The best piece of Only in York County mail I’ve ever received

The photo above arrived at the YDR offices a few weeks ago with a letter from Norma Jean Scott-Mitzel. I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I say this is truly the best Only in York County mail I’ve ever received – or am ever likely to receive. To explain why, let me just share Norma Jean’s letter.

“The enclosed photo is a fond memory for me. I worked for Robert C. Murphy Real Estate in the mid 70′s. A man from out of state was looking for a farmette. I helped him to find one in Dover. Later that man, also, worked for our Real Estate Company. I think from this photo of a Christmas party you will recognize the handsome man on the right as your Father Lou. He was always a pleasant happy man with a big smile and handsome also. I’m the lady standing on the side of Bob Murphy wearing the wreath pin.”

I can’t even explain what this meant to me. The day I received it, I made my way around the office, showing it off to as many friends as possible. My husband, Chris, just kept saying “Wow.” Our managing editor, Randy Parker, gave me a big hug (and he’ll kill me for ruining his “surly” image by saying that!) And when I went home and showed the picture to my mom, well, she was amazed too. She remembered Norma Jean – and was excited both to hear from her and to see a photo we’d never before known about of Dad, who passed away in 1993.

I do miss that farmette that Norma Jean and the rest of the Murphy Real Estate team helped Mom and Dad find. On Blackberry Road north of Dover, it is a place of many fond memories for me, and seeing Dad’s face helped bring them back.

Thank you so much, Norma Jean. We appreciate you beyond words.

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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