PITTSBURG, N.H. - For the last 10 years, Marty Hewson told his wife, Anne, he wanted to write a book which encaptured his life as a member of the Border Patrol. Last November, his book was published.
Hewson, he was born and raised in Chazy, left the area at age 19 to pursue a career in the United States Air Force. After three years, he got out, but was immediately recalled to the Korean Conflict. After 10 years in the Air Force, Hewson turned his sights to the Border Patrol.
"I went in '57 and [in] '68 I transferred to Immigration," he explained. "Which put me in Pittsburg."
"For the last 10 years, I kept telling my wife I'm going to write a book about my experiences [in the Border Patrol]," Hewson added. "Every once in a while, she'd remind me of it."
However, last May, Anne took sick.
"I procrastinated too long about the book," said Hewson. "So, I just set it aside about writing it."
Anne, who was in the hospital for several weeks, in need of a new heart and aorta replacement valve, eventually came home, though passed away a week later, July 17.
"After the funeral ... I guess two weeks later, I couldn't sleep," Hewson recalled. "I was up all the time at night. So, one morning, about 3 a.m., I walked into my office ... sat down, grabbed a pencil and paper and I started."
"It all came out the top of my head," he added. "I had no notes whatsoever."
"Border Patrol's Silent Sentinels" is a 60-chapter book which chronicles Hewson's life in the Border Patrol for more than 10 years.
"About apprehending people on the Rio Grande River who tried to cross," he explained.
The book features 20 chapters of his time in El Paso and Brownsville, Tex., 20 chapters of his time in Richford, Vt., and the final 20 take place in his current town, with the final chapter focusing completely on him and Anne.
"There's some cute [stories] in here, too," said Hewson.
The book was published in October by Colebrook Copy Center in Colebrook, N.H. "It took me just six weeks to get it published," Hewson said. "Then, in November, I started selling them." Hewson has sold more than 300 copies of his book, with all the proceeds benefitting a scholarship he started in his wife's memory.
"I was thinking, who took care of my wife about 45 days," he explained. "Nurses, right? She was in the Boston Women's Hospital, which I can't say nothing bad about that place."
The scholarship, titled "Anne Hewson Memorial Scholarship for Students Pursuing a Nursing Career," will give $1,000 to a graduating student from one of three schools in Hewson's area. Pittsburg High School, Colebrook Academy, both in New Hampshire, and Canaan High School in Vermont.
Although the students benefitting from the book sales through the scholarship will not be from the Chazy area, Hewson hopes people will still support what he is trying to do, as a former resident of the area and an alumni of Chazy Central Rural School.
The book, which sells for $19.95, can be purchased by contacting Hewson at 1-603-538-9562. There are also two bookstores in Hewson's area selling the book. "Treats & Treasures" can be contacted at 1-603-538-7472 and "Memos of New Hampshire" can be contacted at 1-603-237-5705.