Articles in the March 2015 Issue:

Sunken History and Maritime Treasures:
Marine Artist Robert McGreevy Receives Honor
A Great Lakes Sailor:
Sailor Mike Quinn Part 1
Garden Guidance:
Gardening Conference and Yard and Garden Expo
March Events
Smile Awhile:
Advice From an Old Farmer
Lake Huron Update:
Lake Level Above Long-Term Average
Where In America Are You?:
Where in America Are You?
Schools of Yesteryear:
Bloomfield No. 5 - Swayze School - Part 4
The Doctor's Corner:
91 Things
Healing From the Roots Up:
Cancer - Part Five: Faith in Your Healing
Legally Speaking:
Protecting Children
A Peek at the Past:
Dionne Quintuplets
Thumb Rails:
Thumb Depots: History of the Capac Depot - Part 4
The Way it Was:
...Remembering the Doctors Who Made House Calls
Guardians of Freedom:
Robert L. Tschirhart in World War II - Part 4
Capitol Reef National Park - Where Rocks and Fruit are the Stars
Travel Trivia:
TravelTrivia Question Of The Month
Countryside Yarns - Tall Tale or Truth? You Decide!:
The Great Starvation From the diary of Katie O’Connell... - Part 12
Helping to Secure Your Future:
Seniors: Helping Prevent Investment Fraud

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March 2015 > A Peek at the Past

Dionne Quintuplets

Author Info:

Leonard Pic Defrain
Leonard “Pic” DeFrain is a 93-year-old local historian who enjoys reminding his readers to take A Peek at the Past in his monthly column.

Articles by Leonard Pic Defrain

The Dionne quints were born May 28, 1934. They are the first quintuplets known to survive their infancy. They are the only female identical set of five ever recorded. The sisters were born just outside Callander, Ontario, Canada, near the village of Corbeil.

The quint girls were born two months premature. After four months with their family, they were made wards of the king for the next nine years under Dionne Quintuplets Guardianship Act, 1935. The government and those around them began to profit by making them a significant tourist attraction in Ontario. The last I knew of them, there were two of the quints that were still living.

The family, headed by father Oliva and mother Elzire lived outside of Callander at a farmhouse. The Dionnes were farmers. They had five previous children and another died shortly after birth.

Four months after the quints were born, the Ontario government intervened and the custody of the five babies were withdrawn from the parents. They were put under the guardianship of Dr. Dafoe and two others.

The Dafoe Hospital and Nursery was built across from where they were born. Approximately 6,000 people per day visited the observation gallery to see the girls. Altogether, over 1 million people got to see the quints.

In 1998, the sisters reached a monetary settlement with the Ontario government.

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