Sixty-two years ago Art and Delores Seifert made Minnesota history when Delores gave birth to quadruplets at Sleepy Eye Municipal Hospital.

 


Sixty-two years ago Art and Delores Seifert made Minnesota history when Delores gave birth to quadruplets at Sleepy Eye Municipal Hospital.

On June 16, the Seifert quads, (Marie, Martha, Michael and Monica) now the oldest surviving quads in Minnesota, met with the youngest Minnesota quads, age 2, from Geneva.

According to Martha, there were some similarities between the quads born 60 years apart. For starters, both sets of quads are three girls and one boy, with similar birth weights, and labeled ABCD before names were given, which is rarely done now. Even the amount of time the quads stayed in the hospital (67 days for the Seiferts) was roughly the same.

One unique difference between the quads is that for the Seiferts, all the girls have brown eyes and Mike has blue eyes. With the Broskoff quads, all the girls have blue eyes and the boy, Shay, has brown eyes.

“It was unique meeting the quads because it gives us a picture of what it was like for mom,”?Martha said. “We got the glory and the attention and she did all of the work.”?

For example, press from all over the world followed the Sleepy Eye quads almost monthly for the first couple of years. For three consecutive years, beginning when the quads were 18 months old, they were a main attraction at the Minnesota State Fair for the length of the fair.

“People paid 25 cents to watch us play, sleep and eat,”?Martha said.

In 1950, four babies born six weeks premature was big news. To keep four tiny babies (Marie, three pounds four ounces; Martha, four pounds, four ounces; Micheal, three pounds, four ounces; and Monica, two pounds, six ounces) alive was nothing short of a miracle.

The Sleepy Eye hospital only had one incubator and had to bring in another, where the babies were doubled up. Martha said her father kept the hospital bill showing a $2 charge per day for each baby for the 67 days they remained hospitalized.

“The doctor told my mom she was having triplets so the fourth was a surprise,”?Martha declared.

When the quads were born, there were six siblings already, including one set of twins. Martha recalled that she and her siblings have nothing but fond memories growing up on the farm.

“We always had a playmate,” Martha said.

Today, the quads are relatively dispersed throughout Minnesota and the United States. Monica lives in Colorado and works as a registered nurse. Marie works at Newport labs in Worthington and Mike is at home on the farm. Martha lives in Albert Lea.