Name: Braden, Douglas PM
Lodge: Wichita Falls # 635 AF & AM
Date: 12-May-2005


My Father,his father,Grand father and Great Grand Father were Masons , as was my Mothers father,his Father and Grand Father. When I was born all but my Dad and Mothers Father were already deceased and both of them were gone by my 12th. birthday . My mother was raised in a Masonic family , and had a older cousin she much admired who was in DeMolay,so when I reached DeMolay age she had me invited to a DeMolay rush party and I joined Hope Chapter , so with all the Masons in my family and my membership in DeMolay I was drawn to the Fraternity. My 21 st. birthday was on the Stated meeting of the Lodge my DeMolay Chapter met in Faith Lodge # 1158 AF&AM ,so I presented my petition to them on that date.

It was I also believe an attempt for me to become closer and learn more about why all these men in my family were Masons, or as we say in Masonry " In Search of More Light " now today after 36 years, I truly do know what kind of Men they were,and much about what they stood for. I have been lucky to Sit in the East of my Lodge and also in the Lodges in Texas and Mississippi were they were members and raised. I do feel closer to them and to the 111 men who preceeded me in the East of my Lodge as well as the many Founding Fathers of this Country and the Republic of Texas . Doug Braden