MARCH   2008        

  Happy St. Patrick's Day


Trojan Head designed by  
Kermit Ruyle '47

Printable Flashlight link on Page 3

Look for the blinking link under the  Newspaper boy!


Paul Cointin '58

Clark Brothers WWII Portrait has a New Home!
Semper Fidelis  -  Always faithful!

One of our alumni families sent three of their boys off to war, but only one returned home. 

      "Frank is now 82.  He looks at the painting and wonders 'What will become of it?' "  You contact someone who can help you find a home for it - that's what Frank E. Clark did!
      He contacted Bill McClellan, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Frank told Bill about his brothers in WWII and about a portrait his brother-in-law, Robert L. Rigsby, a professional artist, had painted of them.
      Bill McClellan was interested. He interviewed Frank at his home. While there, Bill asked Frank what his long range plans were for the painting. Frank explained that was one of the things bothering him, he did not know where the portrait would go. He hoped he could find a proper home for it.
      On January 16, 2008, Bill McClellan wrote an article in his column, "Portrait of war ls looking for a home."   Bill mentioned Frank Clark's
family history, but the theme was finding the right place for his painting.  At 7:30 am, the day the article appeared in the paper, Frank began getting phone calls from readers of the column. Bill McClellan sent emails and phone numbers to Frank, also. Bill's sensitive story was very effective.
      One of the phone calls Bill forwarded to Frank came from Lynnea Magnuson of the Soldiers Memorial in St. Louis. They were definitely interested in presenting a display of the portrait with four or five supporting articles.
     Frank feels it was Bill's article making all the phone calls and emails possible. He also feels the one year Stewardship trial at the Soldiers Memorial was a very good choice. 
    Frank Clark  and his great nephew, Mark Rigsby, still retain ownership of the painting and supporting documents.

View history and documents here.

More about this Wellston WWII
family here.  

Click to enlarge
    In the painting above, Harvey Mack Clark  ("Pat"), (Class of '41) is on the right in the painting. He is the oldest. After 33 missions, his B-26 went down over a target in Germany 12/15/44.
     Charles B. Clark, (Class of '39) Lt., Army Air Corps is on the left in the painting. He was the second oldest brother. On his last mission over Borneo oil fields, the plane was damaged over the target. The crippled plane was attacked by an enemy fighter cannon fire and went down. There were no survivors. 10/3/44
      Francis E. Clark (Frank) (Class '43) is the Marine in the center, the youngest brother. Frank was in the invasion of Iwo Jima. After about 30 days he was pulled out, and stationed at Maui. He was at the 4th Division Marine Corps base on Maui when he learned of his two brothers being missing in action. Frank did not find out that they had been killed in action until May of 1945."

 Semper Fi,  Frank !




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Vintage Photos From the Shoe Box!

Send in your shoebox photo's so they can be shared with everyone. We'll post them online.

How do you store your pictures? Framing, scrapbooking or sticking them in shoeboxes—with the advent of digital photography, there are several options sharing the photos you love, making them last a good, long time: You can either: Email , scan  or use US Postage (If photos are to be returned, please include return US Mail postage.)

Pictures from the Shoe Box

1943 taken at 6314 Ridge
L-R Lee Haefner '44, Darlene Haefner '46 Richard Stopke '42

L-R Butch '58 & Jackie Sage '56, Mike Sullivan '56, Chester Wimpee '58


      L-R Chester Wimpee '58 and Earl (Butch) Sage '58


Walter Scott, Lead Singer "The Cheater"

Bill Penny (drummer) and his Pacemakers entertained at a Wellston in the early 60s. Their singer was Walter Scott, also known as "Little Walter", shown middle of top row. After leaving The Pacemakers he joined Bob Kuban and The In-Men. In 1966 he was the lead singer of "The Cheater", which became the #1 song that year. Ironically, the lyrics speak of the downfall of an unfaithful lover.

Scott disappeared shortly after Christmas, 1983. In April, 1987 Scott's body, having been hog-tied and shot in the back, was found floating face-down in a cistern in St. Charles, MO. Walter Scott had been murdered in by his wife's lover, with his wife's collusion.

Sent in by Karin Carter '65  
<-- Click picture to enlarge

circa 1958 - Forest Park Highland '58 picnic -
L-R Bruce Eyster, Louise Landsbury, Connie Teaney and Jack Price


Click pictures to enlarge

Circa 1955-56 - Central Elementary School, Ella Ave. Music teacher - Mrs. Kleinschmidt is directing. Looks like celebrating President's Day and Valentines' Day. Possibly Mrs Fees at the piano. Maybe Jim Bennett '65 as Abe Lincoln?

Photo's sent in by Louise Landsbury '65 - Story by Bonnie Landsbury '57 [MORE]

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JoAnn Wms '60 (L) & Betty Ellsworth '60 (R) enjoy being away from the ice and cold.

Betty and hubby George celebrating their anniversary with a kiss on the beach!


             as you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong way......

Please be sure to share your Flashlight with those who don't have access to the Internet Printable March Issue

 Colleen Oliphant '51
As the sun rises gold
Over the Emerald Isle,
May your oat's hot steam
Warm your hard work smile.

Alumnae & Alumni News and Comments:

Search:  "Genealogy In St. Louis"

select option #2 - "Search only "Genealogy in St. Louis" websites (about 300 websites) "
Type in your Wellston High Senior Class first and last name.
You may be there! 

Irl R . Hicks Jr., born in 1895 was the son of Rev Irl R. Hicks. They lived at Lotus and Kienlen. Irl attended the "New" school at Ella and Morton. His age was 15 for this event. This article was published in 1911 by Scribner & Co. Story found in: St. Nicholas By Mary M. Dodge

The handling of boats has a fascination for nearly every boy, and "Young America" is now constructing boats, real boats of the sea-going type, which embody many helpful suggestions for even experienced builders. In every part of the country the desire to build "fast boats" has spread among boys, both in large cities and in country districts. The town of Wellston, Missouri, boasts two youngsters, Irl R. Hicks, Jr., fifteen years of age, and Adrian E. Donahue, seventeen years old, who have built a motorboat 16 feet long, and have equipped it with a five-horse-power motor. The boys are pupils at the Wellston High School, and before undertaking the boat, they constructed an automobile, which they also fitted with a motor. These young mechanics have been encouraged by their fathers in this work, and often rode about town in their automobile, and to Creve Coeur Lake, where they built and launched their motor-boat.

Irl Hicks, Senior was elected the FIRST Mayor of Wellston in 1910 by a plurality of thirty-two votes. More on the history of: Mayor Hicks

Editors Note: To think, they did this all without a computer!

In September of 2006, Will Raymond Turner lost his wife of 56 years, the former Cornelia Thompson '48. After a period of loneliness he had the good fortune to meet, fall in love and marry someone he had met at his church.

Now they can be found dancing at Senior Centers in Springfield and Branson, MO. 

"Here's our wedding picture" -  Will Raymond Turner class of '46

Friends from K - PRESENT
meeting each year in a different place.
(Click pictures to enlarge)

BACK Row, L-R: Louise Landsbury, Sue Kinnemore, Mari Treadway, Audrey Pilkerton, Linda Waldrum FRONT Row: Millie Blackwell, Sally Beebe, Sharon Zeltman - all from the Class of '65.

Sharon Zeltman, Shirley Dawes, Sue Kennemore, Louise Landsbury, Mari Treadway, Sharon Cain, Audrey Pilkerton

L-R JoAnn Williams '60, Earline Watson '52, Bud Watson '60, and Betty Ellsworth '60 agree with whomever wrote we didn't take the melody out of music, or God out of government and school. Turn your speakers up, sit back, and enjoy~  Click: Seniors [MORE]
Here is something that you might find interesting. I was in the class of 1966. My mother was Irene McBride and worked in the cafeteria while I was there. My uncle was Raymond McBride and he was custodian part of the time I was there. My cousin, Dorance "Gabe" Ostendorf '60, drove my school bus all four of my high school years. Berniece McBride '66

Editor's note: Would anyone have pictures in their shoebox of Irene or Raymond McBride's to share with others? Email us:
McBride Pictures



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Wellston High
Tribute to Teachers
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Send in your favorite teacher story.


This article was featured in a Year Book...
Which year?

Email your answer .

 Submitted by Krimhelde
(Wolf) Williams '43

There is so much information on the Internet but nothing as interesting as our home city, Wellston and St. Louis. Dave Lossos, has created a website with so much information of our City which will keep you busy for days, weeks, even months!

Have fun looking at days gone by: St.Louis Gene

They Liked the Place and Returned to Teach!

Lance H. Williams 1938

Lucienne Semon 1923

Robert E. Jackson 1926



Born on a farm near Cotton Plant, Arkansas, Mr. Williams moved to Wellston in 1926 and entered the Wellston Schools. Graduating from Wellston in 1938 he studied and received the B.S. Degree in Education at Southeastern Missouri State Teachers College at Cape Girardeau, Missouri in 1942.

Following his graduation he returned to Wellston to teach.

One of Wellston's most popular teachers and a former baseball coach, Mr. Williams has this to say about our Wellston, "Rather than leave Wellston, I would leave teaching.


Mrs. Lucienne Semon, the former Miss Gallais, graduated from Wellston High School in 1923.  Desiring to become a teacher she enrolled at Harris Teachers College, then a two year college, the following September. Receiving her certificate in 1926 she returned to teach first grade at Wellsmar School.  In 1942 she received her B.S. degree in Education from the University of Missouri.  The following September Miss Gallais came to the High School and took charge of the Art Department, a position she has held ever since.
About Wellston she says, "All my life I wanted to teach, and since my grade school days I wanted to teach in Wellston."

Mr. Jackson entered Soldan High School in 1924, but in 1925 he transferred to Wellston.  After spending only one year at Wellston, he determined to return here to teach.  He attended five colleges before he settled at Central Missouri Teachers College long enough to receive his B.S. Degree.

His first teaching job was at Foley, Missouri, where in a two-room school he was both teacher and principal.  He was Superintendent of Schools at Reger, Ludlow, Bourbon, and the Tilden School at Hannibal, Missouri.  During the war years he taught radio mechanics at Scott Field.  He left there in 1944 to begin teaching science at Wellston. In 1947 he began teaching driver education.

Mr. Jackson says, "In 1925 I decided to teach at Wellston.  It took me 22 years, but I made it"



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 alumni news and projects

We welcome contributions each month, so send us your story. It might be a story about a favorite teacher, or classmate who is no longer with us but who made a difference in your life or it may be a shot story of general interest.  We will select one short story monthly for publication.  This months selected feature story is from:   Billie Smith '47

         Billie Smith '47 and her husband Jim honored as '08 Dancers.

Billie's brother "Big" Bob Smith '48, started giving Jim and her square dancing lessons in 1981. They LOVED it! Since then they have joined several dance clubs, serving as Presidents. They have given their time and talents for many years making Square Dancing a little happier for all of us. Read the rest of their story: Honored 2008 Dancers [MORE]

    Billie and Big Bob now and then

Billie Smith '47 & husband Jim Toeniskoetter

       Taken from 1942 sweater


    The Embassy Suites is excepting reservations for our Reunion weekend, October 2, 3, and 4, 2009.
     When making reservations be sure to mention you are attending Wellston High Reunion for a special rate of $124.00 + tax per night.


     Friday and Saturday night festivities will be held at St. Charles Convention Center, starting with a Mixer on Friday, Oct 2, followed with a Dinner and Dance Saturday night, Oct 3rd.
Sunday, Oct 4th, will be a picnic, however, the location has yet to be selected.
 Mark these dates on your calendar!

The Embassy Suites
35 rooms have been reserved for both Friday and Saturday Night

Take a Tour

Bob Haefner is working on a new Blog creating a list of our 'Favorite' teachers. WHO was YOUR favorite teacher? Which one made the difference in YOUR life? Share your story remembering these special people in our lives who helped make us who we are today.

Here's a sample of what others have written about their favorites. Add YOUR favorite and how he or she changed YOUR life or added to it. Favorite Teacher's [MORE]

Send your story to: MY FAVORITE TEACHER

Charles Thoss 1906 - 1970

Type in your name or a classmates name + Wellston. Select 'I'm Felling Lucky"

See what you'll find.


There are so many great artists in our Alumni, which one would like to be the creator of our Reunion 2009 Buzz Book cover?

Let us know if you will be submitting an entry. Black and white entries must be received by June 1, 2009.

to: Buzz Book Art Work

Bud Watson '60

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.



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Last night my sister and I were sitting in the den when I told her "I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and have fluids from a bottle to keep me alive."  That would be no quality of life at all, if that ever happens, just pull the plug.

So she got up, unplugged the computer, and threw out my wine.

Terry Fator, World Class Impersonator, Comedian, Singer and Ventriloquist is a seasoned professional, who entertains all over the country and now by winning 'America's Got Talent', is considered the #1 entertainer in America.

For those who missed or maybe would like to watch this reality TV show again seeing the winners acts and his performances becoming the winner.

When he stepped onto the stage no one gave him a chance of winning: Click Here:[MORE]

Would you believe some hotels do not properly wash and sterilize drinking glasses placed in rooms? It makes you wonder about the cleanliness of the rest of the room, doesn't it?

See how a Fox 5 (TV station) in Atlanta caught several red handed at Snoopes.com  Remember, wash your glasses or use paper cups when drinking in a hotel or motel.

       Connie, WOWs Simon Cowell

6 year old
Connie Talbot, performs on Britain's 'Got Talent' Grand Final... singing "Somewhere over the Rainbow".  Hear what Simon has to say about her.

Connie Talbot [MORE]


                                                                          SPEED TRAPS
Do you know where the speed traps are in your area? With the cost of insurance going up each year, everyone certainly wants to do anything possible keeping rates down. One great way is avoiding speed traps resulting in driving violations. With changing state laws, and so many speed traps being set up, this has become harder to avoid.

In the state of Missouri and Florida, and probably more states, new laws have been passed stating you MUST move over in the other lane or SLOW down 20 miles below the speed limit when a police car is pulled to the side of the road and headlights must be on when windshield wipers are running. These along with seatbelt violations have become a major source of revenue for some cities and counties. There is a link online which has most known traps listed. It's simple to access, finding your area.

Click the link below, the next window will show a listing of all cities in that state. Click on YOUR city, you'll find all the speed traps where you live.  SPEED TRAPS - NO JOKE...CHECK IT OUT!

Earline Watson '52

Dance as though no one is watching you,
Love as though you have never loved before,
Sing as though no one can hear you,
Live as though heaven is on earth.




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Georgia Kube '52

Where in the World is Georgia Kube(Class of '52)
Check out the link taking you to the missing alumni list in your class. They may not even know they are missing!!  If there’s someone on the list that you know the whereabouts of (dead or alive) please email us the information, or have them contact us. As you see there are only a few classes with people missing. Most classes have someone who takes the initiative to keep their class list current. While this is not an easy task to undertake, it does make the job easier for the Reunion Committee. Check all the classes, because someone’s brother, sister, aunt, uncle, parents or even neighbor, might be on the "Missing List". The list spans a period of over 30 years. MISSING ALUMN

Classmates Remembered
Theresa O'Connor '63 wrote a beautiful poem dedicated to and remembering our departed alumnus.  To Read



Our Wellston Trojan
Classmates Remembered List
Click here

Rest in Peace

Kenneth Kammeier '42
passed  01/31/08


Hugh Klasing '43
Passed 2/7/08

Larry Poll ' 60
Passed 2/17/08

Duane Allen '64
Passed in 2001
Discovered during Database verification

Condolences to:  Lorna '47, Martin '56 and David '60 Kammeier in the passing of their Brother Ken 1/21/08
Norman, Gary, and Bruce Eyster in the passing of their mother, Jean, February 10th.
Are you in the habit of asking for lemons in your water, ice-tea, or lemonade? If so, see what the health department has found in the rinds and meat of the fruit before it was placed on your glass. This news clip has the findings of studies done on the bacteria which is VERY interesting and informative. It just might change your mind about: Lemons [MORE]

When calling a company, are you tired of computer prompts when you really need to speak to a human being?  There's now a list of company's showing us how to beat that annoying computerized voice asking you to hit a prompt. It shows how to get to a REAL breathing person - Example:  Charter Communications - 866‑472‑2200 Press 0 at each prompt, ignoring messages.

Set up a folder in your 'Favorites' or Benchmarks'. Name it 'GET A HUMAN'. [MORE]

Colleen Oliphant '51 passes on some thoughts of what she has learned throughout her life such as......

    "I've learned that whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed." or
    "I've learned that
depression is merely anger without enthusiasm."

Be sure to have your sound turned on. Very pretty music accompanies the poem.

 As We matured [MORE]

Colleen Oliphant '51

Betty Ellsworth '60

An Olde Irish Wish

May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow
May the soft winds freshen your spirit
May the sunshine brighten your heart
May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you
And may God enfold you in the mantle of His love.




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Bill Voos (’48)
Sandy Gibbons(’57)
JoAnn Williams (’60)

Mary Kay Parker '56 - President
Jim Shaw '45 - Sec/Treasurer

Welhisco Alumni
P.O. Box 774
O'Fallon, MO 63366

Phone  636-978-5771
Fax 636-696-4693

[email protected]






On your next "I Hated My Job!" day, remember this:

On your way home from work, stop at your pharmacy and go to the thermometer section and purchase a rectal thermometer made by Johnson & Johnson. Be very sure you get ONLY this brand. When you get home, sit in your favorite chair.

Open the package, remove the thermometer and carefully place it on a table or a surface so that it will not become chipped or broken. Now the fun part begins. Take the literature out of the box and read it carefully.

You will notice that in small print there is a statement: 'Every Rectal Thermometer made by Johnson & Johnson is personally tested and then sanitized.' Now, close your eyes and repeat aloud five times, 'I am so glad I did not work in the thermometer quality control department at Johnson & Johnson.'



A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband
is not in their bed.

She puts on her robe and goes downstairs
to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table
with a cup of coffee in front him. He appears deep in
thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he
wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of coffee.

"What's the matter, dear?" she whispers as she steps into
the room. "Why are you down here at this time of night?"
The husband looks up, "Do you remember 20 years ago
when we were dating, and you were only 17?" he asks solemnly.

The wife is touched thinking her husband is so caring
and sensitive. "Yes, I do," she replies.

The husband pauses. The words are not coming easily.
"Do you remember when you father caught us in the back
seat of my car?" "Yes, I remember," says the wife, lowering
herself into a chair beside him.

The husband continues..."Do you remember when he
shoved a shotgun in my face and said, "Either you marry
my daughter, or I will send you to jail for 20 years".

"I remember that too", she replies softly.
He wipes another tear from his cheek and says...
"I would have gotten out today!"
One day, a man came home and was greeted by his wife dressed in a very sexy nightie. 'Tie me up,' she purred, 'and you can do anything you want.'

So he tied her up and went golfing.