I led Mike to a different place this week. All members of Jasper Main Street aren’t always businesses, as is the case of Navy brats Annette Reburn-Bowman and Mike Bowman, originally from Troy, …
I led Mike to a different place this week. All members of Jasper Main Street aren’t always businesses, as is the case of Navy brats Annette Reburn-Bowman and Mike Bowman, originally from Troy, Alabama, and Michigan respectively, who are now new Jasper transplants from Gardendale.
The couple and their menagerie of animals live on the old Long House property adjacent to Downtown Jasper and are neighbors to former Downtown business owner Dee Tuck of The Secret Place and Mitzi McDaniel, a fixture at Downtown’s Young Jewelers for the past 17 years.
As I spoke to Annette and Mike, they introduced me to the cat Oliver, who likes to be addressed with a British accent; Izzy, a rat terrier mix; and Darcy, Annette’s and Mike’s Foster Failure.
Darcy is special to the Bowmans because while fostering Darcy for adoption, they fell in love with her and decided to adopt her themselves, hence their foster failure. I hope Mike Putman doesn’t get any ideas; I like being an only child.
As lovely as they were, even Oliver the cat, I was most intrigued by the Irish Wolfhounds, brothers and sisters Gryphon and Cailin. These gentle giants wanted to play in the fenced yard while walking Annette and Mike, sound familiar? I thought so too.
Annette is the executive director at the 811 Call before You Dig office located in Fultondale while Mike works from home in Information Technology. I think he must work from home also so he can take care of the menagerie. Their home is the perfect place for the animals; it’s a large home with a large fenced back yard.
The Bowmans like walking downtown to one of the restaurants and/or breweries with Gryphon, named for the character from Alice in Wonderland, Cailin, which means “girl” in Gaelic.
The Bowmans pointed out to me that their house is built on some of the cornerstones used to support the Long House that formerly stood on that property. In addition, the out building is made from lumber salvaged from the Long House.
According to local historian Pat Morrison, The Long House was built circa 1900 by the son of Benjamin Long and became vacant in the early 1980’s and was a total loss in a fire in the mid 1990’s.
Now, just like Downtown Jasper, the property is teeming with life, not only with the Bowmans, but also with their menagerie! When you see Gryphon and Cailin walking Annette and Mike in Downtown Jasper, please stop and welcome them!
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