Welhisco Alumni Newsletter

AUGUST, 2008   


Trojan Head designed by  
Kermit Ruyle '47


Association Members without Internet service to receive Flashlight news letters!

When sending in dues, many alumni added additional money to the $10.00 dues. Because of their generosity, members without Internet access will be able to receive flashlights MONTHLY instead of twice a year as originally planned

Because of the support of so many and the extra money, we will be able to mail a newsletter until the end of 2008. Hopefully, we will be able to continue in 2009. This will depend on the Membership drive for 2009.

Those who joined in July are highlighted in RED
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14 Months until Reunion 2009

Where was Your favorite store on Easton?
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St. Louis, MO


Along the banks of the Mississippi River, a St. Louis icon, Gateway Arch, frames another, the historic Old Courthouse, both part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park

America's Gateway to the West, St. Louis began as a French trading post on the west bank of the Mississippi River near its confluence with the Missouri.

Lewis and Clark set out from here in 1804 to explore the Louisiana Territory, and countless pioneers passed through St. Louis for the trek west across the Oregon and Santa Fe trails.

The steamboat's arrival in 1817 established the brash frontier town as a major port and, for a time, the largest U.S. city west of Pittsburgh.

After decades of decline, downtown
St. Louis is on an upswing, with a new baseball stadium for the beloved Cardinals; the revitalized Washington Avenue Loft District; and a brand-new entertainment quarter, the Bottle District, which is scheduled to start opening some time next year.

Time line of Events

1764 Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau establish a fur-trading settlement on the Mississippi's west bank and name it St. Louis for King Louis IX of France.

1804 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark depart from St. Louis to explore the Louisiana Territory, newly acquired from France by President Thomas Jefferson for $15 Million.

1817 The steamboat Zebulon M. Pike docks in St. Louis, ushering in an era of river traffic up and down the Mississippi and the city's heyday as a major inland port.

1849 A cholera epidemic kills 4,100 people. A fire aboard a steamship spreads to the city, destroying 15 blocks.

1860 Eberhard Anheuser buys a brewery in South St. Louis that will become the beer-making giant Anheuser-Busch.

1904 St. Louis hosts both the world's fair - the Louisiana Purchase Exposition and the Olympic Games.

1927 Backed by St. Louis businessmen, Charles Lindbergh makes the first nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis.

1965 The symbol of St. Louis, the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch, designed by Eero Saarinen, is completed.

2004 St. Louis celebrates the the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition and the centennial of the 1904 Worlds Fair and Olympic Games
2004 The St. Louis Cardinals play their first game in the new Busch Stadium and go on to win the World Series.

Thanks for the stories and especially everyone's support of our Flashlight Newsletter



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Vintage Photos From the Shoe Box!


 We'll post them online.

How do you store your pictures?   Framing, scrap-booking 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.) Send in your shoebox photo's so they can be shared with everyone.

Pictures from the Shoe Box

Circa 1915
Business owner names added from a 1914 Gould's City Directory
Notice hats or caps on the men, women's millinery.
Details in the enlargement is excellent...you can see the pick and sledge
hammer clearly next to the street worker on the right. The Coca Cola sign is legible also.

Three Other Wellston's Exist!

     Wellston, Ohio                                    
Wellston, Ohio. Founded in 1873 by Harvey Wells as an iron and coal producing center. This southeastern Ohio city has grown, developing its own character as a close-knit hometown, yet willing to embrace new opportunities. [MORE]
          Wellston, OK
Wellston, Oklahoma was named by St. Francis of Assisi, who established a trading post on the site in 1883. The post office officially opened September 19, 1884.   [More]     

Click the picture to enlarge

Wellston, MI
"The finest in year round Recreation!"
   Wellston, Steel Head Capitol of Michigan. We have the finest year round recreation available.  Come enjoy the activities. Bike, hike, canoe/kayak, swim, fish, hunt, search for mushrooms, ski, snowmobile, along with much more, or just relax in the peace and quiet of nature.   [MORE]





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Alumnae & Alumni News and Comments:

"61 Tony Busalacchi '

'61Tony Busalacchi's grandson,Santino, wants to become president of the United States some day. His mother Tracy, (Tony's daughter) says her son is obsessed with U.S. presidents, having all 43 president portraits displayed in his bedroom.

Santino visits his local library once a week where he checks out books on the presidents or related subjects. He knows even the most minor details and can name any president whose picture is pointed out to him. His story was printed in the St. Charles Journal. Read the rest of the story:[MORE]



 Shirley '65 and Jack ''62

Jack Jeffries'62 and Shirley Dawes '65 announce the birth of their second grandchild, Barret Chance, born July 1st at 11:30pm.  Barret weighed 7.25 lbs (exactly 3 lbs lighter than his big sister), being 19.5 inches long. 

Grandma and Grandpa are recovering nicely.


I really enjoy the Flashlight, particularly the local history, the teachers biographies and stories on Wellston's architecture. It's nice taking a trip back into history.

It would be great if alumni would write some funny stories about events, pranks, growing experiences or other events that happen to them while going to Wellston H.S.
Carol Garrett '63 
(Carol's away on vacation, unable to share a now pic)
I'm not sure anybody remembers me, I was rather shy (I made up for that in the following years!). I don't know if anybody knows (or cares) what I did with my life after Wellston. I graduated from Washington University with a degree in Fine Arts, and a major in fashion design. I was a shoe designer for 20 years. When we moved to Florida I was designing Capezio in Italy and Spain. (I was probably the first shoe designer in America with an education. There were a few others, but mostly nice ladies with a flair, most shoes were copied from Europe) 
Joan Thoss class '49
. (Joan is the daughter of Charlie Thoss)

That was the beginning......read the rest of the story [MORE]

Please be sure to share your Flashlight with those who do not have access to the Internet service.

Printable August Flashlight [MORE]

Piggly Wiggly Customers


Piggly Wiggly was kind of a front runner for Shop ‘N Save, Save A Lot and other discount groceries we have now. Many families from the Wellston area would shop in the store on Easton Ave. It was one of the larger grocery stores in our area offering many sale items.


I rememember my mom buying hamburger 3 pounds for a dollar. She would fix  many different meals off that 3 pounds. It would last our family for most of the week. Eating in a restruant was NEVER an option!   [MORE] on the history of Piggle Wiggly




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alumni news and projects

Jim Chapman '60, AKA "Santa"  to the Red Shirt's (girls from '60 - 61 classes, mostly) since Reunion 2003.  Jim is  the ONLY man ever to have been invited to the ladies luncheons!  The girls have always celebrated his July Birthday with him (and his wife, Doretta Atkins '61) at one of his favorite places to eat lunch, Applebee's.

Happy 66th Birthday Santa!

Hi, I remember going roller skating at Lindy Ball room in 1948-49. Also, Roy Queen played country music there on Saturday night. He was on the radio for a furniture store on Union Blvd at the time. I also skated in Pine Lawn, the best I can remember it was called "Hodges"
Marie Cole '52

Some other famous people to perform at the Lindy Ballroom were PATSY CLINE and Little Jimmy Dickens. My claim to fame is when I sang on stage with Patsy Cline. I was with my Dad. He told Patsy that I could sing (if you want to call it that). She called me up on the stage and we actually sang together. I was only about ten or eleven (I think.)  We called it the "New Lindy Ballroom." back then.  Why? I don't know. Patsy is still one of my favorite performers. We spend our winters in South Texas every year. The park we stay at has a performer from Canada who gives Patsy Cline shows during the Winter season.  She is "terrific."    Peggy Taylor '57

In the early 50's the New Lindy Hall had a teen town dance every Wednesdays and Saturdays. Johnny Rion or Roy Queens band hosted the dance. My other favorite place on that corner was Bennett's grill. We used to eat lunch there when we could sneak out of school. They actually put chains on the doors at lunch time so we couldn't leave school. My father and Don Henson's father had the chains removed as they were a safety hazard iif there were a fire. Larry Wright '57


The age of Innocence:

Remembering my first job at Norwood Hills Country Club as a caddy: When being interviewed for the job, they asked if I had any experience. Of course I didn't, but I was able to convince the interviewer I did and got the job. My first day, I caddied for this rich and very famous dance studio owner, Ray Quinlan. We were all on the first green, the first golfer putts for a birdie, missing the hole. He marked his ball with a dime before picking it up. "Honest Abe" me comes walking by. I see the dime just laying there on the ground. Trying to make a good impression, I stoop down picking it up, asking "Hey, who lost the dime?" oops~  John McGlasson '55

I really enjoy reading the news from the website. I'm finding out about all the people I have thought about over the years. My favorite, my homeroom teacher, Lance Williams. Hats off to all of you for getting this together. I loved the time at Wellston High. Erlene Reese '54

I enjoyed the info about Robert Grenier, reading his story in the July Flashlight. He was one of the upper classmen I held in high esteem. Bob was always very friendly. I think I have mention before he was an outstanding quarterback at WHS. He also played one or two seasons with the St. Louis Knights semi pro football team. It would be neat to find out more about his football activities after WSH and how he spent his life. Dave Cannady '51.


61 Janice Clark's granddaughter, Brooke graduated with honors and a 4.2 GPA in June. Brooke was a member of the National Honor Society in 2006-2008 and one of 20 HS students chosen for the Partners Program at Lexington Medical Center for the summer of 2007.

Brooke, (like her grandmother) served as a Varsity Cheerleader plus she was on a competition squad, qualifying for state all four years, coming in 4th the last year.
Brooke is the recipient of the South Carolina Life Scholarship and Presbyterian College Cheerleading Scholarship. She will major in Biology.  Janice says she's looking forward to seeing her classmates and friends at Reunion 2009!.


My memories of Piggly Wiggly starts around '35 or '36. The store in Wellston was the first help yourself grocery store. Their motto was "Piggle Wiggle Help -Yourself". I remember my dad saying he and my mother couldn't carry home what $2.00 would buy. They had to take my wagon to carry it all home!  After they closed, A&P took the store over. Jimmy Russell worked there. Jimmy, Tom Glover and I use to run together quite a bit. About 10 years ago, we were in St. Genevieve, MO where there was a Piggly Wiggly. 

Does anyone ever hear anything from Wally Verseman? We used to run together also but I haven't heard anything about him for years. This is all I can think at this time. Bill Brausksieker '45

Flashlight Editor Assumes New Leadership Role

Bill Voos, Class of 1948 and an editor of the Flashlight, was recently elected president of the IUPUI Senior Academy, the Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis organization for retired faculty and staff. The academy has approximately 300 members and offers an active program, including support services for the University, student scholarships, cultural programs for members of the community and social, travel and other educational activities for its members, providing opportunities for them to maintain ties with the campus and with fellow retirees.

Bill retired in 1995 as Dean and Professor Emeritus of Indiana University’s Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI and served as Vice-President of the Senior Academy for the past two years. With involvement in a variety of activities, Bill says he is busier now than before retirement, with no possibility of ever being bored.






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 alumni news

Taken from 1942 sweater

From 1942 Sweater


The Embassy Suites will start accepting reservations for the Reunion 2009 weekend, October 2, 3, and 4, 2009 (1) year prier to  the date. (Wrong info was given before.)

When making reservations be sure to mention you're attending Wellston High Reunion for a special rate of $124.00 + tax per night. Reservations may be made anytime AFTER October 2, 2008.


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, Picnic luncheon will be at the American legion Hall, Post 312, 2500 Raymond Drive, in St. Charles, very close to the Convention Center.

Take a short survey helping them plan events you're interested in.     Click Here to take the survey  

Sunday Picnic
American Legion Hall

Lots of room here to socialize, dine, and look at tons of memorabilia at the American Legion Hall!

Embassy Suite
St. Charles, MO


Book of the Month

The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs

(50 pages of easy, informative reading)
Review by Mary Treadway '65

A great morning drink to pick you up is lemonade

The purpose of the lemonade diet is to dissolve and eliminate toxins that have formed in any part of your body.

·        To cleanse the kidneys and the digestive system.

·        To purify the glands and cells throughout the entire body.

·        To eliminate all unusable waste and hardened material in the joints and muscles.

·        To relieve pressure and irritation in the nerves, arteries, and blood vessels.

·        To build a healthy blood stream.

·        To keep youth and elasticity regardless of our years. 

View complete lemonade diet [MORE]

Thank you for the emails confirming interest in a health book review column.

Any questions, comments please email:[email protected]

Next months Review: answers the question: 
Should you put stuff on your skin you wouldn’t eat?



 On David Cannady's '51 76th birthday he celebrated it by doing a 'fantasy' game hunt in Durango, CO. On the left shows him with a bear and cougar kill. Below shows him on a 'White Water Rafting" trip. The bear and cougar are stuffed.... the water, rocks, boat and people are real.


Thanks to the support from our alumni, we are now able to mail the monthly Flashlight to our association members (without Internet access) till at least the end of 2008. If the 2009 membership drive is as successful as this year's we will be able to continue mailing them each, month instead of just twice a year.

So many of our members use the Internet to view the Flashlight, cutting printing and postage cost, making it possible for members without email to enjoy reading the same news, keeping everyone updated.

If you would like to join the association or know of an alumni without Internet access who would like to join please print the coupon below and follow the directions. Remember, it's only $10.00 yearly (per household) from January to December, not prorated. Alumni who send in extra with this years dues will be credited next year towards their dues. We appreciate your generosity.

Coupon to mail in your dues, click here: coupon  with instructions where to mail your dues to.




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Sent in by Alumni




A time to say good buy: double click --> Where have they gone:


Can you guess what this mystery picture is of?

Clues: It's located in St. Louis
          It's part of a major attraction
          People from all over the world have seen it

         Double click picture to enlarge


Answer on page 8


                                                                                  Disappearing Milkman

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 1950, over half of the milk delivered was to the home in quart bottles, by 1963, it was about a third and by 2001, it represented only 0.4% percent. Nowadays most milk is sold through supermarkets in gallon jugs. The steady decline in home-delivered milk is blamed, of course, on the rise of the supermarket, better home refrigeration and longer-lasting milk. Although some milkmen still make the rounds in pockets of the U.S., they are certainly a dying breed.
· Full Post on the Milkman




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Len Hagedorn '67

Where in the World is Leonard Hagedorn '67?
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 had someone who took the initiative to keeping 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

Tom Sloan '66
Passed 7/7/08
Liver Failure
Guest Book

Jack Husted '42
Passed 7/17/08
Guest Book

Jerry Carty '66
Passed 5/17/08

Condolences to: 
65 Diane Clark in the loss of her husband Tom Sloan '66 on 7/7/08 Guest Book
Kenneth and '43 Gene Husted in the loss of their brother Jack 7/17/08  Guest Book


 Hello! My name is Hal and I lived the Jennings area when I was growing up.

I worked in Wellston, which I've learned was one of the busiest shopping centers in the United States from 1930's until late 1950's. Unfortunately, the area has fallen upon hard times, becoming an urban ghost town. In its glory days Wellston was a place of excitement, a place where it was possible for dreams could come true. I wasn't the only student working in Wellston through the World War II years and into the 1950's.


Although I don't recall your names, I know we met at one time or another. Perhaps you were washing store windows or sweeping the sidewalks, window shopping or having lunch at one of the counters at a five and dime. Perhaps you went to Wellston HS, Normandy HS, or one of the other local schools. This e-mail is to you, asking you to share your personal experiences of working and growing up in one of the businesses in Wellston. Don't let those memories fade - lets share them while we still can.    Hal 
See where Hal worked and read some of Hal's memories

Wagner Electric closed its doors the spring of 1983. To this day a group of employees STILL get together twice a year -  once in August, again in December. They've done this for years. Nothing advertised - all by the word of mouth. Anyone who has worked for Wagner is welcome to join. Contact Jerry Blankenship 636-463-2128 or JoAnn Croce 636-978-9330 for more information The meetings are held at St. Rita's hall, corner of Hanley and Page. See ya there!!




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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  636-696-4693

[email protected]


Tram going up to top of the Arch, Downtown St. Louis

WAlumni who gave their lives for our freedom
Remember Them Always









The Burglar and Jesus

A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables; and when he picked up a CD player to place in his sack, a strange, disembodied voice echoed from the dark saying, 'Jesus is watching you.'

He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze.  When he heard nothing more after a bit, he shook his head, promised himself a vacation after the next big score, then clicked the light on and began searching for more valuables.

Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, Clear as a bell he heard, 'Jesus is watching you.' Freaked out, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice

Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.

Did you say that?' he hissed at the parrot.

'Yep,' the parrot confessed, then squawked, 'I'm just trying to warn you.'

The burglar relaxed. 'Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?'

'Moses,' replied the bird.

'Moses?' the burglar laughed.  'What kind of people would name a bird Moses?'

'The kind of people that would name a Rottweiler Jesus.'

Golden Retriever: The sun is shining. The day is young. We've got our whole lives ahead of us. And you're inside worrying about a stupid, burned-out light bulb?

Border Collie: Just one. Not only that, but I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.

Dachshund: I can't reach the stupid lamp!

Toy Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.

Rottweiler: Go Ahead! Make me!

Shi-tzu: Puh-leeze, dah-ling.  What are servants for?

Lab: Oh, me, me!!!  Pleeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I?  Can I?  Huh?  Huh?  Can I?

Malamute: Let the Border collie do it.  You can feed me while he's busy.

Doberman Pinscher: While it's dark, I'm going to sleep on the couch.

Mastiff: Mastiffs are NOT afraid of the dark.


Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb.

Pointer: I see it, there it is, right there...

Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?

Australian Shepherd: Put all the light bulbs in a little circle...

Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? Light bulb? That thing I just ate was a light bulb?