|Birth: ||Oct. 29, 1910|
|Death: ||Jun. 11, 1985|
Raymond Robinson, also known as "Charlie No Face" and "The Green Man" was born in 1910 in Big Beaver, Pennsylvania, USA. He was your typical child, until the spring of 1919, when he was horribly burned by high voltage electrical wires on the Harmony Trolley Line between Ellwood City and Beaver Falls, after spotting a birds nest high in the bridge structure. The Beaver Falls newspaper at that time gave him very little hope of survival, stating that the boy "Will Die". Soon he began to improve and Doctors called it a miracle. He survived, but the burns tragically disfigured his face and upper torso. He also was blinded. "Yet, in spite of all his affliction, the boy is in good humor" the Daily Times reported in the last story that covered the accident, in 1919. Raymond wore a prosthertic nose that was connected to a pair of dark glasses. He learned Braille and at home weaved rubber door mats and made leather wallets and belts. When Raymond became older, his nightly walks began. At that time locals nicknamed him "Charlie No Face". Cars that would be loaded with teens from all over the county began driving up and down the Koppel-New Galilee Road in search of Raymond. They brought him beer and cigarettes. He became a legend in the area. On a typical Friday night, after the football games, carloads of people drove by looking for Charlie No Face. Respect for him was shown and many would come again and again to share some tidbit about the weather, or how far he walked that day. He was a very kind man. The legend of Raymond was passed along from generation to generation. Seven days before the 66th anniversary of his accident, Ray Robinson died. He was a resident at the Beaver County Geriatric Center, now known as Friendship Ridge Nursing Home in Brighton Township. Robinson stopped his nightly walks on the Koppel-New Galilee Road several years before moving to the nursing home. One local citizen summed it up by saying how "Going to See Charlie" was a part of summer for many youths growing up in the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's.
Raymond Robinson can be an inspiration to many.
Created by: Sandra Lundberg-Marketic...
Record added: Mar 11, 2007
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