Friday, September 26, 2008

Cheaper by the Dozen - Where is the family now?

I don't know whether you noticed in the character list, all but one of The Twelve have now passed away. The only one still living is Fred.

Here's what the Twelve did as adults:

Anne Moller Gilbreth Barney - Graduated from college, and became a homemaker.

Mary Elizabeth Gilbreth - died at age 6

Ernestine Moller Gilbreth Carey - Graduated from college, became a retail buyer, and published five books.

Martha Bunker Gilbreth Tallman- Graduated from college, and became a homemaker.

Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. - Graduated from college and became a journalist, newspaper executive, and published twelve books.

William Moller Gilbreth (Bill) - Graduated from college and became an engineer.

Lillian Moller Gilbreth Johnson - Graduated from college, and became a homemaker.

Frederick Moller Gilbreth (Fred) - Graduated from college, and became an engineer.

Daniel Bunker Gilbreth (Dan) - Graduated from college and ran an import/export business.

John Moller Gilbreth (Jack) - Graduated from college and became an engineer.

Robert Moller Gilbreth (Bob) - Graduated from college, became a teacher, principal and member of the New Hampshire Legislature.

Jane Moller Gilbreth Heppes- Graduated from college and became a homemaker.

Do you notice the refrain "Graduated from college and...?" Every one of the living twelve graduated from college. Are you putting a child through college? Can you visualize what it would mean to put ELEVEN children through college?

Did the Twelve continue their parents' tradition of large families? No. At the time of Lillie's death in 1972, she had only 30 grandchildren (2.7 children each for each of the remaining eleven) and only 22 great-grandchildren. (There have been more since her death - I think I remember reading that the next generation was averaging about 2.4 children.)

Would you want to be part of a large family? Or be the parent of a large family?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm glad this blog exists, but how much longer are you going to be dribbling out pieces of the Wikipedia article on Cheaper by the Dozen?

After the first post about the beloved CbtD, I went to Wikipedia (then followed the link to their main source) and read all of the info that has since appeared here in about 90 seconds. Anyone else who actually cared would have done the same.

Regurgitating this information then tacking on a "what do you think?" is not building a discussion, and that seems to be one of the intentions of the blog. Or maybe all the question marks are rhetorical, given that it takes *weeks* for comments to appear on the site.

I do hope this blog continues. But, it should become more, you know, bloggy. Original content and quick moderation of comments, please. There's too much other stuff to read out there (you should know!) to hang around and watch old-style media techniques try to fake their way into the blogosphere.

Susan said...

Hi Anonymous, Thank you for your comment! Actually, I didn't read the Wikipedia article. I spent the month surrounded by the various books, and doing the research on the Internet.

Glad you're enjoying the blog!