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 http://www.snopes.com/pregnant/babyrace.asp
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).