The Year of Moving Forward

The Year of Moving Forward
At our 4 person wedding reception in DC

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Three Things of Significance

Three things of great significance happened Saturday. Other things happened that are important as well. Barack Obama named a cabinet member. Joe Biden got a dog. Auburn named a coach. But these three things hit close to home, not in order of importance.

1. I graduated from UAB.
2. We had our Christmas Party.
3. My neighbor’s house burned to the ground.

1. I earned a Masters degree in Public Health, with an A in every course. I’m not trying to brag, but that is the best set of grades of all three of my degrees. What does the future hold? We will see.

2. We served up a bunch of Cajun food and desserts and raised several hundred dollars in gifts and money for two needy families. The final tally is not in, as we are still collecting donations through Monday, December 15.

3. This house was known throughout Bessemer as one of the premier historical homes. Known as the G. H. Stevenson House in the South Bessemer Inventory, the home belonged to Glenn Shadix who moved back to Bessemer about a year ago. Saturday it burned. Glenn thankfully was not in the house when the fire started, and is physically OK. The cause has not been determined.

Here is a picture of the fire in progress.

Here is what remains.

Here are some pictures taken after the fire. From are not supposed to see the sky.
Still smoldering Sunday...the BFD returned.
The Bessemer Historical Homeowners Association members have you in our thoughts and prayers, Glenn.

Bessemer mourns the loss of this beautiful home and for Glenn, of the loss of so much of his personal belongings.


Anonymous said...


Congratulations on your latest graduation. Having received an A in every course is indeed quite and accomplishment!

Please pass along our sincerest sympathy to Glenn on the tragic loss of his beautiful home and personal mementos. What a tragedy. We are glad that he was not injured.

Tom and Lonnie

Homer said...

That is so sad to see a beautiful house and someone's possessions destroyed. I hope he is able to rebuild.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to see that beautiful old house destroyed. I remember passing by it on Dartmouth many, many times over the years. I always loved the turret on the top. My mom remembers walking by it on 20th to catch the streetcar when she lived at the top of the hill. Such a shame. I am glad your neighbor was not hurt.

Congratulatons on your graduation.


Anonymous said...

Is this the former home of Jane?

Anonymous said...

Yes,this is the house that Jane and Don lived in. I spoke with Jane the day of the fire. Even though she no longer lived there, she still loved the house and was shaken.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry for Glenn, Jane and Don, and anyone else who has loved that home over the years. It was a Bessemer landmark.

From your former neighbor, Jennifer

Drew said...

This is a tragedy! I am so glad Glenn was not hurt! I hope the home will be rebuilt.

knitwit said...

Such a tragedy now or any time of year.

Where was his dog?