DEXTER – A letter that has been lost in the mail for decades is now on its way to its original owner.
The small town of Dexter is where Larry Worden grew up.
“We lived on Church Street in Dexter, which is the Main Road on Route 7 through the town,” said Worden.
On Wednesday, he got an unexpected email from Adam Fisher, who works at the Maine State Library. Fisher said a staff member there saw a Facebook post in search of Larry.
“We always enjoy a good mystery at the state library so … We just started off on a search,” said Fisher, director of the collections development and digital initiatives at the Maine State Library.
“They say they had this letter here that was sent in 1967 that they really wanted to find me to deliver it,” said Larry.
During that time Larry was a teenager. He went to a summer music camp at the University of Maine in Farmington.
“They had this orchestra and band and chorus and they would orchestrate and we got to meet other musicians from around the state,” said Larry.
He wrote the letter to a friend he made there, but it never got to her.
“We were just pen-pals. We used to exchange music tapes and quotes from things we had read,” said Larry.
It’s a friendship that lost touch in the early 1970s but now he’s hoping that changes.
“She was a good friend and a great musician. In fact, her older sister was at the University of Maine when I was there and I took piano lessons from her,” Worden said.
It’s unclear why the letter never made it to it’s destination. It’s on its way to Texas, where Larry now lives. He says once he gets it he’s going to try and track down that woman and finally get it to her 52 years later.