One article I found was the newspaper clippings about the retirement of and the death of Dr. Reay, the LaCrosse doctor who delivered Jerry, my husband in 1937. I always thought it odd that his mother would give him the middle name, Reay, after this doctor, but since we have lived here, I have learned that was quite a common practice in this region. Seems many were given middle names for the doctor who delivered them.
In February a new restaurant, "David Reay's" opened locally by a young man, successful restraunteer, Matt Boshcka. I read the information with interest. He named it David Reay's after a local philanthropist, grocer, businessman, Dave Skogen, founder of Festival Foods, well known around here and across Wisconsin. Dave Skogen's middle name is also Reay, after this same doctor who delivered him in a snowstorm. Here is the link to the newspaper article about the restaurant
I sent a Matt a text via Facebook and he remarked that he just might have to have a gathering of middle named Reay's. We have been to the restaurant which is quite modern, in Onalaska, good food, sports bar style and a bit noisier than we prefer while eating dinner. But all Matt's restaurants do well, he has the touch and knows customers. Here is a link to the restaurant, David Reay's https://davidreays.com/
|Jerry waiting for me at Viterbo University,|
to attend a performance of the symphony
So this is one interesting facet about my hubby and how he got his middle name. His son thought he had the same middle name, but his is misspelled as Ray, not the same and not keeping the tradition. Still have to get with Matt and get that gathering of Reay's going.