The following information was submitted by Gary Fillmore in April of 2006:
Ray Henry de Berge Sr. was born of German/French immigrant parents in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1903. Ray left his family home in his late teens after his father, a devout Christian with a major alcohol problem informed Ray that he would be placed into training to become a Catholic priest. By this time Ray had already launched himself on a path of self-education and he decided to reject the priesthood. A voracious reader, he frequented public libraries across the country which in turn gave him a passion for world travel, museums, and the arts. He was also trained as a journeyman electrician, a trade which helped finance his travels.
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