of them were toddlers, people would pay a quarter to watch them play at the State Fair, with the money going toward their education. Dolores and her husband Arthur put wooden boxes in front of their home so visitors could climb up and get a glimpse when the babies played on the porch.
Big families were a way of life for Seifert long before her kids were born. She came from a family of 13 children.
"She was a hard-working woman dedicated to the family. I'm sure she had to do a lot more than most women, but she never complained about anything," said one of the quads, Martha Andersen of Albert Lea.
The quads -- Martha, Marie, Monica and Michael -- were born six weeks prematurely and weighed between 2 1/2 and 4 pounds each. They shared two incubators at the hospital in Sleepy Eye until more could be brought in. They didn't go home to the family farm until July.
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