The abuse , neglect, confinement and torture of the 13 children in California rightfully resulted in statements of criticism of large families. To some it was an example of the inability of parents to provide food , shelter, clothing, education and religious affiliation to that number of offspring.
Not true. At the present time families of similar size are attributed to the practice of good Catholics and sexy Protestants. In the late 1940s large families were encouraged by President Franklin Roosevelt to compensate for the loss of lives during World War II.
We were an All-American family.
We lived on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York, in apartments referred to as railroad flats: two apartments on each floor with five rooms running straight through on each side. We eventually had two apartments, one for the eight boys and the other for the five girls and Mom and Dad. Thirteen children. The 13th, our youngest sister, was adopted – the daughter of one sister who was unmarried.
We attended the local parochial school and then a variety of parochial high schools. Many, not all, went on to college. Medical care was provided by the family doctor, who also delivered us, and dentist, both within walking distance. We entered a wide variety of professions: pharmacist, truck driver, restaurant owner, department store associate, banker, pharmaceutical chemist, children’s services, housewives, security and, again, trucking. All now with children, only one with a large family, spread over seven states, one in Canada.
With the passing of my oldest brother following 9/11, I am now the senior member of the family. Regrettably I cannot offer the count of the family members, but as New Yorkers by origin, the descendents of legal immigrants from Ireland, Scotland and Germany, we are a conservative force who will Make America Great Again.