Henrickson is home to two sets of quadruplets

Generations apart, women and teens swap stories

By: Heidi Roman | Royal Oak Review | Published August 10, 2011

 The 14-year-old Czajkowski quadruplets — from left, Danielle, Margo, Sara and Stephanie — and their mother Lisa Czajkowski, met with Julia Ullman and her 52-year-old quadruplets, Helen Ullman, Martha Stewart, Marion Claucherty and Catherine Burns. The Ullmans grew up on Hendrickson in Clawson, and the Czajkowskis recently moved onto the same street.

The 14-year-old Czajkowski quadruplets — from left, Danielle, Margo, Sara and Stephanie — and their mother Lisa Czajkowski, met with Julia Ullman and her 52-year-old quadruplets, Helen Ullman, Martha Stewart, Marion Claucherty and Catherine Burns. The Ullmans grew up on Hendrickson in Clawson, and the Czajkowskis recently moved onto the same street.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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CLAWSON — It could be a serious case of déjà vu.

Teachers at Clawson High School will see four nearly identical teenagers strolling through their hallways this fall.

For those who’ve been around awhile, maybe it will remind them of the four identical girls who attended the school in the 1970s.

The Ullman quadruplets grew up on Hendrickson in Clawson.

The new quadruplets in town also live on Hendrickson.

On Aug. 3, the young girls met the women for the first time at Jimi’s Restaurant in Royal Oak.

Daniel, Margo, Sara and Stephanie Czajkowski, 14, were greeted by hugs and high-fives from Helen Ullman, Martha Stewart, Marion Claucherty and Catherine Burns, all 52.

Julia Ullman, mother of the Ullman quadruplets, said having multiple children at once was different in the 1950s than it would have been for Lisa Czajkowski, the teen’s mother.

“It was really kind of exciting,” the elder mother remembered. “I didn’t have ultrasounds. The doctor knew I was having multiples, so the doctor ordered an X-ray. We didn’t know if they were going to live, so we never told anyone we were having quads until they were born.”

Her girls came on Oct. 12, 1958, six weeks before her due date.

At that point, Ullman already had a 1-year-old and a 2 1/2-year-old at home. When three more children came after the quadruplets, there was hardly a quiet moment in her house.

Martha Stewart said there was nothing unusual to them about being quadruplets, or having such a big family.

“We don’t know anything different, so to us, it’s normal,” Stewart said.

“We always had a playmate, we were never lonely,” said Claucherty.

Stewart still lives in the home on Hendrickson her father built in 1955. He later had to add on to the home to make room for the nine kids in the house.

Stewart was the first to learn that another set of quadruplets had moved into a home on Hendrickson a little over a year ago. The two sets wanted to get together, and only recently set the date.

“I wanted to know if they’re identical,” said Sara Czajkowski. “It’d be fun to be identical.”

The Cjazkowski girls, born on Dec. 21, 1996, are not identical.

Lisa Czajkowski said the Ullmans’ mother is her hero. Czajkowski has six kids, compared to Ullman’s nine.

“I always wanted six children; I just didn’t expect to have four at once,” Czajkowski said.

She learned she was having quadruplets during a routine ultrasound. She saw the technician making notes and counting something, and joked that she’d better not be counting babies. Turns out, she was.

“I just started sweating,” the mother said. “If I wasn’t lying down, I swear I’d have fainted.”

When they met, the quadruplets swapped stories about how many minutes apart they are, who’s the oldest, who’s the youngest, who’s shyest and which one spends the most time primping in the bathroom.

Both mothers agreed their girls always got along well.

The Ullman girls love baseball and played softball in school, and the Czajkowski girls are in band together and play soccer.

 

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