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Illinois volunteers catalog lost tornado documents

Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 7:38 a.m. CDT

MORTON — A central Illinois public library is working to reunite storm victims with their lost family documents that were scattered during last month's tornadoes.

The (Peoria) Journal-Star reports more than 1,000 documents have been collected and catalogued at the Morton Public Library in Tazewell County. Another 1,000 or so documents still need to be sorted by volunteers and more are arriving by mail.

The collection includes photos, military records, report cards, love letters, marriage licenses and even baseball cards. The workers are also storing a family's German Bible from the 1880s, old slides and a Boy Scout's camping journal from the 1950s.

Workers hope to be able to return the items to their owners.

Most of the documents were scattered when two dozen tornadoes hit Illinois on Nov. 17.

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