Famous Minnesota quadruplets return to hometown for 65th birthday


There were a heck of a lot of birthday candles this past weekend in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, where a set of once-famous quadruplets reunited.

The Seifert quads – Marie, Martha, Michael and Monica – and several of their other siblings converged on the family's old farmhouse on Saturday for the quartet's 65th birthday party, KARE 11 reports.

While three of the quads still live in Minnesota, one came all the way from Colorado to attend the reunion, the station notes.

The four were a big deal when they were born in 1950. As the Mankato Free Press points out, it was before the era of fertility treatments, which are today responsible for many multiple births.

According to the paper, strangers would drive to the family farm to "gawk" at the babies, who were once on display at the State Fair – an admission of 25 cents allowed spectators to watch the quads "play and sleep."

It may seem like folks were making a big deal over the babies, but at the time, the four newest Seiferts were one of only ten sets of quadruplets in the U.S., KEYC reports.

It was a big deal for the family's other children, too (the quads had six older brothers and sisters). Older brother Gerald Seifert is quoted by The Associated Press as saying there was a little sibling jealousy once the quads came along.

"They got all the attention," he said.

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