February, 2007


 Rebecca Allen (’65)
Who became a
first-time Great Grandma

Cain O’Connor (’65) holds Grandson  Aidan-Cain
18 months old.

Cain recently retired after 35 years of teaching and coaching. Cain resides in the KC area.

Sandy Gibbons ‘57
"Missing  Classmates"
Help us find them

New Webmaster

Bob Haefner (’49), Camille Mohow (’48)

 Bob Haefner (’49) agreed to take over the task of Webmaster from Larry Brown’63).
   After retiring as Manager of Information from Venture Stores in St. Louis Bob and his wife June (Camille) started and ran a small print shop in Ellisville until early 1999, when they sold their business, retiring (again), moving to Lee's Summit, MO. While operating the print shop for over 11 years, Bob & June made extensive uses of the computers in the design, printing and typesetting and publishing field, expanding services to providing support for customers and their web sites, web based stores, as well as business pages and mail systems.

 To keep busy and active Bob buys, restores
and sells antique British cars as a hobby as well as doing Genealogy / History or family
and many, many friends for over 40 years.
Bob still maintains a couple of commercial websites for some old customers of the Print shop.

Bob in 1949

Bob no longer carries keys to open a store, and never wears a watch...and he doesn’t plan on changing his life style. Bob and June are both enjoying retirement, being grandparents, plus baby and dog sitting.
   email:     WWW Web Wrencher

Sandy Gibbons ’57
Joins Flashlight Staff

"Bob Hill Anderson must have taught me something useful," says Sandy Gibbons ('57). While her all time favorite job was being the Special Events Coordinator and Assistant P.R. Director for Famous-Barr Co. for 11 years, Sandy has been a newswoman for even longer. She didn't begin college until she was 50 but using experiences on the Flashlight staff and the Florissant Reporter, she, through odd circumstances, became editor of Donnelly newspapers, The Citizen and The County Star.  Sandy was a feature writer, ‘Entertaining at home’ columnist covered Ferguson, Florissant,

 Berkeley and Black Jack for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. After 26 months in Jefferson City as Public Relations, Missouri Division of Tourism, Sandy returned to a life of free lance writing for regional and national publications. A non-denominational minister, Sandy has performed over 625 weddings in 3 states and Italy.



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Harold Hatridge ’60 with
wife Judy Lambert ‘61
enjoying Reunion 2006

65 & Over: Please Read
: Check with your local city hall to see if you’re eligible
for a tax rebate on utility bills. Most cities are now refunding  $125.00 to $150.00 per year.

Remember, this is
one of our benefits of being in what is known as our “Golden Years


Currently, FLASHLIGHTS are being sent by email only. If you would like a copy to print,  email us and we can send you a printable version. Please share your copy with others who do not have

Letters to the Editor:
Hello Fellow Wellstoneers :
     I haven't been able to get to the reunions but I've enjoyed the photos and articles in the Flashlight and on the web site. Thanks.
As some of you know: I live in New York and I'm still doing what I did in school. A little theater and visual arts: painting, photography and multi media work . I have recently moved to Brooklyn, from Manhattan and would like to update my address and contact info. Here is the most recent photo I have:    . . . .  Rest of the Story

    The Flashlight is really good and very informative. Since my visit to St Louis I have been contacted by many of my classmates. We’re in contact by writing either by E-mail, snail-mail, and/or phone. It sure makes my day when I can talk to someone I had completely lost contact with many years ago. Again thanks so much for this added pleasure. Its Christmas every day now . Colleen Ollinphant ‘51

The new Flashlight format is really nice. I enjoy reading it each month. Did you know Ms. Niles also knew Leonard Nemoy (Mr. Spock)? He came to our school to do a rendition of “The Creation”. I’m not sure what year this happened in but it was the year I had American Lit. He also visited our classroom that day. He came without his ears!                                                                LOL   Donna Hagan ‘68

Sorry, I couldn't make this year's school reunion because I had to work, but, God willing I should make the next one. I do like your e-mail format and read what you have published. It is convenient and informative. Please keep up the same procedure, (jokes included).                                         Thanks,   Steve Maassen ‘60

When I got my 5x7 photos they were too dark. The photographer has reprinted them. If other classmates had the same problem, they can notify the photographer for reprints.                                                             Terry Franklin ‘64
This is much easier to read! Thanks for doing it this way. Have a great New Year.
 I hope to see everyone at the next reunion.        Linda Hopen ‘63

Do you think comments from alumni about a "favorite teacher", "most memorable moments", "what I'm doing now"and "hobbies and other interests" might be interesting, even if one hasn't done or is doing anything outstanding?     Barb Hill ‘59  

What a FUN and exciting idea!  Send YOUR story in with pictures, etc so we can let others know where you've been the last
40-50-60 years!!!
   Enjoy reading about Bruce Eyster and his life by clicking the "Rest of Story" link on page 4!!     Who'll be featured NEXT?

Interesting and Fun Websites
      Many of our classmates are Vet's, Dean Cole(67') sent in the website for the VFW webpage.  Visit the website of any post or state by going to: http://www.vfwwebcom.org   Pick your state and post number. The post which Dean belongs to is http://www.vfwwebcom.org/mo/post5327

      You were there! Sent by Bob Haefner (’49) (copy and paste into your browser) http://objflicks.com/WhenLifewasInBlack&White.htm

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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 whom you might know the whereabouts of (dead or alive) please email us the information or have them contact us. As you will see there’s only a few classes who have a lot missing. Most classes had someone who took the initiative to keep their class list current. This is not an easy task to undertake but does make it easier for the reunion committee.   Check all the classes. There might be someone’s brother, sister, aunt, uncle, parents or even neighbors on the list. The list spans 30 years. MISSING ALUMNI

Classmates Remembered

Virginia Caudle (’43)
Passed 1/12/07 complications from

Elizabeth Orrock (’43)
Passed 12/31/06 from congestive
heart failure

Austin Barnett (’42)
Passed 12/29/06 from complications
of a Massive stroke

Murray Ellis (’48)
passed 1/12/07 from Lung Cancer

Matilda Brophy (’53)
Passed 1/20/07 from Cancer

Betty Lou Sutter (’48)
Passed 1/18/07 from heart failure

Classmate Remembered:   Austin Barnett was my neighbor, and father to Freddy ‘65 & Jerry ‘67. They lived 2 doors from us on Spencer. One day when I was in the fifth grade I’d torn my leg open on a cyclone fence. My Mom had just gotten home from the hospital; my Daddy was at still at work. I’d walked down to their house with my leg all ripped open when Mr. Barnett rushed me to their Doctor in U City. He carried me up a full flight of steps so the doctor could stitch me up.
     Audie (or Dewey) also served on the school board. Look in 60 yearbook – he’s in the front, D.A Barnett. I use to baby sit for their kids too. His wife, Florine, lives in O'Fallon but visited her husband in the VA home in Bellefontaine Neighbors every day.   -   Carol Beeman ‘60

Class ’47 and ’48 Gals Alumni Luncheon

The ladies from ’47 and ’48 get together each spring and fall.  If you would like to join them contact Betty (Smith) Shaw 636-379-4576.

Left to right: Lorraine Roche, June Oswald, Margy Grady, Betty Smith, and Norma Edwards.  They’d love to have others join them in the spring!  Give Betty a call!!

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Bruce Eyster – 2007


Bruce Eyser - 1965

Drama was one of those electives in high school which some believed would be an easy A" and possibly fun. Bruce Eyster, class of '65, made the most of it. He took Keith Wilson’s class seriously, picked up his Drama letter and ran with it.  Double click here to read his account of
his life in the theatre and art.  Click Here for:    The "Rest of the Story"
1947 (fall) Football Squad

1947 Football Squad - Bottom row, L to R: Wm. Roberts, Murray Ellis, Robt. Ferris, Norman Siebern, Robt. Brooks, August Niewald, Chas. Oellermann, Rich. Purviance, Russell Stagner, Rich. Jennerjohn. Row 2: Edw. Glover, Harry Cary, Don Baker, Robt. Ziegler, Bob Urberger, Pat O'Conner, Chas. Swindle, Melvin Price, Al Lloyd, Robt. Brink, Roy Wren. Back Row: Bill Voos, Levy Swindle, Leon Payton, Eugene Moses, Don Blume, Bob H. Smith, Jim Currall, Robert R. Smith, Larry Brown, Geo. La Vallee, Bob Grenier.                        Photo by John Myrick

1947 was a rebuilding year for the Wellston football team following the graduation of many of the stars of the 1946 regular season undefeated county championship team.  Still, despite winning only against Brentwood 25-0 and St. Charles 7-6, the 1947 Trojans worked and played hard all season, losing to county champion Webster Groves by only 19-12 in a hard fought game.

    Sharp passing and fine running quarterback Bob Grenier and hard hitting fullback Robert R. Smith sparked the Trojan offense.
    Letters were awarded to: Co-Captain Bob Grenier, Co-Captain Charles Oellermann, Larry Brown, Don Baker, Don Blume, Jim Currall, Ed Glover, Rich Jennerjohn, Geo Lavalle, Al Lloyd, Leon Payton, Bob H. Smith, Levy Swindle, Dick Purviance, Bob R. Smith, Bob Urberger, Bill Voos, Roy Wren and Bob Ziegler.

Freshman Team, Fall 1956    (Class of 1960)

ROW ONE:  Himmelmann, Cole, J.Daniels, Hatridge, Ostendorf, Coyle, Morgan, James.
ROW TWO:  Hardy, Walker, Stephens, Nelson, Handshy, Mueller, Collier, Benkowich. ROW THREE: Bollinger, Oellermann, Roam, Turner, S. Watson, Mason, McFall, Coach Drosche



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

Circulation Editor &
Web Master
Bob Haefner (’49)

Larry Brown (’63)
Wanda (Cornman) Hydar (’60)JoAnn (Williams) Croce (’60)

WHS Reunion
P.O. Box 81
Washington, MO 63090

Phone  636-978-5771
Fax 636-696-4693
[email protected]


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High School Reunion     
      My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion. I kept staring at this drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table. My wife asks,
 "Do you know her?"  


Yes," I sighed, "She's my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been sober since."
  My God!" says my wife, "Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long!"

Fred & Ethel     
One night, a torrential rain soaked the Missouri River bottoms. The next morning the resulting floodwaters came up about 6 feet into most of the homes there including the home of two alumni.
    Mrs. Alumni was sitting on her roof with her neighbor, Ethel, waiting for help to come. Mrs. Alumni noticed a baseball cap, floating near the house. Then she saw it float far out into the front yard, then float back to the house; it kept floating away from the house, then back towards the house. Her curiosity got the best of her, so she asked Ethel, "Do you see that there baseball cap a floatin' away from the house, then back again?"
    Ethel said, "Oh yeah, that's my husband Fred; I told that lazy bum that he had to cut the grass today, come hell or high water."

About Growing Old
1) Eventually we’ll reach a point when we stop lying about our age and start bragging about it.
2) The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
3) Some people try turning back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know
“why” I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.
4) When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to your youth, think Algebra.
5) You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
6) I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
7) One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice
change from being young.
8) One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
9) Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
10) Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called
witchcraft. Today it’s called golf.
And finally, if we don’t learn to laugh at trouble, we won’t have anything to laugh
at when we’re old.

Email address not needed to access website!
Spread the word. Check it often!! Lots of changes & updating going on!!
Those without computers or email addresses can now access Flashlight Newsletters.
All they have to do is use one of their children’s (or grandchild’s)
computers or go to their local library logging on to the WHS website
. There’s
no reason why everyone can’t to keep up with all school news now.

Send in Your Story!

Let us know where you’ve been and what you’ve done with your life.  Everyone loves a good story – what better reading then about someone you know!!
Need some Hints?   . .Make a list similar to this. Send it to your classmates for ideas.     Click here for sample story ideas ca 1940s..then make yours!