I have a slightly different perspective on this question... Taken from Ellsworth Reporter, June 19, 1913 (photo posted on Hoch-395)
Largest Family in Kansas - Actual Weight
In the Sunday edition of the Topeka Capital appeared the following article, which will be of interest to the people of Ellsworth county, and especially to those in the western part where the Hoch family is so well known. Accompanying the article was a picture of the family. Wilson boasts of the largest family in the state of Kansas in point of weight for the number of persons. It is the Hoch family, consisting of Frank Hoch sr. and his wife, five sons, and three daughters. The father tips the scales at 208 pounds.
The heaviest of the children is Mrs. Hoch Princ, who pulls down the scales at 298, while the lightweight of the family is one of the boys at 205 pounds. Each member of the family is large, but not abnormally fleshy. Each child born to the Hoch family is living, and not a one was ever sick a day sufficiently to go to bed, with the exception of the infantile ailments such as measles, whooping cough, chicken pox, and mumps.
The entire family was reared on a farm. The father now owns about 800 acres of the best Ellsworth county land, and each of the children own from 160 to 600 acres, and they are independent in this world's goods.
Each member of the family is a musician and some of them can play any kind of an instrument made to produce music. There was a time not many years ago when the Hoch family made one of the best orchestras in central Kansas, but it has been some time since they sold their services as musicians. They, however, are always willing to play for entertainments in a charitable way, and frequently furnish music for the entertainment of their friends, but no charge is made. When it is announced that the Hoch family orchestra will furnish music for an entertainment the event is looked forward to with pleasure and they draw from all over the east part of Russell and the west part of Ellsworth counties.