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dig    Posted 01-27-2004 at 15:42:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark's thread on houses for sale and some of the responses to my comment about 900 square feet being small got me to wondering. My family was considered odd because there were only 4 children. The house I grew up in was 1200 square feet because the family that built it had 14 kids. I grew up in Wisconsin on a farm about 5 miles from the Mississippi River in the 50s. One neighbor had 4 girls, 5 boys. One had 7 boys. One had 4 girls and twin boys. This was a normal size for a family. When you have big families, you tend to have big houses.

What I'm wondering is, did I grow up in a weird part of the country with a neighborhood full of extra-large families? What were the family sizes where you grew up.


Willy-N    Posted 01-27-2004 at 16:18:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can't aford that many kids nowdays! I came from a family of 6. And my family now is 3 total at home. How would you cloth 14 kids now with the price of shoes and such. I had a lot of hand me downs till my brothers out grew me then I got new cloths. Mark H.


Fern(Mi)    Posted 01-27-2004 at 16:17:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had semin. nieghbors next door had leven. What ever our kids got, they all got together all at once err noy more than acouple weeks apart.
A small town, everytime this happened, here come the county nurse. Our two households alone could create an epidemic.
Then, if that weren't enough the wimmin were always trading kids. I don't know how many weekend trips we took when 200 miles from home my kids had been traded half`n'half.
I hope you all understood this. I've been liven with the same woman fer over forty-five yars and I don't know if I'll ever figure this out?


dig    Posted 01-27-2004 at 17:54:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't remember trading kids around, but every summer my sisters and I would be "loaned" to one of my aunts for a couple of weeks so our parents could have a vacation from us.


deadcarp    Posted 01-27-2004 at 16:14:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
when i grew up boys were considered a bonus - girls were okay i guess but not as much help. and the bigger families got more cows milked, fields tilled, planks sawed, generally had money for bigger farms. what can i say? our family had me & 2 sisters. some had a dozen kids. course then neighbors lived every 1/4 mile along the road and every pa had different talents so there wasn't much need for towns. church was the gathering spot to see what each other was raising and planting. i guess like here :)


Dave Wi.    Posted 01-27-2004 at 15:52:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Where abouts on the Miss, wife and I usualy take a trp in the fall from Old World Wisconsin up 35.
My family 5 girls 3 boys.


dig    Posted 01-27-2004 at 15:57:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ever hear of the "Catfish Capitol of the World?" I grew up a little way north of there.

(Potosi, for those wondering)


Okie-Dokie    Posted 01-27-2004 at 15:46:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think all those kids has something to do with those cold Northern winters where you freeze solid in 60 seconds outside so you just stay in under a pile of blankets keeping each other warm.


cowlady    Posted 01-27-2004 at 16:55:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with Okie-Dokie! Avg. kid count in my Michigan neighborhood was 4. We lived in a 5 bedroom house. By todays standards our bedrooms were about the size of a modern closet! All of us would go to my sister's room to sleep in the winter...that's where the stove pipe came up through the floor! We'd spread the blankets and pillows around over that huge register.

My parents still live there...sq. ft 1400!!!!

Do any of you remember this? Big brother has a date down in the living room, the rest of the kids go upstairs, remove the register grate, and dangle our feet and legs down over their heads while having a giggling fit!


grmajo    Posted 01-27-2004 at 18:57:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
grew up in northern wisconsin..had 8 girls in family & only 2 boys.. our cousins lived few miles from us ..they had 8 boys & 2 girls.. size of family varied..the catholics had very large families..& the others more smaller size...!!!!
we grew up on a farm with only one bedroom ..until pa opened up the ceiling & made a bedroom in attic for summer months..we slept in bunkbeds..sometimes two kids to a bed mattress..also had a roll a way bed set up in the evenings for ma & pa to sleep ... growing up i never noticed we had a BIG family.. my best friends had 13 in theres and another had 17 ..wow ..!!! they werent even catholic !!! i raised 3 girls and now have 6 grkids....my husband grew up as a only child ..he hated it ..wernt no one to fight or play with .....grma jo


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