July, 2007


Trojan Head designed by   Kermit Ruyle '47


Table of Contents

  • Page 2
    National Bank 
    ND Carnival
  • Page 3
    Where in the World
    Classmates Remember
    Letters to the Editor
  • Page 4
    What am I doing?
    50th Wedding Anniv
    Golfing Trip
  • Page 5
    Missing List

    Please pray for the safe return of our troops  


    From the River Front Times: "There's nothing fast about yelling into a scratched-up speaker box from your car window, repeatedly asking, "I'm sorry, say that again? What? Did you get all that?" What then comes forth from the pick-up window minutes later really doesn't resemble food; sometimes it's so borderline palatable it makes you wish you'd decided to fast instead. Which is why we love Chuck-A-Burger. An actual person—a cute, polite teenager decked out in a red-and-white carhop uniform—jots down your order with pen and paper and runs it back to the kitchen (visible from your front dash), where it's filled in speedy, splendid fashion. Burgers are cooked to order on a stainless-steel flat-top and emerge full of real-meat flavor, complemented by fresh, crisp, hand-cut toppings of lettuce, tomato and onion. Also available are catfish sandwiches, cushy and delicious beef tamales, Coney Island dogs, vanilla Cokes and malts—fast food with 1950s flair, which is as it should be, seeing as how the north-county location has been in business since 1957. Once upon a time eight Chuck-A-Burgers operated throughout the St. Louis area. Click to view The St. Charles outpost, which debuted last year, marks the first re-expansion of the brand. Here's hoping the resurrection continues."

    "This is where you went to meet your buddies or to take your girlfriend, sit in the parking lot drinking a cherry coke," Ron Stille said. "On Friday or Saturday night you'd cruise around in your '57 Chevy before you went to a drive-in movie or after the movie." Eventually, all the other Chuck-A-Burgers closed except the one on the Rock Road which has survived for 50 years under the Stille Family leadership. 

    In the 70s business dropped due to new fast food chains moving in. They needed something unique to bring the crowds back. In 1982 Ralph and his son Ron created 'cruise night' on the weekends, making it a meeting place for classic cars, carhops, and the 50s and 60s music. So, if you want to take a trip to the past, hear the oldies music, see some pretty neat cars and maybe an old friend like Les Schwenk ('60) and his
    backward '65 GTO....Click to View , then stop by Chuck-A-Burger on a Friday. Carhops are waiting there to serve you. View upcoming events.

    Chuck-A-burger has been featured in the St. Louis Magazine for Cheap Eating:
    September 7th (one day only), prices will roll back to .57 for a burger, celebrating their 50th anniversary - on December 31st this famous restaurant will close forever in St. Johns because they lost their lease - from then on, everyone will meet in St. Charles (Elm just east of 370)  making new memories.


    The Fourth of July isn't only about pausing to remember our important history... it's also about having fun, being creative, and celebrating with friends and family. Here are some great ways to help you get into the holiday spirit. Click Here

    Tune into A Capitol Fourth on PBS, July 4 at 8:00 pm ET (check local listings) for America's national Independence celebration in Washington, D.C

    Enjoy the riverfront seeing fireworks plus other attractions July 3 & 4th.  Chick here for a schedule of activities



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     Lee Erwin '57
    Retired in February after 44 years of Christian ministry -  30 of which were spent at his last church - First Christian Church of Sierra Vista, AZ. He's currently working part-time at a local funeral home and thoroughly enjoying retirement.



    Joy Grogan

    HAPPY 4TH!!


    Special event, trip, or maybe a hobby that's interesting?  Send it to us so we can share it with other alumni.

    Click to Email us



     $10.00 Bill  printed in


    Century Home:  A 1 story, 3 bedroom, 1 bath (1,365 s/f) home, built in 1909, sold for $7,958.00 on 4/2003, $10,000 on 5/2004 then $65,000 on 1/07. Isn't it refreshing to see the preservation of a home which is almost a century old still standing in a neighborhood amongst homes in an area that either have been torn down or need to be torn down. This property is located at 6153 Wagner Ave:  east of Mortin Avenue Click Here
    Joy Grogan, a freelance writer for The Beacon, Summersville's (Mo) local newspaper, wrote a very interesting article about her memories of living in Wellston which appeared in May 30th edition of her paper Click Here to read the rest of her story.
      Have you lost your yearbooks during a move or did the dog eat them? You can order replacement copies on CD/ DVD for only $18.00, including postage.

    Years available - 1939 to 1968.

    All proceeds go to WHS-Reunion Fund for future Reunions

    For more information Click HERE


    The Notre Dame parish had a summer carnival every year which was their primary fund raiser and good time for all. There were no rides in those years, just a number of game booths, food stands and, of course, Lotto, (known today as Bingo). The adult ladies played in the school hall while the men had the Poker Stand and Big Wheel (spinning wheel). These were essentially gambling games which the police simply turned a blind eye to. Most of the other stands were set up for the whole family but mostly for the kids like a fish tank - throwing a baseball to knock down milk bottles - ring toss - penny toss into cups - roll big ball to stop in colored cups - cake walk - quilt raffle - etc. All these games had typical carnival prizes from trinkets to stuffed animals. The food and refreshment stands were always good, too. Every year after the war (WW2), they raffled off a car. There were hourly attendance prizes. All booths were rented from a carnival supply company, but were manned by the people of the parish. It was really a great time and fun for all in a period coming out of WW2 and during the Korean War. Tom Duffy, '55, who attended Notre Dame, said "Maybe in later years they may have gone to some small rides, but that would have been after I married in 1957 and moved away."

    More comments in the Letter to the Editor section:



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    Where in the World is Larry Peacock? (Class of '59)
    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 are only a few classes that 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
    Theresa O'Connor, ('63) had writen a poem to our deceased alumni.  Click the link to read.

    Patt (Martha) Moll '42
    Passed 6/1/07
    Welhisco Dance Queen
    Sign Guest Book


    Luke Hoskins '46
    passed 6/08/07
    Student Body President,
    Sign Guest Book


    For those who are unable to attend a wake and/or funeral but would like to share a story or send condolences to the family, now available online, is a Guest Book where we can sign helping to celebrate the life of our friend and alumni. Click the 'Guest Book' link under the picture and follow the instructions. The book will be available online for 30 days after their death.

    I received a beautiful necklace from the LUNATICS of 1965.  I would like to send a Thank You note.  Can you tell me where to send it?? Donna Ijames '65  Editors note: Hey guys, the gals want to say 'Thanks' for their necklaces.  Let us know where they can send the notes.
    I would like to know if anyone has memories of the Highlands Theme Park and if they could share those with us some time? I remember being in sixth grade (1961-62). Those were the best years of my life when we lived in Wellston from kindergarten till moving in 1962 to St. Charles.  I lost all of my friends from Wellston and would really like to hear from any one who can remember those years, and me, Judy Blake. My addy is [email protected] Thanks. I really enjoy the Flashlight and look forward to reading it each month.  Judy Blake - (Class '66)

    NOTE FROM EDITOR: Judy, here's a link (Click Here) which gives a little history on the Highlands. However, there's a whole section dedicated to the Highlands on the WHS website Click Here  plus a lot of other fun things to check out. A reminder, everyone should check the WHS website often as it's always being updated with new and exciting things.


    I just read Sandy Gibbons' editorial piece on Miss Niles.  She was my favorite as well.  She was truly an educated sophisticated lady and made a deep impression on me.  I only saw her once after graduation but wish I could have known her better and longer.  I DID take Miss Carrie McCann's Latin class.  She, too, was a well-disciplined, educated lady.  She came across as hardnosed and sometimes mean.  However, she was a softy at heart.  I learned English grammar in her Latin class.  I also remember going to her home when she had us there for Latin Club.  As a freshman I was in awe.  She and Miss Niles were up on my pedestal.                Lee Erwin - '57

    I remember the Notre Dame Carnivals very well. Usually each year Mom got several pairs of pillowcases for us girls (my sister Catherine Pelikan Molini, my deceased sister Cecilia Pelikan McDevitt, and I) to embroider and then crochet an edging around for the booth run, I believe, by the Mothers' Club.  I recall helping set up the posters for booths on the afternoon before the Carnival began, and then helping put things away the following Sunday afternoon. My dad usually helped with the Poker Booth, and my brother Joe Martin was with the Boy Scouts in their booth.  It really was a family-involved affair for us!  Like Tom Duffy (I was in his class all from Kindergarten through 4 years of High School at Mercy High), I don't recall any rides, but I also left, entering the Sisters of Mercy in September, 1955. I know that for the time in which they were held, they offered a pleasant diversion for our little parish, as well as bringing in needed income to help support Notre Dame School. Sincerely, Sister M. Lalemant (Mary Virginia) Pelikan, rsm  Mercy High '56

    I'm a graduate of Notre Dame ('56). I've checked with some of my classmates confirming they indeed had rides by the time we graduated from school. I remember a Ferris wheel plus a few other smaller rides and booths of various kinds. I really liked the fish pond because you always won a prize. There were cake walks and other hand crafted articles sold or raffled. The carnivals were always a true delight and a family affair. Cheryl Horn '61

    Editorial note on the June Flashlight Gaslight Square article
    The feature on Gaslight Square in last month's Flashlight brought back memories of that place and time. A quiet walker-friendly oasis of music and art studios and antique stores prior to its transformation, accelerated by the tornado of 1859, to an exciting entertainment area, Gaslight Square offered delightful venues like The Three Fountains restaurant, Circle in the Square art gallery and, my favorite, The Crystal Palace theatre. The closing of O'Connell's Irish Pub, in 1972, (and subsequent reopening at the corner of Kingshighway and Shaw), marked the end of The Square as many of us had known it, but it's nice to see that the area is now being revived, Phoenix-like, as a new residential neighborhood.  Bill Voos '48
    NOTE FROM THE EDITORS: Be sure to keep us updated if your email address changes when switching providers or moving. There's been a lot of emails returned marked as 'user unknown'.



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    Nancy Moellering '57


    Walt Wilson '49

    Interesting Info.

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     We welcome contributions each month, send in your story, or perhaps a story about a favorite teacher or classmate that made a difference in your life whom is no longer with us.  We will try to honor one selected short story of general interest each month:  This months feature story is:

    Nancy Moellering, class '57: While growing up Nancy's father was a stamp and coin collector. Nancy developed a lot of knowledge about them so it only seemed natural after graduation she would work in a coin shop. She worked for a few dealers plus a tried her hand at being a portrait photographer before starting her own business in 1985. It was hard at first for Nancy because there weren't many women in that field. Since then, through hard work, Nancy was awarded the 'Employer of the Year' from the city of St. Charles in 2005. For the rest of the story Click Here 

    Walt Wilson '49 celebrates 50th Anniversary

    Walt Wilson '49 and his wife Suzi celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary 5/11/07, dining with family at the Great Wall restaurant, in St. Charles. The next night their (2) children hosted a dinner party at Grappa Grill, also in St. Charles, for their family and many friends.

    Walt retired as a Logistics Manager from ESCO Corporation in 1994 and, along with Suzi, has done free-lance technical illustration, writing, and publishing ever since. Walt has also written (click here) and illustrated more than 100 articles for model airplane and Sports Car magazines. At present, he writes and they illustrate a monthly column for R/C Report magazine.

    Walt actively designs, builds, and flies Radio Control model aircraft and publishes a monthly club newsletter. Suzi enjoys doing animal portraits for friends. Suzi Predock (U City '55) and Walt Wilson '49




    Gary Huffstutter, class '62 found playing golf at Myrtle Beach a little more than challenging, not only having to watch out for sand traps but also the native residence, too.

    Gary said he and his buddies had a great trip on their yearly golf outing. He said "we had no rain until Thursday evening,  -  the temps stayed in the mid 70’s all week and we played 10 rounds of golf in 7 days -  which isn't too shabby for an old fart!" Gary sent in this photo showing what was waiting for him at the sand trap on the #7 hole at the Tiger Eye Golf Course.




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

    Circulation Editor & Web Master
    Bob Haefner (’49)

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

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       INTERNET GEMS:   

    Three men were sitting together bragging about how they had given their new wives duties. The first man had married a woman from Normandy and bragged that he had told his wife she was going to do all the dishes and house cleaning. He said it took a couple days but on the third day he came home to a clean house and the dishes were done.

    The second man had married a woman from St. Charles. He bragged that he had given his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking. On the first day he didn't see any results, but by the next day it was better. By the third day his house was clean, the dishes were done and he had a huge dinner on the table.

    The third man had married a Wellston girl. He boasted that he told her that her duties were to keep the house clean, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry done and hot meals on the table for every meal. He said the first day he didn't see anything, the second day he didn't see anything, but by the third day most of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left eye -- enough to fix himself a bite to eat, load the dishwasher and telephone a landscaper.

    Ya just gotta love us Wellston gals~~

    Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, and Quasimodo were all talking one day.

    Sleeping Beauty said, "I believe myself to be the most beautiful girl
    in the world."

    Tom Thumb said, "I must be the smallest person in the world."

    Quasimodo said, "I absolutely have to be the most tacky, rude, crude,
    gross & disgusting person in the world."

    So they all decided to go to the Guinness Book of World Records to have
    their claims verified.

    Sleeping Beauty went in first and came out looking deliriously happy.
    "It's official; I AM the most beautiful girl in the world."

    Tom Thumb went next and emerged triumphant,
    "I am now officially the smallest person in the world."

    Sometime later, Quasimodo comes out looking utterly confused and says,
    "Who the heck is Rosie O'Donnell? "


    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!