The Autobiography of Robert Watchorn

The Autobiography of Robert Watchorn

The Autobiography of Robert Watchorn

The Autobiography of Robert Watchorn

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Robert Watchorn's interesting life reads like a story from Horatio Alger, from the time when, at the age of eleven, he began working as a door boy in a Derbyshire coal mine in England until he died at the age of eighty-six, halfway across the world in Redlands, California.

After much prodding by family and friends, he began in his sixties to set down in writing what he considered the important points in his life. He had come to think that his story, if printed, might well be an inspiration to young people who, like himself, had handicaps to overcome. He was a modest man, and the editor felt, after going over various versions of the manuscript he left behind, that it should at times be augmented by more factual material concerning certain episodes in his life, as his own manuscript does not give a complete nor adequate account of his remarkable career.

His formal education was limited, as he attended a Church of England school for boys only up to his eleventh year, when he went to work in the coal mines. However, as he was ambitious to better himself and his family, he continued his studies at night. His real education was derived from the harsh school of life, by . . .

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