Oct. 5 marked the 174th birthday of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau. Dr. Trudeau was born in New York City on Oct. 5, 1848. When he was a teenager, his older bother James was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Edward nursed James until he died of the disease just three months later. Edward enrolled in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University (then Columbia College). He graduated in 1871 (pictured here), but was diagnosed with TB in 1873. He came to Paul Smith’s Hotel as an attempt at a change of climate when he was deathly ill; he regained his health and moved to Saranac Lake full-time in 1876. He eventually opened the Adirondack Cottage Sanitarium (later renamed Trudeau Sanatorium) in 1884, marking the official beginning of the tuberculosis industry in Saranac Lake. This industry spanned more than 70 years and shaped the village in many ways.
(Photo provided — Historic Saranac Lake Collection)