Border Crossings, Potton Township, Part 1 - The History of Highwater Customs

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Date: 1870 to 1982
Location: Potton, Brome, Quebec, Canadamap
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The History which follows was written by Merton E. Bailey (1922-2013) on 15 Oct. 1982. He accepted a permanent position with Canada Customs at Highwater, Quebec in June 1946, and spent his entire career there through 1977. Merton's father Edgar Bailey, two of his brothers, a Bailey cousin and even one of his sons for a time, all worked for Canada Customs so this was something of a family specialty.

This short history is closely intertwined with the history of this hamlet called Highwater,[1] where Merton was born and also where he settled as an adult and raised his own family. He and his wife Mary Cowan were intensely interested in the history of their ancestors and of Potton township and left a wealth of researched materials for later generations. The Profile which follows is a prime example.

Please note that this history was written in 1982 so the situation on border crossings between Potton and Vermont has evolved somewhat in the meantime, especially as a reaction to the events of 9/11. This "Part 1" deals with the Port of entry of Highwater and a companion "Part 2" (to be added) deals with the other Ports of entry in Potton township.


  1. Village Profile| Profile of Highwater, Quebec

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Border Crossings - Acknowledgments

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