38th Edition


                             February, 2010

Kermit Ruyle  '47,
logo appears on the cover of the
1948-1949 WELHISCO.


Missing Alumni in January:

1. '44 Sam Houston
2. '54 Earl Williams
3. '56 Betty Sparks
4. '61 Jean Medley
5. '64 Barbara Prater
6. '70 Ralph Gibbens


Birthday list
on page 4


WHS Club - 2010
Member Names

Thanks for your support


Important message from the editors


Wellston Auto

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Advertised in 1896 as
"Good for both Mother & Baby"

(Taken from Wikipedia and Bob Haefner '49)

Its amazing how different products were advertized in the early years. Advertising was not under government control like they are today. The snake oils, castor oil, and other 'medicine man' ointments  ads of the 1800s were targeted to the middle and upper class who were able to read.

Anheuser-Busch depended upon print advertising also. They began as a small brewery located in St. Louis, Mo. in 1860.  Eberhard Anheuser, a prosperous German-born soap manufacturer, became owner of the struggling brewery. Adolphus Busch, Anheuser’s son-in-law, became partner in 1869, and became president when Anheuser died in 1880.

Adolphus Busch was the first U.S. brewer to use pasteurization to keep beer fresh, the first to use artificial refrigeration and refrigerated railroad cars and the first to bottle beer extensively. In 1876, Busch introduced America’s first national beer brand: Budweiser. In 1877, Busch introduced the company's first cola: King Cola.

In 1906 Anheuser-Busch ran an ad saying its Malt-Nutrient was a "food for both before the baby comes and during the nursing period". In 1885 Budweiser was manufactured and advertised as a "Liquid Bread" - some 30 years later it was still advertised the same way. In 1916 an ad was run in the NY Times saying "Budweiser was a "Liquid Bread - nothing more - nothing less!" (Don’t you wonder how many of our mothers and/or grandmothers BELIEVED drinking beer was good for their babies?)

In 1917 Anheuser-Busch opened the Bevo Mill building at the intersection of Morganford and Gravois. It was named for their popular-at-the-time "Bevo" (near beer) brand. To see more newspaper ads click HERE

A-B became the largest brewer in the United States in 1957.  Anheuser-Busch International, Inc. was established in 1981, and is responsible for the company's foreign beer operations and equity investments. As of 2008, it has 48.9% share of beer sales in the United States (by barrels), and produces about 11 billion bottles of beer a year.

Up until 2009, Anheuser-Busch was also one of the largest theme park owners/operators in the United States, with ten parks throughout the country through its entertainment division, Busch Entertainment Corporation. On October 7, 2009, parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev announced plans to sell the division to The Blackstone Group for up to $2.7 Billion USD to relieve debt brought on by the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by InBev in 2008.

In the January Flashlight. The front page article states that the 1964 class started at the new high school on Sutter "Halter High" as freshmen, but that was incorrect. It was the class of '66
Our Flashlight, illuminating the past,
the present and the future since early 1900s


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 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.

Links to Reunion '09 pictures:

Photographer's photo's
(Additional orders taken until 3/21/10)
<--- Class 1960
(Click picture for names)

There has been more interest in purchasing additional Reunion 2009 'photographer' picture. Jim Gold has reposted them for you to view and will be online until March 21st. Please be sure to place your orders by then.

If you know the names of someone in a picture that's wrong or not named send us the picture number and names so we can insert!  NAMES


Post card of Easton Ave dated 7/1/1908

Social growth was learned through group experience at Central High School
Taken from '54 Flashlight

Good food made strong healthy bodies especially when served in a happy situation.

Each child at Central School had a chance to perform to the Assembly audience

Organized games under teacher supervision was a daily experience for Central pupils

Choral work was a delightful activity for
all boys and girls who sang with Mrs. Simone


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Search for your classmates - keep in touch!



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Congratulations are in order to Marie (Smith) Gross ’60 who was named Jefferson County 2009 “Artist of the Year".  
Marie  received a minor in Art from SEMO University plus taken numerous art classes including a summer at the Kansas City Art Institute. She was a published cartoonist for eight years and has done several shows in which she sit and draw pencil portraits of people. Marie and her husband have done several wall murals too. She also makes her own greeting cards and loves working in oils.

Dianna Ijames ’65 became another
slow economy casualty. Jack Henry and Associates of Monett, Mo., the company she worked for, suffered a major cut back forcing Diane into retirement. She has worked in the Information Technology field for the last 45 years. After retirement, Diane moved back to St. Louis to be near her family and friends so that she can spend more time with them.     

The Williams Sisters enjoy a Sunday at the Ram's game in company box of JoAnn's son-in-law. The girls were grateful the game was inside the dome since the temperature was 28 outside. The Rams lost by 3 points in a tough game with the Huston 'Texans'. L-R: Judy '70, Germaine '67 and Jo Ann '60.

******MR. CORDEAL******
I Really enjoyed reading the January Flashlight and commend the staff on the super work you do.  I was very impressed on the articles of our former teachers.  How blessed we were to have such an excellent staff.  No wonder so many of our graduates have been so successful.  After 4 years of choir with Mr. Cordeal, I had no idea he had 8 children, but knew he was a super talent, but didn't know how successful he really was.  I am amazed he spent so much time with his students.  Thank you again.  Peggy (Taylor) Carnes '57

January's Flashlight was a very special edition. I used to complain about having to walk up the hill to Jr High .... then I read Roger Noon's article about the kids from Hillsdale ... and I felt ashamed of myself.  We on "this side of the tracks", were very fortunate not to have to walk that far, or take a bus. I don't remember the "mall area" spoken of by Roger in his story about living in Hillsdale.    

We really were blessed to grow up at that time. I remember walking home from Sandy Gibbon's home on Ridge Ave or even further on the other side of Easton Ave and never had a thought of being molested or hurt in any way.  Those were sweet years indeed.  Sandy (Whiat) Schopp '57


I feel that for most of us those were the "Happy Days" and we are Blessed to have so many fond memories. Mari Treadway '65

The papers have been full of the school closing. That high school gave me an education to carry me through nearly 3 years, with nearly 2 years overseas in the service, and prepared me to attend medical school and become an M.D. Samuel C. Bonney M.D. '42 retired

I fell and fractured my hip on New Year's Day putting away Christmas things.  I was scheduled to have a complete knee replacement on Feb. 4.  The knee was wrenched badly in the fall and is a greater problem than the hip.  My greatest regret is that I won't be able to work with Meals on Wheels 2 days a week and also attending classes at Washington University designed for older adults.  Perhaps going to classes reminds me of going to Wellston High School again. Krim  (Wolf) Williams '43 (wife of Lance Wms)

Our Flashlight--The past, present and future of WHS students illuminated


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Classmates Remembered
Theresa O'Connor '63 wrote a beautiful poem dedicated to and remembering our departed alumnus. 



Our Wellston Trojan
Classmates Remembered List

Rest in Peace


Schillinger '45
 In her sleep


Wrenshaw Belew '43
Dementia Complication

Kenneth McFall '45
Dementia Complication 
Guest Book


Jean Harris '62
Xmas card returned marked 'Deceased'


Don Devitt '47
Guest Book


Marion Hansen '47
Dementia Complication

Guest Book


May their souls and the souls of all our dearly departed rest in peace now and forever.

Condolences to:

Carolyn '50, Martha '54 and John McFall '60 in the passing of their brother Ken '45 on 12/25/09
Virginia Hambrick '48 in the passing of her husband Don Devitt '47 on 1/2/10
Carlyle '52 and Ron '56 Hansen in the passing of their sister Marion '47
Guest Book
Wanda (Cornman) Hydar '60 in the passing of her brother-in-law, Harold Olden 1/7/10

Kenneth McFall  '45 married Joyce Crutchfield November 4, 1972, at Greenville, MO. He owned and operated the M & M Concrete plant in Mountain Home until his retirement in 2000. He moved to Mountain Home in 1976 after leaving St. Louis. He was an active member of Twin Lakes Baptist Church where he drove the Church bus for many years. He loved to fly, fulfilling a lifelong dream. He obtained his pilot's license in the late 1970's. He enjoyed playing golf, sports, and loved working with kids. He was a "Prayer Protector" for Nelson-Wilks-Herron School in Mountain Home.

Don Devitt '47 married Virginia Hambrick '48 before following his fathers footsteps by joining the pipefitters union. He worked as a journeyman pipefitter and foremen at several large construction sites before becoming a business agent in 1980.  Pipefitters are the people who install heating and cooling systems for new construction sites.

Updated January

Jan 1 Marilyn Cederholm '49
Martha McFall '54
Jan 10 Carsten Bowman '46
Herb Miller '63
Jan 22 Mike Hopen '69
Jan 2 Colena Prince '56 Jan 12 Marie Stillman '47
Luther (Ray) Davis '58
Roger Ashenbremer '59
Jan 23 JoAnn Gillies '58
Doris Voepel '60
Jan 3 Donna Phipps '62 Jan 13 Mary Chott '47 Jan 24 Harold Hanner '64
Jan 6 Clara Louise Fricke '47
Virginia Sasseen '52
Jim Radke '59
Jan 16 Bob Hauther '55 Jan 27 Laverne Narrell '49
Jan 7 Frank Clark '43
Theresa Presson '67
Jan 17 Shirley Smith '50
Bob Dawes '59
Jan 28 Jo Ann Womble '58
Clarice Ashby '63
Jan 8 Ray Morse '56
Pat Thompson '65
Jan 18 Carl McQuay '51
Mary Jane Patten '61
Peggy Schultz '64
Jan 30 Shirley Stroud '56
Eileen Klinger '46
Jan 9 Betty Shaw '46
Herb Eberle '56
Jan 20  Carl Henley '62
 Marcia Cline '65
 Jan 31 Peggy Kahler '46
Wayne (Cliff) Georges '53


If you would like to share your birth date,
Email us your special day.

February's Birthday's

Feb 1

Marian Whimpee '46  Feb 9 Louise Landsbury Feb 20 Marion Moellering '51

Feb 2

Phyllis Crouch '62

Feb 11

Glenda Barker '57 Feb 25 Jerry Cebe '57

Feb 3

Barbara Hill '59

Feb 13

Eleanor Mack '61
Feb 28
Orvus Harry '55
Wilma Taylor '60

Feb 4

Gary Polkinghorne '66 Feb 17 Jimmy Haislip '54



Feb 5

Linda Price '54 Feb 18 Mary Fears '64    

Feb 7

Rich Adams '56        

The Flashlight shining a light on Wellston High School through the years


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 February, 2010

Avoiding Atrocious Food Additives
by: Mari Treadway '65

Unfortunately, food labels on processed foods can trick you into thinking that a product is pure when it’s anything but.  Start by looking at any label claim such as “sugar free” and “zero trans fats.” Legally, label claims can be less than completely honest.  It turns out that “sugar-free” doesn’t always mean sugar-free, and “zero” doesn’t always mean zero.  Instead, they mean up to half a gram—per serving! And, it should come as no surprise that food corporations set the serving sizes of the foods they manufacture.  Therefore, they can make the serving size as small as they want so they can score an attractive label claim.  As a result, when you eat a normal serving size, you’re probably getting a significant amount of an additive that you thought you were avoiding. 

Additives have to be listed in the ingredients list—although not necessarily clearly and concisely.  (See MSG below as an example.)  All ingredients are listed from the largest amount to the smallest, by weight.  But this, too, is misleading.  Additives are often so powerful that a tiny bit has a profound effect—on the food and on your health.  So, if an additive is last on the ingredient list, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s insignificant.  To decipher deceptive or confusing food labels, start checking label claims, serving sizes, and ingredients for the following additives, and avoid them as best you can: 

  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a “flavor enhancer” believed to cause sudden cardiac deaths in young athletes.  It’s banned from baby food because it destroys brain cells in mice, induces type –2diabetes, and increases appetite.  Many people get light-headed, dizzy, nauseous, wheezy, and /or have cardiac arrhythmias after eating food with MSG, and it’s not just in Chinese takeout.  Consider any processed food to contain MSG until proven otherwise.  Sometimes it’s listed as an ingredient, but often its presence is concealed in “mystery” ingredients that don’t have to be itemized.  Anything that contains glutamates, yeast extract, natural flavoring—or anything with the word hydrolyzed or autolyzed—is likely to contain MSG.
  • Trans fats cause more cardiovascular damage than fatty meats, butter, or lard.  They’re used because they prolong shelf life; help keep cake and bread “fresh” longer; keep chips, cookies and crackers crisper longer; and make runny things creamy.  Those misleading” zero trans fats” label claims are debunked by the words “partially hydrogenated” or shortening” on the ingredients list.  Your nearest health food store probably has a better, more nutritious option that does not contain trans fats.
  • Artificial colors such as Red 40, Yellow 6, and Blue 1 and 2 have been linked with tumors, lymphoma, hives, nausea, asthma-like symptoms, and ADHD-type behaviors in children.  Some are banned in European countries especially in products for children, but in the US, they can even be used in children’s medications.
  • Nitrates and nitrites are meat preservatives that can cause an acute, life-threatening condition called methemoglobinemia, especially in children.  They’re also linked with liver, stomach, colon, pancreas, kidney, bladder and lung cancer in adults.  Avoid smoked or cured meats or fish, hot dogs, and cold cuts—unless they’re labeled “organic,” “uncured, and “nitrate-free”.
  • High fructose corn syrup is a preservative and popular sweetener because it’s sweeter and cheaper than sugar.  It’s a major culprit in the epidemic of obesity, insulin resistance, and type-2diabetes.  Health food stores are the best place to get food without this additive.
  • Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) Butylated hyroxytoluene (BHT) are antioxidants that retard the spoilage of fats or oils in chips, crackers, mixes, meat products, gum, cereals, etc.  They’ve been linked with cancer.  If food is genuinely fresh, it doesn’t need these additives, but it can be tough to find products on grocery store shelves that don’t contain them.  Try your local health food store.
  • Acesulfame-K and aspartame are artificial sweeteners.  Animal studies show that acesulfame-K interferes with normal thyroid functioning and may also cause cancer.  Aspartame is linked with cardiac arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, and sudden cardiac death in perfectly healthy youngsters, especially athletes who drink diet sodas and get their hearts pumping during sporting events.  Even small doses increase the incidence of lymphomas, leukemia, and brain tumors in rats.  In people, common side effects include headaches and dizziness.  Check the ingredients on any foods with “sugar-free” label claims, as they may contain these artificial sweeteners.  A better, more natural sweetener is xylitol.
  • Potassium bromate “conditions” yeasted breads to rise better.  It causes cancer in animals and is banned in most countries except the US and Japan. 
  • Olestra (Olean) is a fat substitute that the body can’t absorb.  Side effects include bloating, cramps, flatulence, and diarrhea.  It also interferes with absorption of important fat-soluble nutrients.
  • Salt acts as a “flavor enhancer” and preservative.  It’s added to virtually every processed food product, so it’s quite difficult to avoid.  However, keep in mind that the daily recommendation for sodium intake is less than 2,300 mg—or one teaspoon of table salt.   So be sure that you’re picking up a product that has “no salt added” or significantly less sodium than this amount.

 Armed with this information, you can make smarter, healthier choices at the grocery store the next time you need to pick up a canned or boxed item. As always, health food stores will have a better selection of additive- free or reduced additive foods for you to choose from.  If you don’t have a health food store nearby, your local grocery store may have a health food section.  If not, just do your best to be diligent when reading labels so that you can avoid as many of these ingredients as possible.  (Remember, avoiding each and every one may be difficult, but do your best.) And, of course, make sure your diet consist mainly of whole, natural, and organic foods, and you’ll avoid a lot of potential health problems now and in the future!

The cardiologist's diet: - If it tastes good spit it out 


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Our main strive is to keep our monthly Flashlight fresh and interesting. We are starting a new section called Q and A (like in the Parade Magazine).

Have you wondered what the guy who took you to the prom did with his life? Or what about your class president or the class clown? Now's your chance to find out!  Send us an email and let us know who you would like to hear from.

This months feature: Mitch (Skip) Johnson '58

Mitch (Skip) Johnson '58 taught Creative Writing and American Literature for 37 years at Pattonville High School (St. Louis County). Three of those years he served as a guidance counselor.

He began writing poetry on a regular basis in the early 60's.  In 1971, he had a small book of  poetry MY WAYS/BYWAYS published which is no longer in print or available.  Since that endeavor, he has written around 200 other poems.

Mitch now writes the annual Christmas poem or an occasional poem for a special event. He says he intends on writing until he can no longer be creative.  He loves  the challenge of making words express so many things in a meaningful way.

Dedicated to the Welhisco Class of 1958


A caravan of impatient stars journey eastbound
While a cluster of clouds collide below the moon.
An unnoticed snow owl offers an inviting hoot
Announcing a new arrival of morning soon.

Snowflakes silently slide, hesitating to settle.
Tim is caught momentarily in sleepless night.
Frozen tears hang suspended on limbs of evergreens
Like necklaces of diamonds in old wintry light.

Silver shadows of the moon skate on an icy lake,
Zig-zaging, embracing softly the waiting shoreline.
An audience of shy creatures await to see more.
Hold onto this moment a little longer so fine.

M. J. "Skip" Johnson, Jr.

The Flashlight shining a light on Wellston High School through the years


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Paper or Plastic?
by: Roger Noon '62

  We are not talking about the grocery store choices, but rather lunch at school. “Paper” usually had to do with bringing your lunch to school in a brown paper bag. By the time lunch rolled around the sandwich had “aged to limp status” about 3-4 hours in a locker. On the other hand, you could get milk or a coke to give it some pizzazz. Baloney sandwiches were a staple in my lunch bag along with some kind of fruit which would also get soft from locker “heat”.   

Then there was “plastic”, which were the plates on which lunch meals were served. Couldn’t break those things if you tried! Like any institutional situation, there were “mystery” foods from time to time called meat and vegetables which more likely than not I wasn’t interested in eating! 

So, it was usually either one or the other depending on-my personal wealth, that which I could borrow (mooch), or what might be left over in the fridge at home and my mom insisted I take to school. 

With apologies to our health editor, aside from those two options, you had the major food groups of 1. Meat (hamburgers), 2. Vegetables (French fries) and 3. liquids (Coke, Pepsi, Nehi, etc.) Most High School people subscribed to them when they could.  Even better was hanging out at places which served them to “needy and willing” customers like us who could not get enough of them. 

In Hillsdale where I lived there was a malt shop a good walk away on St. Louis Avenue. It made a malt where the straw stood straight up in the serving glass, (ala today’s Frostie) and root beer served with ice mugs with a juke box among other things!  But it was worth the walk.

I know everyone would be willing to volunteer with their special “place”. But it may be safe to say for many “Steak and Shake”, “Hamburger Chef” or a “mom and pop place” not too far where you lived could be added to the list! Then again, the dime stores on then Easton Avenue had their restaurants (with burgers and fries) that beckoned as well.  I recall one place right around the corner on from Spencemar School (Kenlien Ave) but cannot remember the owner’s name (Van Kamp’s?). She was a really nice lady! It had a similarity to watching the series “Happy Days” and Mel’s place where the gang of Fonzie, Potsie and Richie hung out.

Of all the institutions-High School, College, Seminary and Grad School, they were pretty much the same with Jello in all flavors and mixes (with fruit and/or cottage cheese in them), mashed potatoes and vegetables, mystery meats and desserts that were always smaller than my appetite for them. But spaghetti and meatballs, that was something else! Loved that stuff! The burgers and fries were not bad, but the lack of “atmosphere” made them a little less exciting to eat! I do recall my appetite being a lot larger than now probably because of gym, the frantic style of doing things and being a “growing boy”.

 I can’t remember having outright food “fights”, but I do recall some “skirmishes and challenges that went answered from time to time. I remember those milk cartons made a good place to put unwanted veggies. And it always seemed there was not enough time to eat and socialize at the same time. It always seemed that boys ate with boys and the same with the females. Only if you were madly in “love” with or really wanted to meet someone would you dare to eat with your opposites. 

The lunchroom also served as a dance facility (Sock Hops), planning meetings, a practice facility and quiet place for study other than the formalities of “study hall”.  Now the memories of it all remind me just how small it was!

Wellston High School Flashlight shining a light on our traditions, our
history and our future


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 February, 2010

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

Mary Kay (Parker) Morse '56

Jim Shaw '45

Joe Hunter '54
Gloria (Schwenk) Turner '59 Larry Turner '60
JoAnn (Williams) Croce '60
Donna Hagan '68

Buzz Book
Pat (Miner) Slatton '62

ClassMates Remembered
Carol (Beeman) Hathaway '60

Mailing Database
Tom Manley '67

WHS Alumni Club
P.O. Box 774
O'Fallon, MO 63366

Phone  636-696-4693

[email protected]

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    Priceless Observations   
Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself,  'Lillian, you should have remained a virgin.'
- Lillian Carter (mother of Jimmy Carter) 
I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: - 'No good in a bed, but fine against a wall.' - Eleanor Roosevelt 
 Last week, I stated this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister, and now wish to withdraw that statement. - Mark Twain 
The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible. - George Burns 
Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year. - Victor Borge 
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. - Mark Twain 
By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.  - Socrates 
I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury  - Groucho Marx 
My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. 
Every now and then she stops to breathe. 
- Jimmy Durante 
I have never hated a man enough to give back his diamonds. 
- Zsa Zsa Gabor 
Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat. 
- Alex Levine 
My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery,  people would stop dying.  - Rodney Dangerfield 

Money can't buy you happiness .. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.   Spike Milligan 
Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was SHUT UP.  - Joe Namath 
I don't feel old.. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap.  - Bob Hope 
I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it. - W. C. Fields 
We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress  - Will Rogers 
Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you. - Winston Churchill 
Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty .. But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out. 
- Phyllis Diller 
By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he's too old to go anywhere  - Billy Crystal 

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