Several items from the west Kentucky tornadoes of Dec. 10 were found on a farm in Hancock County on Kentucky Highway 2181, about three miles south of Hawesville.
Among the items were two photographs, a Monopoly game card, and graphing paper from a math class. The items were found in a hayfield on the farm of Donna and Scott Marsch.
“I posted the pictures in the Quad State Tornado Found Items group (on Facebook), and within an hour, one picture that was dated May 2000 was identified as a lady named Caroline,” said Leah Marsch. “She was originally from Carlisle County but went to the Marshall County Prom, where the photo was taken.”
Caroline now lives in east Tennessee, so she was not affected by the storms. She told Leah it came from a high school friend’s house that was destroyed when the Dec. 10 outbreak came through the area near Land Between the Lakes.
The picture travelled about 150 miles, pulled aloft in the airborne debris from the powerful storms. The other photo, a black-and-white print of a woman standing near a palm tree on the shore of a body of water has not yet been identified.
“She was very appreciative that I mailed her photo, even though it was all bent up and had pieces of grass stuck to it,” Leah said. “I think this show how people from all over are connecting through the disaster.”
The Quad State Tornado Found Items group has more than 81,000 members following the page.
By C. Josh Givens