Photos found after April tornadoes gathered at Arlington library



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Posted on May 17, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Updated Thursday, May 17 at 9:04 PM

ARLINGTON - An effort is underway to reunite tornado victims with precious photos scattered by the April storms.

Hundreds of pictures collected after the April tornadoes are now cleaned up, bagged and loosely categorized at the Lake Arlington branch of the public library.

Kate Atwood, 18, came up with the idea to put all the pictures in one place where storm victims can go through them.

"These pictures are all special to someone," Atwood said.

One family already claimed 240 photos, but about 600 remain.

Some are studio portraits, most are candid snaps from dinners, vacations, weddings and life in general. One shows a proud turn-of-the-century couple holding their newborn.

Ruth McCullough was a young woman when she posed in 1938. Sailor Benjamin Recer sat for a formal photo around the time of World War II. The twister tore it in half.

The library is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It is located at 4000 West Green Oaks Boulevard.

It might be a long shot, but Kate Atwood says all these memories belong to someone.