Craig Leahy

A Living History Column written by Historic Saranac Lake for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, March, 2013.

A student on this year’s Winter Carnival Court, Craig is proud of his connections to Saranac Lake history.

On his mother’s side, Craig’s grandfather, Leonard Bristol, came here in the 1940's and work as a radiologist at the Saranac Laboratory on Church Street.

On his father’s side, Craig’s great grandfather Ben Talbert developed TB after being gassed in World War I, and he made Saranac Lake his home after curing here. Ben’s daughter, Elaine Talbert Leahy, is now in her late eighties, and lives right next door to her grandson, Craig.

Asked about his connections to local history, Craig said, “I live here because of TB, my family on both sides came here for this disease and 90 some odd years later here I am!”