An abstract view of the Rutland skyline looking to the east greets visitors to the parking deck in Rutland City on Tuesday afternoon. At left is the spire of Grace Congregational Church and at right is First Baptist Church.

Mr. Pickle Man, of Rutland Town, describes his coming of age in Warwick, Rhode Island, dropping out of school at 15 and at the age of 17 joining the Army. When he came out, he used his medical training as a foundation, worked in civilian hospitals as a registered nurse, went into government …