During his childhood, George Findlen lived with his mother and grandparents on a farm in a French-speaking community near Van Buren, Maine. Both sides of the St. John River, the border between Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, were home to him. Returning as an adult to research a book on the region, he encountered modern-day immigration authorities whose behaviors reflected current immigration issues. His anecdote contrasts the two eras, describing bewildered immigration officials trying to determine why this man who speaks their dialect and drives a car with an out-of-state license plate is continuously crossing the border over a period of several days.
Rose Ann Findlen
George L. Findlen