Versions of the “The White Rock Lady” have circulated in North Texas folklore; however, the one found in “Texas Ghost Stories: Fifty Favorites for the Telling” combines all the elements of a good ghost story: tragedy, family ties, promise, reappearance and finally, eternal mystery.
A Dallas bootlegger wanted to impress his girlfriend, Julie, so he decided to take her for a night on the town. Their destination was a party boat on White Rock Lake where the revelers felt safe from police raids. Unfortunately, the young girl was much to naive and innocent to associate with the man, and her father knew it.
Before she left for the evening, her father said, “Julie, no matter how late, now matter how you are this evening, come home. I'll leave a light on for you.” (Read the rest of the story in the Sunday, Oct. 13 issue of The Graham Leader.)