The brand new film “12 Mighty Orphans” tells the story of The Masonic House and College and the formation of a highschool soccer staff. The story is a vital piece of Fort Price and Texas historical past. It’s a nice film, and I strongly suggest you watch it whenever you get an opportunity. Many of the film was filmed in Fort Price and Weatherford.
The staff grew to become generally known as the Mighty Mites. The boys had been small in stature however powerful as nails. They proved this on the soccer discipline.
I used to be in a position to attend a premier of the film held on the Masonic Temple and had the chance to fulfill two Masons who grew up on the faculty. They’re brothers and each performed on the Mighty Mites staff.
Paul and David are two of 13 siblings. Their father, a Mason, died when Paul was three years of age. Their mom struggled working three jobs to assist and feed them. She would work one job and are available dwelling to feed them and go to the subsequent job and so forth by the day.
They lived in Hillsboro, and the native Masons approached her a number of instances requesting they take the youngest of the brood to the Masonic House and College. She refused however conceded on the third request. Paul informed me at the moment they had been beginning to get into bother, and it was the very best factor that occurred to them.
The youngest had been taken by the sponsoring Masons and dropped off at a playground on the faculty. The boys weren’t allowed to say goodbye to them. This was the protocol.
Paul stated he cried for 2 months. They had been separated by ages and weren’t allowed to be with one another. He would possibly see his brothers as soon as every week or so. All he might do was wave. They had been taken excellent care of however had been strangers and alone.
Annually they had been in a position to go dwelling and stick with their mom for every week to 10 days. Paul didn’t need to return to the house the primary journey again. His mom informed him to strive yet another yr and if he didn’t need to keep, she would take him again. By the second yr, he by no means needed to return to his mom. Although he beloved her he discovered a house. He informed me that the House saved his life.
On the dwelling, the kids grew to become one another’s friends. This created a world of excellent for his or her shallowness and indoctrinated them to try to make good grades and to get the very best schooling they might obtain. Each Paul and David earned levels in accounting and have become CPAs. David was Paul’s inspiration.
Within the film the boys had been proven practising and enjoying soccer barefooted and in denims. This was the way it actually occurred. They had been pushed to Sycamore Park to follow in a flatbed pickup, similar to within the film.
The opposing gamers had been respectful for probably the most half. Sometimes, one participant would name them little orphan boys. That will embolden the Mighty Mites to kick their (nicely, you already know) on the sphere.
Soccer was what the girls and boys lived for. Many instances, when the prayer was stated over their meal the scholar would come with “thanks for the house and thanks for soccer.” Soccer was labored into lots of their prayers.
They didn’t have anybody to sit down on their aspect of the sphere once they performed groups out of city. But Masons of the city during which they performed would sit on their aspect of the sphere in assist. This precipitated a lot consternation with the remainder of the city. Additionally, the Moslah Shrine Drum and Bugle Corp would play at their dwelling video games.
Paul made straight A’s and was allowed to play on the soccer staff. He began at age 10 enjoying Pee Wee soccer, and as a senior in highschool he was the staff captain. For Paul soccer was the good factor, and it was a lifestyle on the dwelling. David was additionally staff captain his senior yr.
They had been pleased with the legacy of the unique 12 Mighty Mites. They might and nonetheless do have household reunions yearly on the campus. All of the graduates would return in the event that they had been in a position. The unique Mighty Mites and Coach Rusty Russell would return for the reunions, too.
A part of the fraternal obligation of a Mason is to handle their brothers’ widows and orphans. They did so in some ways. Doug Lord of the Hella Shrine and plenty of Dallas Masons would choose them up and take them to the State Truthful at their expense. The Oak Cliff Masonic Lodge would make certain every little one had a Christmas current. The stage within the auditorium could be lined in presents. As a practice, the Seniors of the college would hand out the presents.
Paul grew to become Comptroller below Bob Bullock and labored with him for 31 years. Paul and Rebecca have three kids and 9 grandchildren. Paul not too long ago stepped down type his place as Grand Grasp of the Grand Lodge of Texas. It’s an honor he seems to be upon as giving again, not as a boastful achievement.