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US couple welcome 100th grandchild

Published 26/05/2015 | 17:06

Ruth and Leo Zanger sit with their 100th grandchild, Jaxton Zanger, in Quincy, Illinois (Phil Carlson/The Quincy Herald-Whig via AP)
Ruth and Leo Zanger sit with their 100th grandchild, Jaxton Zanger, in Quincy, Illinois (Phil Carlson/The Quincy Herald-Whig via AP)

An Illinois couple have celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild.

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Leo and Ruth Zanger, from Quincy, have 53 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The birth of great-grandson Jaxton Leo on April 8 made the number 100.

Leo Zanger told The Quincy Herald-Whig that "the good Lord has just kept sending them".

He said the family "could start our own town".

Ruth Zanger said "there's always room for one more".

The Zangers have been married 59 years and have 12 children. The youngest, 31-year-old Joe, was already an uncle 10 times when he was born.

Most of the family lives in the Quincy area.

When they get together they rent a church hall and it takes 50 pounds of ham or 10 turkeys to feed everyone.

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