Family photos survive Hurricane Ike

March 4, 2009 8:06:15 AM PST
It's a tale of one photo album, literally moved by Hurricane Ike to the Bolivar Peninsula. A local family has it in their possession, but it's not theirs. They want to find whose memories they have.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Kim Stetler and her daughter were driving on the Bolivar Peninsula to see what was left after Hurricane Ike. They pulled over, looked down and found someone's photo album. It's full of pictures that look like a family gathering.

"We have small children playing in the pool," said Stetler.

For months, Stetler has been curious.

"Who knows. These may be three brothers," she said.

She has a stack of photographs...

"Here is a mother and son," she said.

But she doesn't know the story behind them. She hopes it will all come together soon.

"If this is all the family had left, it needed to find its way home," said Stetler.

Kim and her daughter were driving on the Bolivar Peninsula about three months ago to see what was left. In Crystal Beach, they pulled over and Kim looked down and among the devastation she saw smiles.

"Oh my gosh. That's someone's dad, somebody's grandpa," said Kim.

She says one picture was staring back at her. She says she just found pages out of someone's life.

"There is enough here, I feel, that is worth saving. I would hope that if it were mine, someone would do the same thing," she said.

She took the pictures home and tried her best to preserve them.

"Each sheet I took out and I'd wipe with a Clorox wipe and then once it dried, I turned it over and I would wipe the next," she said.

They are now finally dried and ready to be reclaimed. Kim's daughter imagines the reunion.

"We'd say, 'Look, we found these for you.' You know, 'Here, just have a little bit back that you may have lost'," said Kim's daughter, Lori Hoskins.

They hope despite all the destruction, the photographs will provide someone a little joy.

"Memories are all we have and we never forget them, but pictures do mean a lot," said Kim.

Kim and her daughter know that not all of those photo are well preserved, but they are sure whomever they belong to would want them back.

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