Some of us came from single parent homes where the father had passed away young, maybe killed in WWII, there were divorces, and some came from the Tarrant County Children’s Home located on Lancaster, just south of Tandy Elementary. It was called the “Orphans’ Home” on the maps but not all the youngsters there were orphans. Some of them were abandoned as a result of domestic disruptions between their parents—leaving neither wanting their children. The TCCH kids were mostly sent to Tandy Elementary, then to William James Junior High, then Poly High School. One former TCCH resident said you could always tell the TCCH boys…we always wore striped T-Shirts and long-leg jeans with the cuffs rolled way up. (yes, that's Kay Humphrey standing just behind him to the left in a Tandy class picture).
Scouting and church youth activities continued to bring us together socially as we matured through the later elementary years and approached Junior High. There were 2 Boy Scout troops and at least one Girl Scout troop. All were quite active for a number of years. A number of boys I knew well joined Mr. Hunsaker’s Troop 25 which met at his house on Oakland while boys I didn't know so well joined Troop 12 that met at Meadowbrook Methodist Church. Troop 25 produced two Eagle Scouts, Bill Hunsaker & Jeff Nusbaum; Troop 12 produced several, Warren Koch, Bruce Butler's brother, & others. Ultimately, the Girl Scout Troop that met at Mrs. Hofmann’s house produced 10 Curved Bar scouts.
Gus didn't participate in these scout activities but, did join a troop on the Northeast side for a short time. That was about 6th or 7th grade and I found the troop too large and populated with some older boys who tended to be bullies. A single venture into the Outback where the task was to read a magnetic compass and pace off so many steps in an assigned direction that was utterly ignored by the attending adults thoroughly flummoxed Gus, who then said, "to heck with this." Never had much patience for busy work, a notion that clearly developed at an early age.