“Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.” – Anais Nin
I’ve always been fascinated with this story.
Minnie Quay was the daughter of James and Mary Ann. They lived in Forester, Michigan in the 1850s. At the age of 15, Minnie fell in love with a sailor. When word of the romance reached her parents, they forbid her to ever see him again. Loud arguments were heard coming from the house- her mother went so far as to say she’d rather Minnie be dead than marry this guy.
In the spring of 1852, he headed out to sea and never came back. It was reported that the ship went down somewhere in Lake Huron. On May 26th, the despondent Minnie was left alone to watch her infant brother. While he was sleeping, Minnie walked out of her house and straight through the town. She passed the Tanner House Hotel where guests waved to her. She did not wave back. Minnie kept walking- right off Smith’s Pier into the great lake and died.
The stories surrounding these events claim that Minnie’s ghost tries to lure young women into the lake. Her ghost has also been seen walking through town and standing by the remains of the pier while her voice has been heard coming up from the lake.
Very sad. Very creepy.
You can listen to a lovely song about Minnie here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDEJWDiHd9Q
You can watch the Dead Files episode (LOVE that show) on Minnie Quay here: http://www.travelchannel.com/video/legend-of-minnie-quay