In the 4th Grade at Loveland School, Charlie was selected to play Santa in the school play. His Mother made the Santa Suit for him and he wore a false face Santa mask.
Charlie started playing Santa for his Methodist Church, and then asked to play Santa for a local furniture store.
Later he played Santa in Department Stores in Albion Rochester and Buffalo. As his reputation grew, he was in demand at Department Stores all over the US.A local newspaperman suggested he open a School to train others to handle the increased demand for his services.