The Great Stork Derby

This is a story that I am using as an illustration for the sermom Sunday evening, thought you might find it interesting.  You can find a more in depth story line at


The Great Stork Derby was a period from 1926 to 1936 where women in Toronto competed to produce the most babies in order to qualify for an unusual bequest in a will.

The race was the product of a scheme by Toronto lawyer and financier Charles Vance Millarwho bequeathed the residue of his significant estate to the woman in Toronto who could produce the most children in a ten year period after his death. The winning mothers were Annie Katherine Smith, Kathleen Ellen Nagle, Lucy Alice Timleck and Isabel Mary Maclean. Each of them received $125,000 for their nine children. Two others each received $12,500 out of court: Lillian Kenny (ten children, but two stillborn) and Pauline Mae Clarke (ten children, but several illegitimate).

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