In the early 1940s, without the help of fertility drugs and other medical advances, the birth of quadruplets was nearly unheard of; however, the birth of four babies in Grayson County drew national attention and news coverage.
Born on Feb. 23, 1941, the Lashley quadruplets’—nicknamed the “Lashley Quads”—chances of survival were slim.
In addition to being born together, the Lashley Quads were also born prematurely at seven-and-a-half months and weighed five pounds each, but they ignited a media frenzy at the time of their birth as all three girls and the one boy survived.
Beulah, Mildred, John, and Martine Lashley brought reporters from all across the country and the world to Leitchfield to witness the rarity of the “Lashley Quads.”
While John Lashley passed away at age 52, Beulah, Mildred, and Martine Lashley are still living today, and recently celebrated their 75th birthday.
In recognition of the Lashley Quad sisters’ 75th birthday, the City of Leitchfield and Grayson County Historical Society welcomed them to the Jack Thomas House on Saturday, June 11.
While there, Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason, on behalf of the City of Leitchfield, presented proclamations recognizing each of the Lashley quadruplets, as well as Keys to the City of Leitchfield to each of them.
“We’ve all been successful in our lives, and I contribute that to growing up the hard way,” said Mildred Lashley. “We never forgot where we came from.”
Echoing her sister’s sentiment, Martine Lashley said, “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl. And we still belong to Leitchfield.”
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