The People Time Forgot: Marshall Watler

Mr. Watler had eight children and one step-child. He had to work hard at many jobs to keep food on the table. As a young man, he sailed between Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands on a banana boat.

Later in life he worked for Public Works and also for local surveyor Selkirk Watler as a “trailer.” He would chop trails in the deep bush to create boundaries for survey markings.

He also raised cows and chickens and he and his brother Dalton would fish for extra income.

Mr. Watler passed away in 1991 at the age of 86.

This image is from the book ‘The People Time Forgot’ by G. Nowak (Barefoot Man). The book is for sale at the National Museum and all proceeds go toward museum projects.

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