NOVEMBER, 2007

Trojan Head designed by   Kermit Ruyle '47

Bob Haefner '49


Bob Haefner, our beloved Webmaster, has asked to be relieved from his Web duties do to other commitments.
Bob was instrumental in setting up the Flashlight so we can view it online instead of downloaded as before. He is our 'guru' and will be greatly missed.
Bob said he'll continue to make his historical web sites available and send in an occasional story.

Hopefully, an alumnus, who's as brilliant as Bob, will be willing to take over where Bob left off with our web site until he's able to return. If YOU are that person, or know an alumni who's qualified for this type of work email  names and experience for consideration. 
Keep in mind; it's a labor of love only. There's no pay but the satisfaction of a job well done and the gratitude of the alumni makes it all worthwhile.


Shirl Nehrt '60,  began her journalism career working on the Flashlight her Junior year, becoming the Editor and Chief in her senior year. She also served as a reporter for Prom magazine also. This was all in her preparation of becoming a "Bestseller" novelist. *Shirl entered the University of Missouri in the fall where she met her future husband, Jim Henke, in a shared Spanish class her first year. Shirl eventually earned a B.A. and an M.A. in history (both from the University of Missouri). After graduation, she worked as a cashier for a loan company, a public welfare caseworker, the assistant circulation manager for a small newspaper, and an admin-istrator of a federal information program for the elderly. After earning a job at a university in Ohio, Shirl taught history, gerontology, sociology, proposal writing for social service agencies, freshman composition, and remedial reading for fifteen years. Shirl sold her first novel in 1986. Two years later, she left her teaching career to become a full-time writer. In her twenty-year career, Shirl has made the USA Today bestseller list and the Waldenbooks and B.Dalton Bestsellers list 10 times each.

Shirl still lives in St. Louis, where she recently took a landscaping design course at the Missouri Botanical Garden and has designed the landscaping for her yard. She and her husband Jim, a retired professor of English, have a son, Matt. Shirl has two siblings who were graduates of Welhisco, Roy '42 who passed away in 2002 and Dorothy '45 now living in Oregon.

Shirl writes under two names, Shirl Henke and Alex Hunt. To view her upcoming and past releases CLICK HERE.  She is a member of the Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, Missouri Romance Writers, Sisters in Crime, Novelists Inc., and International Thriller Writers.
*Information gathered from Shirl's bibliography

VETERANS DAY -     11/11
The Young Men of Wellston High School
"Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices."
President Harry Truman

To view and honor our WELHISCO Veterans CLICK HERE   - 

Jefferson Barracks Cementary Click here:

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of  honorably discharged deceased veterans.

Eligible recipients, or someone acting on their behalf, may apply for a PMC in person at any VA regional office or by U.S. mail or toll-free fax. Requests cannot be sent via email. Please be sure to enclose a copy of the veteran's discharge and death certificate to verify eligibility, as they cannot process any request without proof of honorable military service. Please submit copies only, as they will not return original documents.

Eligible recipients include the next of kin and loved ones of honorably discharged deceased veterans. More than one certificate may be provided. Double clicking HERE for more information.


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Vintage Photos From the Shoe Box!

Send in YOUR School photos for From the Shoe Box!  Scan and email  or use US Postage ( If photos are to be returned, please include return US Mail postage)




     In this picture Ms Summers was demonstrating the finer points of tabulation (I think) to Nancy Shifferly, I, and two other girls. Ms. Summers certainly earned a place in 'teacher heaven' for all her efforts -- how she put up with all of us, I'll never know. She had to practically beat shorthand into my brain -- did a great job, because I STILL use it!
     She worked very hard trying to give us some practical knowledge and she was strict. I got my knuckles rapped with a ruler more than once. I never rest my hands on the keyboard - do you?
     She came to one of the early reunion. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to tell her what a great job she did and how much I appreciated all of her effort.

Sent in by Pat Miner '62







"Feet flat on the floor, sit up straight - don't rest your hands on the key board!!!!"  (Any guesses on WHO said that?"

    Lestine Neil and Mary Kay Parker, both from the class of '56
The photo on the left is of Lestine, Mary Kay and Mary Kay's mother. They were 5th graders when Mary Kay's mom took the girls downtown by streetcar to watch the Veiled Prophet Parade. They had lunch where this photo was taken then watched the parade. It was quite an excursion for the girls!
   Lestine and Mary Kay met in the 4th grade becoming fast friends. Lestine would stop by Mary Kay's on the way to school, usually having a piece of cinnamon-sugar toast, and then walked to Wellsmar School. They did most everything together - sports, classes, movies, etc. - until they found boys. They had separate interest then but managed to always stay in touch throughout the years. Both were in each other's weddings, visiting with families in tow as both of them moved around the country quite a bit - including New York, California and Michigan.
   The photo inserted at the bottom was taken of the girls a couple of years ago when Ray and Mary Kay had a place at the lake. Lestine and Mary Kay have always laughed and never seem to get tired of talking to each other. Nowadays they e-mail regularly and, of course, talk on the phone. They are each others 'support' - always friends. Sent in by Mary Kay Parker '56

                                  1953 GIRLS CELEBRATE SENIOR DAY  
7 girls L to R: Carol Smith, Ruth Gillardi, Alice Tapy, Bonnie Bonstell, Virginia Clark, Oletha Landrum and sitting Jo Ann Miller. This picture was taken senior day. Seniors dressed up like song titles. In an auditorium session they had to get up on stage and sing the song they were dressed as. View more senior day pictures sent in by Ray Woolworth click HERE

5 girls:Back Row:Alma Jane Hunter, Virginia Clark, Shirley Stock, Flora Winder, and Carol Smith - all from the class of 1953. The picture was taken in front of Alma's home on Martin. Alma would like to find out where her school friends are today! We do not have any info on Shirley, Flora, or Carol. Ginny passed away several years ago. If you know the whereabouts of these girls email us!
                                                                              Pictures taken by Pete Reitz, '51  





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                                NOVEMBER 2007

Photos From the NEW Shoe Box~

Email us your favorite shots to share with our alumni

                                 BRANSON TRIP
                        September, 2007

Gary Huffstutter '62 and his wife Donna Hagan '68 were totally worn out after they returned home from their yearly vacation to Branson. Gary believes in booking every moment of their trip. They saw 6 shows (three of them dinner shows) in 4 days plus shopped, shopped, and shopped some more not to mention the fine dining. Donna said "this year I only gained one pound -- Gary gained six. Sweet!" 

There were several other shows they would have liked to have seen but they ran out of time and will have to catch them on their next trip.  Branson is growing so fast and so are the available shows as well.  There's even a "Celebration City" which is a take off of Six Flags and the Butterfly House. 

Gary and Donna were constantly on the go visiting different craft stores and outlet malls. "The scenery was beautiful and the weather perfect, so what more could you ask for? (a chauffer)  LOL" said Donna


Karin Carter '65


view names in picture click HERE

Karin's family gave her a surprise 60th at the Florissant Civic Center

Patsy Powers '41


Patsy Powers '41, an 86 year old grandma shows no fear! On her 80th Birthday she went SKY DIVING!!!
She said she always wanted to drag race and that's what she's planning to do on her 90th Birthday!

Patsy is the mother of Ricky '66 and Criss Lauidsen  '67

                  Rick     Criss



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                                 NOVEMBER 2007

Wagner Electric Christmas Party           December 13th
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!!

Please be sure to share your Flashlight with those who haven't access to the Internet. Printable November Issue

Older adults and sex
People age 57-85 say how important sex is:

Very important
Men .......36.5%
Somewhat important
Women....... 47%

Not at all important

Source: New England Journal of Medicine (August 23, 2007)

Alumni News and Comments:

I have a "cute kids" item to share with everyone.  My 4 yr old great-grand  daughter was visiting recently with her sister & parents.  We had decided to go to supper at a China Green Buffet located in our city of Troy. We asked Erica if she wanted to eat supper at Chine Green and she excitedly answered: "Yes!!!  And I'm going to tell those people they messed up my toys"! 

Whoever said today's kids don't keep up on current events (Erica recently lost many of her favorite toys due to the lead paint fiasco)? Keep up the wonderful work you are doing with the Flashlight and Alumni organization. Shirley Blake '64

Shirley Blake '64

I'd like to thank Wanda for all her work with the class reunions.  She did a superb job.  I look forward to seeing her at the next reunion.
By the way, I have a new job.  I'm the Library Para at the Daniel Boone Elementary School in New Melle, with the Francis Howell School District. I never dreamed I would love going to work at this time of my life but I really enjoy these children.    Gloria Schwenk  '59

Gloria Schwenk '59

I was out of town on a business trip, fully intending on getting caught up on some work-related reading, when.......for the 1st time I went to the Welhisco site. Once I got started I had to read all the issues. I got a little behind in my schedule, but it was worth every minute and more. Y'all have done a great job and I look forward to reading and sharing more with all the alumni in the very near future. Again, super job!  Danny Stephens '67

Dan Stephens '67

Flashlight co-editor Bill Voos, ’48, was recently re-elected to a second term as vice-president of the IUPUI Senior Academy, an association of several hundred retired faculty, administrators and staff members from Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis. Bill retired as Dean and Professor Emeritus of Herron School of Art at IUPUI in 1995.

The Senior Academy provides student scholarships, financial support for university projects, travel and social activities for Academy members and educational programs open to the public.

Mary Kay Parker '56

After seeing the article with Central Hardware's picture in October's edition it started me thinking about the other businesses on Easton Ave. I remember near there was a bakery Lestine and I would go to occasionally. We'd buy a cheesecake -- the kind that looked like a loaf of bread, about 4 inches tall and very fluffy. They would wrap it in white paper, tying it with a string.  Lestine and I would use the string as a knife, cutting the cheesecake in half and promptly eat it all. Oh sooooo yummy!! Mary Kay Parker '56  and Lestine Neal '56

Lestine Neal '56

JoAnn: You made us "Wealthy" as we have always believed that we get richer when we share our experiences with others. Helping to create a Monthly Newsletter keeping the alumni active and looking forward to the next reunion, has been fun, not work. We really appreciated all of the emails we received from our classmates and their siblings. Sharing memories with them has been priceless.

You have created something so much better than the dead pages of a "reunion" site. The combination of refreshing classmates memories of the good times, coupled with some current news is working. Keep up the Good work. You are a good friend. Bob & June Haefner

Bob Haefner '49


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NOVEMBER, 2007         

Paul Ward '67

Where in the World is Paul Ward? (Class of '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 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 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 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

No alumni deaths to report this month

Condolences to:
Danny '61, Theresa '63, Cain '65, and Danny O'Connor '70 on the death of their sister Mary who passed away 9/17.

Ronnie White '67 and his wife Carol Turner '66 on the death of their son Tracy who passed away 10/7
Netta Watkins '46 on the death of her husband David Witten in July, 2007

Alumni Interesting Internet finds:

A bear was walking across Rainbow Bridge (Old Hwy 40 at Donner Summit, Truckee) September 15th when two cars also crossing the bridge scared the bear into jumping over the edge of the bridge.  Somehow the bear caught the ledge and was able to pull itself to safety
. Authorities decided that nothing could be done to help Saturday night so they returned Sunday morning to find the bear sound asleep on the ledge.  After securing a net under the bridge the bear was tranquilized, fell into the net, lowered, then woke up and walked out of the net.

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                                Surprising facts about the CDC
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

What do you think of when you think of the CDC? Men milling about whenever a disaster happens or maybe a laboratory housing scary infectious diseases?  The CDC is in fact much different from what people generally perceive it. Since 1946 the agency has expanded to provide practical help for all contagious diseases, as well as performing other public health functions. It has become an excellent information resource with links to all major organizations, both federal and nonfederal organizations for the general public. If you link to the 'Healthy Aging' resource section you'll find links to the VA, Alzheimer's Association and many others. Its also a good recourse for traveler's information. Check out these websites. Be sure to bookmark or save them in your favorites for future access.

                                                                USEFUL C D C LINKS
                            Healthy aging    http://www.cdc.gov/aging/
Travel information    http://www.cdc.gov/travel/
                                              Fall prevention    http://cdc.gov/ncipc/factseets/adultsfalls.htm
                                                  Older drivers    http://www.cdc./gov/factsheets.htm
                             Emergency preparedness   http://www.bt.cdc.gov/    


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NOVEMBER 2007   

                    WHAT AM I DOING NOW?

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: 
Janet Thompson '50 

Janet Thompson '50 & Hubby Manuel Benavides

After high school Janet Thompson '50 spent 18 years doing what she loved the most - singing. She was introduced to Manuel in the late 60s. The photo on the left was taken in the mid '70's of them both. Jan and Manuel, who is a great kidder, have had some wonderful times and experiences in their 37 years together. To read more about her life and experiences and see their current picture CLICK HERE

Janet Thompson '50

Stuart Brown describes Norbert Rosing's striking images of a wild polar bear playing with sled dogs in the wilds of Canada's Hudson Bay. The photographer was sure that he was going to see the end of his huskies when the polar bear materialized out of the blue: Click here to view the rest of these amazing pictures:

Sent in by:  Dave Esche '62


The ladies from '47 have been meeting twice a year since their 50th reunion. They take turns organizing where and when the next one will be held. Norma Edwards was in charge of this one, holding it at the new J. Bucks Restaurant, west of Hwy K at Hwy 40.

Sitting L - R  Lorraine Roche, Norma Edwards, Clara Louise Fricke, Second Row: Betty Ann Smith, Wilma Oburn, Marie Stillman, Eileen Klinger '46, Elva Torrence, JoAnn Williams '60, Charlotte Tucker and Betty Milward.

Those not in attendance who normally come are: Agnes Bickle, Billie Smith, Mary Chott and June Oswald,

View the ladies senior and current pictures Click here:

    Popcorn: Tasty and good for  you!
Imagine - a snack food that tastes good and is good for you! That's popcorn! Popcorn has continued to increase in popularity since the early1900s, and the nutritional benefits of popcorn have been widely publicized since the 1980s. Today, the annual consumption of popcorn in America exceeds 1 billion pounds - that's 71 quarts per person per year! The states of Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, and Ohio currently grows the most corn for popcorn.
  Popcorn is a sensible, not to mention tasty, snack that can fit into any healthy eating plan. Weight Watchers recommends popcorn as a snack, the American Dental Association endorses it as a sugar-free snack, and the American Cancer Society recognizes the benefits of its high fiber content in potentially preventing several types of cancer. Here are some of the reasons popcorn makes a great guilt free snack:
  • Popcorn is a whole-grain food, which makes it a complex carbohydrate which is not only low in calories, but a good source of fiber.
  • Popcorn is low in calories unbuttered popcorn contains only 31-55 calories per cup: one cup of lightly buttered popcorn still contains only 133 calories.
  • Popcorn contains no artificial additives or preservatives and is sugar-free.
  • Popcorn contains energy-producing carbs.
  • Popcorn is versatile. Of course just about everybody enjoys hot buttered popcorn, but popcorn also can be enjoyed combined with seasonings, spices, and other foods like raisins, fruit, and cheese to provide nutritious, delicious snacks.
     Click for
    Crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix  recipe


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No more waiting in line!

Who has time to stand in line all day? Here's some clues on how to take some of that time back so you can spend it on other things you want to be doing!

If you go to the .........


BEST TIME: An hour after it opens; you'll miss the morning rush, and there'll be more service people to help you since they'll be done with their early morning sorting.

STAY AWAY: At lunchtime and the end of the day when traffic is the heaviest.

SKIP: Buying stamps and other transactions can be completed at www.usps.com so you hardly ever have to go to the post office at all!

BEST TIME: Right before lunch there's usually a lull.

STAY AWAY: The 1st and 15th of each month or any Friday. That's when most people get their paycheck which they immediately put in the bank.

SKIP IT: Use direct deposit for your checks, use ATM'S and online banking.   

Best Time: Wednesdays when surveys show grocery stores have the fewest customers.

STAY AWAY: Weekends. That's when most families do their bulk shopping.

SKIP: Many grocery stores now of a delivery service or a free or a small  fee. Or you can email them your grocery list and they'll have your items ready or pickup by the time you arrive.

Best time: The first slot of the morning.

STAY AWAY: Late afternoon. 92% of doctors are behind then.

SKIP: Many offices will let you see a physician's assistant. Most are just as knowledgeable as an M.D. but without the long wait!

Best Time: After lunch.

STAY AWAY: Rush hour. Most people stop on the way home from work.

SKIP: Most dry cleaners will give you a bag with your name on it to drop off clothes whenever it is most convenient for you. Pick them up later with no wait. Ask at your store.

The average person spends 10 days of each year waiting in line!


     12 year old prodigy artist
            Click to read Testimonials

Akiane is an internationally recognized 12-year-old prodigy, considered the only known child binary genius, in both realist painting and poetry. Akiane donates a substantial portion from the sales of her paintings to select charities. The reproductions, prints on canvas, are available in limited editions on all images. Click here to view the video by CNN 

What an amazing child - a TRUE prodigy.

Sent in by Bruce Liebsch '62 

Click here to view other paintings



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

Welhisco Alumni
P.O. Box 774
O'Fallon, MO 63366
Phone  636-978-5771
E-mail Us



Interesting Info.

                                       You make the call

A sweet grandmother telephoned St. Joseph 's Hospital. She timidly asked, 'Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?'

The operator said, 'I'll be glad to help, dear. What's the name and room number?'

The grandmother in her weak tremulous voice said, 'Norma Findlay, Room 302.'

The operator replied, 'Let me place you on hold while I check with her nurse.'

After a few minutes the operator returned to the phone and said, 'Good news. Her nurse has told me that Norma is doing very well. Her blood pressure is fine. Her blood work just came back as normal and her Physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged Tuesday.'

The grandmother said, 'Thank you. That's wonderful! I was so worried!  God bless you for the good news.'

The operator replied, 'You're more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?'

The Grandmother said, 'No, I'm Norma Findlay in 302. No one tells me anything.'


A dietitian was once addressing a large audience in Chicago. "The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years ago.

"Red meat is awful. Soft drinks erode your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. Vegetables can be disastrous, and none of us realizes the long-term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water.

"But there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all and we all have, or will, eat it. Can anyone here tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?"

A 75-year-old man in the front row stood up and said,  "WEDDING CAKE!"


Fifty-one years ago, Herman James, a North Carolina mountain man, was drafted by the Army. On his first day in basic training, the Army issued him a comb. That afternoon the Army barber sheared off all his hair. On his second day, the Army issued Herman a toothbrush. That afternoon the Army dentist yanked seven of his teeth. On the third day, the Army issued him a jock strap. The Army has been looking for Herman for 51 years.


A woman came home, screeching her car into the driveway, and ran into the house. She slammed the door and shouted at the top of her lungs, 'Honey, pack your bags. I won the lottery!'

The husband said, 'Oh my God! What should I pack, beach stuff or mountain stuff?'

'Doesn't matter,' she said. 'Just get out.'


               Mom's Overture by Anita Renfroe

This is a very funny video where you can actually hear things YOUR mother said, bring back such funny memories. It'll be the best 3:15 you've spent in a long time!   Click here: