This Tuberculosis Thursday, we want to share a little more about one of the essential workers mentioned in this week's Letter from the Porch. Charlie Green was born in England, but eventually came to Saranac Lake for his health in 1922 and stayed until his death in 1987. He operated Charlie Green's Market on Main Street until shortly before his death at age 92. On his 90th birthday he had vowed to work the counter of his store until he was 95 - although he fell short of that goal, he still served as an important member of the Saranac Lake community for decades!
The Market always provided a home for "generations of tigercats" - one is pictured here resting among the stock - and was visited by generations of locals and visitors alike. Charlie told a story of one such visitor - the gangster "Legs" Diamond and his showgirl girlfriend, who "created a stir."
Charlie is pictured here with Peter MacIntyre, who shared these photographs with us. We know many of you have fond memories of Charlie, so share them in the comments! To learn more about Charlie's life and his role in the Saranac Lake community, visit our wiki.
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