Helping recover memories

From press and staff reports

Photos and mementoes and much more were snatched up by the April 28 tornado with some traveling hundreds of miles and others traveling to other parts of the county.
There were many memories destroyed during the recent tornado in Winston County. People have found many misplaced photos in their fields and yards around town and even out of the state of families and individuals.
Many of these photos have been placed at the Winston County Library.

Jackie White recovers some of his memories at the Library

Jackie White recovers some of his memories at the Library

Jackie White, who lived at 140 Richardson Road came in the Winston County Library and saw the photos on display that had been found in pastures, ditches, yards and in trees. Five of the photos belonged to him. Including his graduation photo, which had been in a frame on his wall, and a treasured family photo from 1956 with his father, grandfather, aunts, uncles and cousins that had been in a photo book. He was so happy to get these few precious memories back.

Mattie Haynes receives a photo from Mr. Sexton who traveled with his family from Marion County, Alabama to return the photo he found in his front yard.

Mattie Haynes receives a photo from Mr. Sexton who traveled with his family from Marion County, Alabama to return the photo he found in his front yard.

Representing the power of the storm, Mattie Haynes had a photograph returned to her from Marion County Alabama–126 miles away.
If you or anyone you may know have lost or found photos that could have been misplaced by the storms, contact or visit the Winston County Library in Louisville, MS. They will be glad to help find or retrieve lost photos from the storm.

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These two photos were found in Hamilton, Alabama. One of the little girl holding a cat here and two girls with their Barbies. The second photo was found in a community called Pea Ridge near Hamilton. The family that found the photos live somewhere around 120 miles from Louisville,MS.  The family that found them are hoping to return them to those that lost the photos. “ I am sure it would me a lot to the families to get these photos back. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you,” said Christy Parker of Hamilton, AL. If anyone can identify the photos please contact Parker at cknamp@yahoo.com. Studies of storms and tornadoes have documented how photos and other paper items have traveled over 220 miles with heavier objects from wooden signs, jackets and doors traveling over 60 miles.