30th Edition

 WELHISCO ALUMNI NEWSLETTER                                                          JUNE  2009


Trojan Head designed by  
Kermit Ruyle '47



Reunion 2009
October 2, 3, & 4th

Mail checks to:

WHS Alumni
PO Box 774
O'Fallon, MO 63366
Special pricing
due by
July 15, 2009

Oct 2nd - Friday Mixer
St. Charles Convention Center
3 – 8:30 pm
Light Appetizers
Cost: $35.00  (pp*)

Oct 3rd - Saturday - Dinner/Dance

St. Charles Convention Center
6 – 7 pm
Cash Bar
7 – 11 pm
Cost: $70.00 (pp*)

Oct 4th - Sunday Picnic
2200 Raymond Drive
11 – 4
Cost: $30.00 (pp*)
(*per person)

 Multiple events:
Friday/Saturday  $90.00
Friday/Sunday      55.00
Saturday/Sunday 85.00
Fri/Sat/Sunday   100.00

Buzz book included with Saturday nite dinner only

Who's attending Reunion 2009?



Bob Kuban was born in St. Louis, growing up in St. Ann before moving to Bellefonatine Neighbors. His dad worked for Pevely Dairy and his mother was a typist.

Kuban knew he wanted to play drums when he was 9 years old.  A friend gave him a set of sticks but he never had a chance to actually play until one night when, in junior high, he and some friends went to see Chuck Berry play. Chuck asked if anyone in the audience could play drums. Bob was selected from the audience to sit in. Berry was amazed to learn this was the first time Kuban had ever actually played on a set of drums.

Kuban’s first band was called Rhythm Masters. They performed at many teen towns and school functions playing music like the 4 tops, Temptations, or the Righteous Brothers. While in high school he went to see Ike and Tina Turner at Club Imperial. From then on his music was influenced by his sideman association with Ike and Tina Turner, including several stints with Ike's Kings of Rhythm band. Radio DJ’s would mention his band and where they would be performing over the air-waves until he had north St. Louis tied up.

Bob graduated from St. Louis Institute of Music in 1964 and went to work teaching music at Bishop DuBourg High School. He also formed the Bob Kuban and The In Men band.  Soon after, a good looking singer, Walter Scott, who had sung with the Pacemakers, joined Kuban’s band. In ’66 they recorded The Cheater which became an instant hit. On April 30, 1966 appeared on the Dick Clark Show. Kuban and his band believed they had made the big times.

But that’s not the way it turned out to be. The country was in the middle of the Vietnam War in the late ‘60’. Since Bob was a teacher he was classified as 4F and was not drafted. His song was number 1 on the charts and the recording company wanted him to travel. When he went to the service board to ask what would happen if he took a leave of absence from work they told him he would be drafted instantly. That pulled the rug out from under him. The band was disbanded and Walter Scott left. He returned a few years later and they remained friends until Scott’s demise.

In 1976, Kuban opened his own booking agency and his venture paid off, even leading to public recognition such as the St. Louis Businessman of the Year award. One of his innovations was the so-called Singles Night Out series of singles dances. He also started his own publishing company, Q-Man Music. His success in these music business endeavors have left him in a different position than many other '60s hit artists who never recovered from getting "ripped off" for their royalties. He always left some time for music, continuing to book his own combo as well as fronting the Bob Kuban Brass Band.

Besides Kuban’s big hit The Cheater, he had two other top 100 hits. The Teaser peaked at #70 and the remake of the lennon-McCartney song "Drive My Car" went to #93. He still remains a fixture on the St. Louis music scene. Bob Kuban and The In-Men performed for opening ceremonies of Busch Memorial Stadium, May 10, 1966 and The Bob Kuban Brass performed before the last regular-season baseball game there on October 2, 2005.

In an odd twist, Walter Scott, frontman for The In-Men and singer of the cheater (whose lyrics speak of the downfall of an unfaithful lover), was Murdered in 1983 by his wife’s lover, with his wife’s collusion.

Thirty years after his one Top Ten hit, he was honored at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's tribute to "One Hit Wonders," because without him it could never have been complete.  Isn’t it wonderful to be able to grow up and live your dream. Story taken from:     Bob Kuban’s live interview


What story would you like to read about?





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JUNE  2009     

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 photos so they can be shared with everyone.

Wellston Fire Truck
The modern day Fire truck has many more features then in '41!

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1949 (8th) Grade Graduation
WHS Class of '53
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Norm Bauer '53 sends in a picture of the WHS band practicing. How many classmates are you able to recognize?

(double click band pic to enlarge)

Norm Bauer '53 and Dee Dee Leach '54

Double click to enlarge picture on left seeing both sides of the street and the  (c1910) streetcar!

Left picture looking West
Right picture looking East




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Old and New News From WHS

I loved seeing the picture of Barbara Hill with Mrs. Bennett from 1st grade.  I had Mrs. Bennett, too. That was the first and last time I had to sit in the hall.  Mr. Thompson, the Principal, came by and talked to me.  The story is, in the reading circle, one day, I kept raising my hand to read and Mrs. Bennett kept calling on all the other students.  When she finally came to me I refused to read.  Thus, to the hall. 

Also, I worked at Kresge's across from the "loop" in Wellston.  Mr. Thoss's wife was the manager over the sales girls.  I made .60 per hour.  I worked in the shoe dept., the record dept. and millinery dept.  I always loved trying on the new hats when they came in.  Those wide brim fancy hats were the rage.  

I really love the articles about Wellston during our time in high school.  What memories! Gloria (Schwenk) Turner '59

Wellston had a great Honky Tonk piano player in Mary Jane Shebly who lived in the 6400 block of Ridge. When she played the whole neighborhood rocked. Jack Schlieker '45

How interesting looking at the Welhisco Queen links in the May Newsletter. I loved seeing how the prom fashions and hairstyles changed through the years. Thanks. Bea McBride '66

I’m still taking digitizing classes for the embroidery software for my sewing machine. It is still a pain, but I enjoy it greatly. I look forward to living long enough to be good at it! I got to thinking about my old, German, sewing professor at Wash U., the other day. At the time she taught us, we used commercial sewing machines in class like they used in factories. We had very, very serious embroidery classes. We were not allowed to even use a hoop. She was so strict, we had to finish all our seams by hand, tailoring was right out of a Paris studio. The sewing machines went in one direction, straight ahead. No reverse, no zigzag, nothing but stitching.  Perhaps we had a way to make the stitch length shorter or longer, but I doubt it.

My Dad (Charlie Thoss) was so  blown away by the landing on the moon. He never believed it, as it was considered mathematically impossible at that time, or at least in his book. He truly believed our government had made the whole thing up. He would be so amazed at the computer world we now live in. Joan (Thoss) Stoyanoff '49

Krista, granddaughter of Bob Haefner '49 and Camille (Mohow) Haefner '48, won five ribbons in the Hunter / Jumper class for her school, earning her enough prize money to pay for personal and her part of the college equestrian expenses for the Tulsa event in April. Krista graduated (this year) from William Woods University. She was honored as the most improved rider, winning top awards from six instructors in four categories (Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, Saddle Seat, and Western). She plans to train and teach this summer, then continue her education in England as a working graduate student.  Tulsa Classic event photos: Click HERE

Germaine (Williams) Benton's '67
granddaughter, Terri is awarded "Knight of the year" (aka Student of the year) from her 4th grade class. The "Knights" are chosen by  the K - 5th grade middle school teachers for the students ability of their leadership, someone who follows the rules, shows respect and responsibility, someone who's born to lead and does good deeds.
This is our future.


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Sorry, kids, but Grease was just a movie. WHS kids in the 50's didn't look that cool. It was a time of conformity; no one relished looking different. "Teenager" had only just been defined as a sociological group.
    WHS Girls wore full skirts with petticoats and nipped in waists aided by cinch belts or long, long, slender wool skirts with double kick pleats up the back--the Babchick skirt.  
    I tried for years to remember the name of the store that sold these tailored skirts. Sandy Schopp '57 popped up with it.
     Investigation proved that 50ish Mark is the only remaining Babchick in St. Louis. His elders live in Florida and are incommunicado. He said Babchick Dresses, long gone, was on Delmar in University City.
  Babchick skirts had two small darts on each side of the waist.  The marvelous double kick pleat was split to allow walking and was embellished by tiny buttons.  The very slender Carol Lee '55 and Lucille '56 Adelsberg sisters probably carried off the look best, but anyone looked good in them. Sewing machines all over Wellston cranked out imitations.  
 Libson Shop's Tycora sweater was highly desired sold in a rainbow of beautiful colors.  We wore the jewel neck sweaters with white collars or silk scarves, ala Natalie Wood in Rebel Without a Cause (1955).  We wore cardigans backwards.
 My saddle oxfords or penny loafers were purchased with an Eagle stamp book and $1.50 in cash. We wore white socks with elasticized cuffs turned down into rolls or folds-fat socks.  Dress shoes were generally black flats with stockings.  Panty hose were in the future.  Most girls wore pony tails and bangs or page boy hair styles.
    Boys wore pink if they were cool.  Pink and black was soooooo hot; black jackets piped in pink, grey slacks worn with pink "Mister B" collared shirts. Bill Zimmerman ‘56 and Larry Wright '57 wore the look to perfection. Boys had flat tops or swirls of hair ending in a DA in back.
      Pleated slacks and silky shirts were for dress up. Plaid cotton button down shirts were worn on a daily basis. Ivy League to us meant a loop on the back of the shirt or a useless small belt on the lower back of chinos. You never saw a guy's underwear or a girl's breasts hang out.
    Guys who hung around The Loop wore leather jackets and tight jeans.  They were "greasers" to be feared, if they flirted with us a little bit.
    I loved my petticoats, crinolines, can-cans, whatever you want to call them. I starched them in the kitchen sink. On the clothes line they were like dancers in the wind. Where did they go?  I hope they are dancing with a pink shirt and flannel slacks somewhere.

A treasure we have, a souvenir edition of the '54 - '55 Buzz Book produced by our Hi-Y.

Names from the classes of '55, '56, '57, and '58 are listed.  Many had siblings in other classes.

Do you remember your Wellston phone number?

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1955 Commencement program and Buzz Book sent in by
      Ralph Broker '55

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Larry Turner '60, Barb Hill '59, Betty Waller ' 59, and Walter Himmelmann '60 enjoying a warm spring day May, 1957.

  Larry Turner

Barb Hill

Betty and Walter married after school. Both are deceased.


Have you ever thought of where our alumni has scattered too?  Most of us stayed in Missouri but it's interesting seeing how many states we occupy.



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                                             Fast Food Nation
                                                                                         By Eric Schlosser

Fast Food Nation had me riveted to the book….I don’t know where to start with the review, so I will list praise that has been heaped on this book by journalist. I hope you will all read this book it will change the way you eat……and be the best thing you could do for yourself.

“This year Americans will spend more money on fast food than on higher education…Schlosser shows how the fast food industry conquered both appetite and landscape.”   -The New Yorker 

“All children who can read should be issued a copy of Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation.  Also all adults, so that makes just about everybody.  Here is an in-depth, hard-hitting work of investigative journalism that carries the seeds of social change.  If the idea of a three-story, illustrated Ronald McDonald strikes you as a blight on the landscape, this book is for you.” -Globe & Mail (Toronto)

“God strike me dead before I consume another fast food product…Fast Food Nation is the kind of book that you hope young people read because it demonstrates far better than any social studies class the need of government regulation, the unchecked power of multinational corporations, and importance of our everyday decisions.”  -USA Today

“Man is everywhere in chains-global franchise chains that will do pretty much anything it takes to save a half-cent on a pound of pork or potatoes and toe no line that contradicts cut-throat market forces.  Schlosser could do for the fast food industry what Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring did for the producers of pesticides.”    -The Times (London)

“Fast Food Nation” is not the diatribe of yet another health food advocate against the nutritional deficiencies of fast food:  it is a multifaceted examination of the whole phenomenon. . . .Schlosser documents this process with the meticulous passion of a historian. . .This book has the potential to turn a coach potato into an activist.  Certainly, it will be hard to look at a Happy Meal with much happiness once you’ve read it.”  The American Prospect

“Eric Schlosser’s compelling book, Fast Food Nation, will not only make you think twice before eating your next hamburger, but it will also make you think about the fallout that the fast food industry has had on the American social and cultural landscape:  how it has affected practices from ranching and farming to diets and health, from marketing and labor practices to larger economic trends. . .A fierce indictment of the industry.”         International Herald Tribune

“Over the past thirty years, when I haven’t been eating, drinking and living to tell the tale, I’ve been teaching journalism. . . .I find myself wondering if, by the next century, people teaching the same profession I tried to teach will pay homage not to Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle but to Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation. . .What the author does in these pages is look at the biggest picture imaginable.  He tabulates the actual cost to life and culture (food-bourne disease, near-global obesity, animal abuse, political corruption, worksite danger) of an all-American industry founded on the premise and promise of cheap.  If we should decide as a nation to use Schlosser’s math, even the richest people on earth can’t afford that $1.99 combo meal.”  - Houston Chronicle

“A reasoned attack on the fast food culture. . .In the best muckraking tradition.”   Newsweek

“A book like Fast Food Nation is long overdue.  Eric Schlosser writes clearly and passionately about appalling working conditions, the waste of enormous stretches of range and cropland, the effects of food-bourne illnesses on children, and harsh economic realities in this age of the mega-corporation . . .Perhaps one day we’ll e able to look back on this period of history and marvel at how so many of us were led by the nose to feed at the same unhealthy trough.  Fast Food Nation may very well bring that day closer.”  -The Gazette (Charleston)

“A fascinating expose of what we are really picking up a the drive-through window.”    Francine Prose, US Weekly

I truly hope these comments from the journalist will encourage you to read this book….you won’t think the same way about food in general……for the best.

Please email me with your thoughts [email protected]

Thank you for taking the time to read the above, if you did, my passion is to get nutritional information to as many people I can.  Let your food be your medicine…..Good Health to all….



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Taken from 1942 sweater

REUNION 2009 October 2, 3, and 4th


2009 invitations have several options for you to choose from this time. Each event can be chosen separately or grouped together for extra savings.

When making reservations at The Embassy Suite be sure to mention you are attending Wellston High Reunion for the special rate of $124.00 + tax per night.

   Phone: 636-946-5544

As last reunion, with 10 days notice, anyone paying early who cannot attend the reunion will be reimbursed. A substantial discount is available for those who commit early by helping us with working capital.

Since we span so many years, tables are being set up according to classes for Saturday Night’s Dinner. This will make it much easier to find a seat with your classmates and near your other friends.

Who's attending
Reunion 2009?


(Thomas) Roger Noon '62
Former Sports Writer for the Flashlight:


In October of this year, the WHS Reunion Committee has planned a get together involving all the graduating classes of our school. Sadly, many have deceased because of age or other circumstances. We only have their pictures and memories of those who knew them. Many,  also because of age and physical condition, will not be able to attend. Others will offer excuses as to why they cannot or will not attend. Not that this article will change anyone’s mind, but it is submitted with the hope it will make us all think about the invitation/opportunity.

 Reasons usually given for NOT going:

1.)    "I live too far and trips are too expensive these days."

Can’t disagree with that! But surprisingly, most of the graduates live within a day’s ride to these affairs. With limited income in retirement, there are fewer discretionary “shekels” to play with. Attention to grandkids already gets a good deal of them! It comes down to whether you think the trip is worth it to spend some time with people you grew up with and enriched your life.

2.)    "I won’t know many people. I don’t want them to see me now. I would prefer they remember me as I was."

Hmmm…sounds a little like a reverse ego trip. Believe me, sometimes I wish I could still look like my graduation picture! But then I would seem foolish in the midst of all those people who were my classmates. I am aged and proud of it. That means I have a “lot” to talk about as opposed to the relatively “little” I had then.

3.)    "I won’t know many people and have forgotten names of people I should know. It would be embarrassing!"

Join the crowd! Have already been there and done that! The embarrassment only lasts for a little while. They can talk about what they remember about you and vice versa, then you can get on to people you do remember! Unless you were a member in a large family with brothers and sisters years before and after you, it is true you will know only those in a few classes before and after you. But even that’s ok. You can concentrate on either making new friends or re-cementing the ones you do know.

4.)    "High School was a bad experience for me (acne, heartbreaks, shy, bad grades, etc.)"

Good point! High School was not all great times. That portion of our lives had all kinds of “issues” on the way to growing up. But perhaps you are spreading the “bad stuff” too thick.  There is no need to glorify or vilify High School. There is always a need to come to terms with it.  This might be the time to find out.

5.)    "I don’t have the time, am too busy or I have other plans."

It’s good to know you have stayed busy over the course of the past 40 plus years.

Realize this reunion only occurs once every three years for one weekend out of that span of time (or less, depending on what you sign up for). Then you might want to think that perhaps your classmates would very much like to see you! Isn’t that a pleasant thought!

Finally, there is the matter of whether you will see your classmates again or will they ever see you again! Time is growing late. I really regret not seeing my classmates who are no longer with us. I am glad for the times when they did come. It has meant a lot and enriched my life!

Will we see YOU be at Reunion 2009?




JUNE 2009

Where in the World is Bill Stevenson '50?
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 Let us know if there's special you are looking for.


Jim Dobbin '61
April 20, 2009
MDS  (Leukemia)
Guest Book

Ruby Kuntz '50
April 9, 2009
Sick for a long time

Bob Shook '58
May, 2008

Condolences to:
Charlotte Landyott '62 in the passing of her daughter in law - Cancer
Betty Milward '47 in the passing of her husband Bud Bailey - complications from surgery.

L-R: Janet Scott, Mary Ann Crecelius, Doris Voepel, Carol Beeman, and JoAnn Williams

On May 20th, 5 gals from '60 meet for lunch at Mimi in Chesterfield Commons.  They enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane remembering the 'olden days' plus kicked around some ideas for the upcoming Reunion 2009. These gals have all participated in both Reunion 2006 and 2009, some in 2003.

The girls have enjoyed meeting for lunch each month since reuniting at Reunion 2003. They've taken vacations, been shopping and  had dinner together.     

L-R: Josephine Chiesa '61, Cheryl Horne '61, Bud O'Brien '63, Joe Heenan '61, Americo Chiesa '64, Tony Busalacchi '61, Cliff Elder (Josie's husband)

Notre Dame Reunion

Notre Dame School held it's 6th reunion at Grappa Grill in St. Charles. This year 75 people showed up, amongst them were some of our Wellston alumni. Besides those pictured on the left, others attending were  Loretta (Hulahan) Arras '43, Barbara (Sittner) Merriman '51, Elizabeth (Johnson) Dorrish '51, Shirley (McCauley) Menge '59, Larry Hopen '60, Veronica (Bouchie) Hagene '63, Sharon (Zeltman) Chiesa '65, and Mike Hopen '69,

Everyone had a good time visiting and talking about the nuns and teachers they all shared.


Do you meet with members of your class or alumni??
 Share your pictures with the alumni!

Cars from yesteryear


Take a trip down memory lane looking at cars we owned and drove, Cars that were special ordered - not stock piled at your local dealer. Maybe our car industry would do better if they went back in time and did things they way they use to. 



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

Mary Kay Parker '56 -

Jim Shaw '45 -

Joe Hunter '54
JoAnn Williams '60
Larry Turner '60
Phyllis Crouch '62
Donna Hagan '68

Buzz Book
Pat Miner '62

ClassMates Remembered
Carol Beeman '60

Mailing Database
Tom Manley '67

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

Phone  636-978-9330

[email protected]



If you have any questions, comments,  or special request let us know.




If the Alumni Club is going to be a success we need everyone's support.



  A professor was giving a lecture on company slogans in a college advertising and marketing class. "Joe," he asked, "which company has the slogan, 'Come fly the friendly skies'?"

  "United Airlines," Joe answered.

  "Brenda, can you tell me which company has the slogan, 'Don't leave home without it'?"

  Brenda easily answered correctly, "American Express."

  "Now, John, Tell me which company uses the slogan, 'Just do it'?"

   And John answered, "Mom."

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   While enjoying an early morning breakfast in a northern Arizona cafe, four elderly ranchers were discussing everything from cattle, horses, and weather to how things used to be in the "good  old days."  Eventually the conversation moved on to their spouses. 

  One gentlemen turned to the fellow on his right and asked, "Roy, aren't you and your bride celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary soon?" 

  "Yup, we sure are," Roy replied.

   "Well, are you going to do anything special to celebrate," another man asked. 

   The old gentleman pondered this for a moment, then replied. "For our 25th anniversary I took Bea to Tucson.  I was thinking that for our 50th I'd go back down there and get her!" 

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   One Sunday morning when my son, David, was about 5, we were attending a church in our community. It was common for the preacher to invite the children to the front of the church and have a small lesson before beginning the sermon. He would bring in an item they could find around the house and relate it to a teaching from the Bible.

   This particular morning, the visual aid for his lesson was a smoke detector. He asked the children if anyone knew what it meant when an alarm sounded from the smoke detector.

   My child immediately raised his hand and said, "It means Daddy's cooking dinner."

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   I was nervous the night my husband and I brought our three young sons to an upscale restaurant for the first time. My husband ordered a bottle of wine with the meal. When the server brought it, our children became quiet as she began the ritual uncorking.

  She poured a small amount for me to taste, and then our six-year-old piped up, "Mom usually drinks a lot more than that!"

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It was on this day way back in 1655 - let's see, that's 354 years ago - that a man named Bartolomeo Cristofori was born. Mr. Cristofori had at least one brilliant idea in his life: He replaced the string-plucking mechanisms on a harpsichord with levered devices called hammers. This allowed the player to adjust the volume of the instrument by applying more or less force to the hammer when played.

  His original name for the new instrument was "Harpsichord-that-plays-soft-and-loud." (Well, no one said Bartolomeo was gifted in marketing.) As the instrument grew in popularity among musicians, the name was shortened to just "soft-loud" and eventually just "soft."

  In Italian, the word for "soft" is "piano." (Pianissimo)