New Albany, Ind. — Communities in western Kentucky have been forever changed by the recent tornado. Dozens lost their lives, thousands of homes were destroyed, and towns are left unrecognizable.
Winds from the storms were so powerful, that items from affected areas flew away for hundreds of miles. Remnants of the storm brought a piece of Dawson Springs, Kentucky, to the driveway of Katie Posten, in New Albany, Indiana.
Crossing the bridge over the Ohio River is one way to get from Kentucky to Indiana. that’s where Katie Posten lives.
“The wind is getting so cold,” she said.
There are no signs of damage in front of her home. but Saturday morning, remnants of the storm made way to her driveway by wind.
“It almost looked like someone left me a note on my car,” she said. “It looks like it’s probably a picture of a picture. Which means who knows if the original is still around and it might be the only one they have left.”
On the back of the photo are the names Gertie Swatzell and J.D. Swatzell.
Once Posten saw this picture that was pressed up against her car window on Saturday morning, she knew this picture had a story much deeper than hers, and her priority was to get it back to the rightful owner.
“It was dated in 1942, so I took a picture of it, posted it on social media,” Posten said. “If I don’t find either of them, but the likelihood we find a family member hopefully is high. But it’s still a needle in a haystack.”
Instead, it turned out to be a perfect match. Family members say the photo came from Dawson Springs, Kentucky. That piece of history flew nearly 130 miles in the wind.
“He was really surprised,” she said. “I think initially he didn’t recognize the name, he was surprised to see it was his family, but also that it traveled so far.”