To the editor,
I would like to with all due respect, do a bit of backtracking and comment on part of "Today in History" which appeared on Feb. 15. in the New Glasgow News. According to the information by the the Canadian Press on the Murray Quintuplets, they were born in Pictou on Feb. 15, 1880, and three lived one day and the other two survived two days.
According to the information I read about the birth of the quintuplets written by a reliable source who had done some research on the
matter, here is what happened. It was a cold and snowy Sunday morning when Dr. William Fraser of New Glasgow received word that
Mrs. Adam Murray of Little Egypt, about seven kilometres from New Glasgow, who already was a mother of seven, was about to deliver again.
Dr. Fraser hitched up a wagon to race across the snow-covered back roads to the Murray home. One hour after he arrived, with the help
of Dr. Fraser and pharmacist James Jackson, Mrs. Murray gave birth to five perfectly formed very small babies. The arrival of three girls and two boys, marked the first recorded birth of quintuplets in Canada. Unfortunately, the infants were too small to struggle through the crucial days of life, and three died that evening, followed by the fourth the next day. The longest survivor was the first born, a girl, who died three days later.
The children were named after the attending physician and the pharmacist and two other prominent members of the community and their grandmother.
Some of the descendants of Mr. and Mrs Adam Murray are living in Trenton. Others may be found elsewhere.
Roy C. Rushton