Contributed by Gigimo
Description: Missouri Has Triplets, Too. Two Sisters and a Brother Born at Arrow Rock.Date: September 20 1891
Newspaper published in: Kansas City, MO
Missouri may be depended upon to defend her laurels whenever occasion demands. She raises the tallest corn, the biggest peaches, the smoothest politicians, and her exhibit at the world's fair will make all others pale into insignificance.
The other day an item went the rounds of the newspapers to the effect that Winchester, Ind., plumed itself upon the possession of the oldest living triplets - the YOUNGS, who came trooping into the world thirty-four years ago. It would have been strange indeed if there had been no triplets in Missouri at least as old as the Indiana trio. And there are. No sooner had The Times given publicity to the Hoosier state's claim than a correspondent at Arrow Rock called its attention to the fact that the little river town has given to the world triplets, who have already seen thirty-seven summers and if their present robustness is an earnest of the future, may see as many more. Not only are these triplets older than the Hoosier trio, but they are responsible for the addition of seventeen to Missouri's population. They would appear to have come from a prolific race.
The Missouri triplets are Walter CHASE, a widower with four children, living at the little river town of Arrow Rock; Mrs. Ella Chase FIZER, who lives there with her husband and six children, and Mrs. Sallie Chase HOCKENSMITH, whose home is at Nelson, Mo. She has seven children. This remarkably prolific trio are the children of Napoleon and Marie CHASE. They were born at Arrow Rock, Mo., March 26, 1854. Dr. M. W. HALL, father of Dr. C. L. HALL of Kansas City was the attending physician. He is still living down in Saline county and has watched the growth of the children to their present age.
Dr. HALL says that the birth of the triplets created quite a commotion in the village. Many presents were bestowed upon the youngsters, all of whom were healthy and active from the hour of their birth. Among the men then prominent in Missouri who gave presents to the mother and babies were Dr. John SAPPINGTON; C. F. JACKSON, M. M. MARMADUKE, E. D. SAPPINGTON and Dr. William PRICE. All sorts of things were predicted for the children who grew steadily, and developed the traits of the children who came into the world alone.
Pictures of the triplets were taken at various ages, and when they were children a great many photographs were sold. The triplets have never known a sick day. Their children are all strong and healthy. Mr. CHASE is a hardware merchant at Arrow Rock and Mrs. FIZER'S husband is a painter there. Mr. HOCKENSMITH is a contractor at Nelson.