The Morlok Quads – Edna, Wilma, Sarah, Helen

Morlok Quads: Edna, Wilma, Sarah, HelenOn May 19, 1930, Carl and Sarah “Sadie” Morlok of Lansing, Michigan welcomed identical quadruplets.

The quads were named Edna A, Wilma B, Sarah C, and Helen D.

Their first names were inspired by the hospital in which they were born, the Edward W. Sparrow Hospital (Edna/Edward, W./Wilma, Sparrow/Sarah, Hospital/Helen).

Their middle names — the letters A, B, C and D — indicated birth order.

(Other multiples with an alphabetical names: quints in Nebraska, quads in Alberta.)


  • “Helen Morlok, 73; One of the World’s Oldest Identical Quadruplets.” Los Angeles Times 7 Nov. 2003.
  • “Morlok Quadruplets Ready to Make Debuts on Stage.” Reading Eagle 5 Aug. 1936: 5.

Image: Find A Grave

5 thoughts on “The Morlok Quads – Edna, Wilma, Sarah, Helen

  1. the dionne quintuplets were also born in the 30’s and were a tourist attraction in canada- i read a very sad book about their loves when i was a teenager. their names were: yvonne, annette, cecile marie, emilie marie and marie rene alma

  2. The Morlok Quads are my second cousins, my Mom, Florence Katherine Morlok was a first cousin to them. My Daughter works @ E.W. Sparrow Hospital as a nurse. And my Grand son’s wife also works in the OB department @ Sparrow Hospital. I am also a nurse @ the age of 76, retired, but still work on occasion @ flu clinics in the fall. My grandfather, William Morlok was a brother to the quads father, he was from Germany, a hard worker on a farm, a quiet man who did not say much.

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