The ghost girl of Baker Road

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 12:35 pm on Monday, October 31, 2011

Keith Hudson of Greenville thrilled an audience of local hauntings around the Greenville area Thursday night. He told of local stories he had learned about after interviewing residents around the area.

GREENVILLE ­— In 1966, two girls were walking along Baker Road near Palmer Drive in Eureka Township when they got hit by two cars drag racing.
One of the car drivers and one of the walkers died. But some people claim to have seen the ghost of the girl still visiting the area at night now and then to look for her missing class ring.
Keith Hudson, a retired Greenville music teacher, spun that and other haunting tales Thursday for an audience at the Greenville High School Performing Arts Center.
Hudson said the ghost of Baker Road is the most intriguing of the local ghost stories he has researched over the past 30 years.
Throughout the years, Hudson said the story of what took place that night has changed many times. Some versions say it was prom night and more versions have emerged through the years.
Some drivers have reported seeing the girl on all fours along Baker Road looking for her ring. Another lady was driving down Baker Road one night when a blue illumination floated out in front of her by the accident scene and then floated into the woods.
A family from Belding moved into the house where the accident took place. Hudson said two stories have formed of the family seeing a girl in the bedroom.
The first time, a daughter saw a girl lying in her bed and thought it was he sister. She found out the next morning her sister was not home that night.
The second time, a friend who was staying the night woke up in and saw girl sitting on the bed.
Hudson also brought up other stories that families have experienced throughout the area. He said some of the hauntings have taken place on Cass and Washington streets and some at places around City Hall.
These incidents include families seeing people in their homes, such as young children playing, or hearing sounds like music, whispering and crying from other rooms in the house.
Some people have reported seeing a glowing tombstone in St. Charles Catholic Cemetery on Chase Street. Hudson said a security light there now eliminates the glowing, but it still can be seen when the light is off.
Hudson said he has always been interested in the local history and became more interested in local ghost stories around the 1980s. He joined the Flat River Historical Society to learn more about local history and began to gather more information on local hauntings.
He said he was stuck on only four stories, but after receiving leads from his students he was able to expand.
His presentation now has 17 stories from the Greenville area.
“I have always been interested,” Hudson said. “It is fascinating to me.”
Rebecca Dakin, 17, enjoyed Hudson’s lecture on Thursday. Although, she thought it would be scarier.
“It was really interesting,” she said.

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