Illinois couple welcomes their 100th grandchild

In this April 17, 2015 photo, Leo and Ruth Zanger sit with their 100th grandchild, Jaxton Zanger, in Leo's real estate office in Quincy, Ill. Jaxton was born April 8 to parents Austin and Ashleigh Zanger. For the numerically inclined, Jaxton was also No. 46 among the great-grandchildren. The Zangers also have 53 grandkids and one great-great-grandchild for a nice round 100. "The good Lord has just kept sending them," Leo Zanger said of the grandkids. "We could start our own town." (Phil Carlson/The Quincy Herald-Whig via AP)

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A western Illinois couple recently celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild.

Leo and Ruth Zanger of 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 tells The Quincy Herald-Whig that “the good Lord has just kept sending them.” He says his family “could start our own town.” Ruth Zanger says “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 ten turkeys to feed everyone.

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