FLASHLIGHT 40th Edition

40th Edition


                             APRIL, 2010

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


Birthday list
on page 4

Missing Alumni in March:

1.  Jane Ebker '44
2. Donald Downes '54

WHS Club - 2010
Member Names

Thanks for your support


Important message from the editors


Happy Easter!


Last game Trojan's will ever play
Written by: Joe Lyons | POST-DISPATCH

COLUMBIA, MO. — In the semi-finals Thursday (March 18th), it was not exactly the shot Wellston coach Jeff McCaw wanted, but the Trojans got the open look they were hoping for. The last-second 3-pointer from sophomore Eldright White missed the mark as Wellston’s state championship dream ended in a 69-68 loss to Bernie in the Missouri Class 2 semifinals March 18th at Hearnes Center.

Down one with 11.8 seconds to play, Wellston put the ball in the hands of junior sensation Ben McLemore, who finished the game with 28 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

“We wanted Ben to penetrate and draw the defense,” McCaw said. “All day, they had two or three guys on him. We figured that’d leave at least two guys open for that last shot.”

McLemore pulled up at the right side of the key and passed to White on the left baseline. He back-pedaled a couple of steps and launched the 3-pointer.

“We got a great look,” McCaw said. “But just couldn’t get that last shot to fall.”

That deciding flurry put the finishing touch on a back-and-forth thriller. Wellston raced to an early 11-2 lead and was up 20-11 after a quarter. But the Mules answered with a stellar second quarter, catching Wellston at 23 and scoring the last eight points of the period to take a 37-31 lead to halftime.

The teams traded leads the rest of the way, with Bernie’s Jake Smith scoring the deciding basket on a rebound with 12 seconds left. The Mules dominated the boards, outrebounding Wellston 35-25 overall and 14-7 at the offensive end.

McCaw, who took over the program in October, starred on Wellston’s state title team in 1988. He said the last few weeks have been a challenge.

“We’ve had to battle through a lot this season,” the first-year coach said. “Instead of looking to develop as a team, we’ve been forced to adjust to playing for just this season, dealing with the school closing and the pressure of knowing that every game could be our last. On top of that, you know these guys have to be wondering about what’s going to happen to them next year in a new school with a new coach and a new system.”

Our Flashlight, illuminating the past,
the present and the future since early 1900s


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    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.)                                


Can you imagine this on your desk?


Remember the peddle pushers and old perms?

The 'modern' 40's kitchen above and an updated one on the right with music!

In days gone by ladies wore dresses and the men wore suites to dances. Kids were 'spanked' without fear of being arrested of child abuse and lovers shared a coke without worry of catching some weird disease. We watch HD Television now, have 'icemakers' built in to our frig and movie cameras in our 'wireless' cell phones. 

Google Harry Von Tilzer ....

You will be surprised!
You know many of his songs!

Remember this song?

Click the picture to hear the song

Come, come, come and make eyes with me
Under the Anheuser bush
Come, come drink some "Budweis" with me
Under the Anheuser Bush
Hear the old German band... band plays first bar of "Ach du lieber Augustin"
Just let me hold your hand - ja-a!
Do, do come and have a stein or two
Under the Anheuser bush

Verse 2 on Flickr
Cute little song from 1903 Old Edison Recording.
Words by Andrew B. Sterling,
Music by Harry Von Tilzer
Sung by Billy Murray


In 1950 Billboard Magazine mentioned Anheuser Busch purchased 35,000 78 rpm pressings of the recording by Jimmy Wakley.


APRIL, 2010


Join us in our final goodbye to our WHS school district which governed us for over 100 years.

April 9, 2010- All Alumni social at the High School (1200 Sutter Ave.) 6:30-10:0
(Get together sharing memories and stories)

 April 10, 2010- Alumni Basketball Games (1200 Sutter Ave)
First game at 3:30
there will be four games (Women and Men)

For more information contact Teron Sharp @314-392-3664


March 13th 70 lucky winners had lunch with Jerry Rice, wide receiver from the SF 49ers. Jerry was also a contestant on Dancing With the Stars. One of the lucky winners to have lunch with Jerry was our own Janet Scott from the class of 1960. Scottie was able to have Jerry signed (2) footballs for her along with having her picture taken with him.

The Red Shirts ('60 - '63) have been meeting once a month since Reunion 2003. The group has grown as more alumni join. Some of the girls are vacationing in Branson for a week the end of March. They have celebrated spring break together the past 4 years.

R-L: Sandy Dudley '60, Carol Beeman '60, Janet Scott '60, Cheryl Horne '61, Josephine Chiesa '61, JoAnn Williams '60, Mary Ann Crecelius'60, Kathy Erwin '62, and Wanda Cornman '60.

Standing L-R: Mary Alice James, Eileen Klinger, Pat Crowley, Peggy Kahler, Ruth Graeler Sitting: Betty Chaudoin, Bettie Gillies, Loretta Kieffer


Many women who wanted to attend the October 2009 reunion, found that they either couldn’t get their spouses to attend or, being widowed or single, did not wish to attend alone. They still wanted to spend time with classmates however, but possibly in a different setting. Women of the Class of ’46 overcame that problem by arranging a reunion luncheon.

Sixty Three years fell away quickly as, for the first time since 1946, they gathered for lunch, outside the school cafeteria. Stories, histories and memories were exchanged as the “girls” renewed their friendships

50 years of history in 3 minutes

Whether you are a Billy Joel fan or not, you probably remember his great song, 'We Didn't Start the Fire.' Here it is, set to pictures...very, very cool. It's a neat flashback through the past half century. I never did know the words. Turn up volume, sit back and enjoy a review of 50 years of history in less than 3 minutes! Thanks to Billy Joel and some guy from the University of Chicago with a lot of spare time.

The Top left gives you full screen.....top right lets you pause.  Bottom left shows the year. The older you are, the more pictures you will recognize.

Anyone over age 65 should remember over 90% of what you see. But it's great for any age.  Take a deep breath (you'll need it) and click on the following.



SepiaTown lets you view and share thousands of mapped historical images from around the globe. Search the map to view images.

SepiaTown welcomes historical images from collections of all sizes, from libraries and historical societies to individuals with a boxful of cool old photos. Check out Wellston, where your grandparents lived or where you now live. This is an amazing modern time feature we can enjoy for many hours.

The Silent Generation are people born before 1946.
The Baby Boomers are people born between 1946 and 1959. -
Generation X are people born between 1960 and 1979.
Generation Y are people born between 1980 and 1995.

Why do we call the last one generation Y?
A cartoonist explains it eloquently below..


75 Classmates attended last year's reunion from '35 -'70. If you plan to attend this years reunion please email Jerry Sullivan so he knows how many people to plan for.

Nortre Dame de Lourdes 
May 19th, 2010
Luncheon 11:30 am
Grappa Grill
(St. Charles, MO)

Contact: Jerry Sullivan,
[email protected]

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



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John Brown '59

Where in the World is John Brown '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 that you know the whereabouts of (living or deceased) 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

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

Jim Schwartze '60
Guest Book

 John (JC) Ray '48

Guest Book

Maxine Rolfe '47
Guest Book

John Hill '43
Guest Book

Condolences to:
 Joanne (Schwartz) Feckter '64 for the loss of her brother Jim '60
 Judy (Ray) Durbin '65 and Pam (Ray) Hood '66 for the loss of their father JC Ray '48
 Fred '49, Gene '53 and Gerald '56 in the loss of their sister Maxine (Rolfe) Codemo '47
 Bob Duffy '66
in the loss of his brother Thomas '55 (Mercy High)
 Betty (Morris) Eyster '60 in the passing of her sister Donna Straussner
 Norman Eyster '57 in the passing of his sister-in-law, Donna Straussner
 Jack '39 and Walter '45 Versemann in the passing of their cousin John Hill '43.

I was very saddened by the sudden passing of one of the truly "Nice Guys" that it was my pleasure to meet and call a real friend, Jim Schwartze.  Jim and I were in the same class. After high school I had the pleasure of working with Jim at Cupples and Universe Corp. He was probably the nicest person I ever met. He always had something good to say about everybody he met and was a shining example of what it means to be a Christian. He was very caring and enjoyed giving of his time to the children of the world. He really enjoyed taking his grandchildren to breakfast and would just be radiant when he talked about their little outings'. I made a point to meet Hannah and Joshua and tell them how much he loved them and always to remember what a special grandfather they were blessed with. The world is a little better place to live because of the time Jim spent here with all his friends and relatives.  Big Jim Chapman '60

These marks of mine on paper can barely portray the feelings they present. Jim Schwartze and I grew up together as neighbors and friends. He wasn't just a “somebody” there in the past, but a big chunk of who I am. So when I reflect, his memories weigh heavy on my remaining journey through life. In his obit, it's reassuring to know that he followed his Christian roots by touching others. So now until my end, he will become the yardstick to help me gauge myself against. To me, Jim seemed a true example of what the human condition can become. I can only hope that the spark that he offered each one of us brings that humanity out through us. Steven Maassen ‘60 


Apr 2 Casey Moss '45
Pygme Irwin '52
Apr 7 Sam Bonney '42
Judy Palmer '64
Apr 16 Earl Burkhart '44
Apr 3 Retha Bray '62
Judith Hart '68
Apr 8 Fred Steinkuehler '57
Apr 19 Jack Patiquin '44
Apr 4 Sharon Bonstell '62 Apr 9 Harvey Cloyd '57 Apr 25 Bonnie Gelven '54
Doretta Atkins '61
Apr 5 Ruby Moore '44 Apr 12 Betty Grant '51 Apr 26 Donna Hagan '68
Apr 6 DeeDee Leach '54
Apr 14 Betty Tschudin '53
Mary Lee Brockman '54
Apr 28 Richard Stopke '42


WHS Club members;
Email us your special day to share your birth date with us.

(Alumni have reported they received B-day cards and wishes from their friends!)

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


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 APRIL, 2010

The Hawaiian Art of Ho’oponopono
by: Mari Treadway '65

Taking responsibility for our actions is one thing.  But taking responsibility for all actions, whether you caused them or not, in another…and the basis for an intriguing Hawaiian healing method called ho’oponopono.  Literally speaking, ho’oponopono means to make right or rectify an error, and it is the subject of a book I recommend called Zero Limits by Joe Vitale and Ihaleakala Hew Len, PhD.

The concept of ho’oponopono is that you take complete responsibility and forgive others for all actions—even the people who enter your life and their problems, because their problems are also your problems.  We are all interconnected and are one world.  The four key phrases that are used with great frequency in this cleansing process are “I love you", “I’m sorry”, "Please forgive me,” and "Thank you.”  And, amazingly, by using these phrases and cleansing your mind, life-changing transformations can happen in your life and in other people’s lives.

This is a tough concept to grasp, but the authors do a wonderful job of explaining how this works by sharing examples.  For instance, Dr. Hew Len was able to heal criminals in a mental hospital using this technique.

He worked at Hawaii State Hospital for three years, where the criminally insane were held.  He would review these criminals’ files, and while he looked at their files, he would work on forgiving himself.  And as he did so, the patients began to heal.  People who were shackled could walk freely, and those who were medicated were getting their medications reduced.  As Vitale puts, “If you take responsibility for your life, then everything you see, hear, taste, touch, or in any way experience is your responsibility because it is in your life.

The thing that inspired me to write about the healing method above….was last week I was reading a column in a local paper written by the editor…..The editor was lamenting the sad passing of his father and how they had never forgiven one another for some of the hard headed earthly things that came between them…It occurred to me we are all at the point in our lives we may like to bond with those that maybe have hurt us at one time or we have hurt them.

In the case of the elderly (our parents, siblings and relatives, friends)….they sometimes don’t want to hear it or they are not capable in their stage of life to hear it…So the above presents a great solution for us to make peace with whomever we chose in our own quiet way…

Hug those that we really want to strangle….Let Go and Let God…

Peace Be With You…Mari Treadway… [email protected]



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                             APRIL, 2010

Retirees’ Day Conversion Kit with Suggestions
(Published in the Banner Press)

by Larry L. Bollinger '60 (aka Bobo)

I had worked all of my life and finally the day came! I retired at the age of 65 years and 8 months in August of 2007. My wife (Connie) and I had planned for our retirement and we moved from the bright lights of a small town north of here called St. Louis to our rural home in Bollinger County. I was a country boy at heart and the transition from an 8 to 5 office job to country living was not at all difficult. I did encounter one small problem in that every day was a holiday. The everyday being a holiday wasn’t really the problem but the keeping track of what week day it was became an issue. The old Mondays – beginning of the work week, Wednesday – hump day, Friday – TGIF etc. were no longer applicable. I needed a yardstick/benchmark of what week day it was;

I looked forward to receiving the Banner Press by mail each week (this happened religiously every Thursday except when there was a calendar day holiday, then the Banner Press arrived on a Wednesday). So Thursday became Banner Press Day. The early Wednesday arrivals for those weeks having a calendar day holiday in them didn’t  seem to cause any problem as every day was already a holiday and it was easy for me to just add in an extra holiday.

Maybe the following will be of assistance for other retirees that may have encountered the same problem I did. Hopefully it will also be of interest for those approaching retirement. Others currently in the work force will glean from the suggestions and find some humor therein to assist them with their Hump Day.

Banner Press Day (Thursday) -    A good day to contribute to the betterment of your community, ............. maybe donate some time and your talents to a worthy cause. Patton Lions Club in the northern Bollinger County and the newly chartered Marble Hill Club are good examples for consideration.

 One Day after Banner Press Day (Friday) – This may be a good day to remember an old friend .............. call them, send a card, E-mail, etc. .......... keep in touch and don’t let old friends become strangers.

Two Days after Banner Press Day (Saturday) – Our youth, remember to spend some time with them (grandkids to teenagers). This may or may not be an easy task but what commodity is more important than our youth? We are in part responsible for the world they are now living in. Talk to them in some manner! You just may have to get out of your old traditional comfort zone and send them a text message* on a cell phone etc.
(*Don’t have a phone with texting capability and/or don’t know how to use it ......... this is an ideal place to start your dialog with them. Ask them about twitter, face book, i-tunes etc. ......... as this is their world and it may be necessary to spend some time on their turf even if you don’t fully understand it).

 Sunday (Sunday) – This day was given to us as a day of rest. I felt it was not fitting to alter this day’s name. I encourage all to attend one of the many wonderful churches in our area. I haven’t recently heard of any of our local churches complaining about standing room only and that they had to turn people away. Apparently pews are available. In fact it may result in the most valuable lottery ticket that you actually never purchased.

I Don’t Need to Shave Day (Monday) – A day to appreciate nature, plant a tree, build a blue bird house, pick-up litter, recycle, etc.  .................................... in some way take a step to improve our environment.

Two Days before Banner Press Day (Tuesday) – This is the day to do something that you just want to do. Maybe get some worms and go fishing with a friend. That limb that you keep hitting your head on is going to bite the dust today. You know those things that you would like to do but never had the time  ....... it doesn’t have to be a big item ............. if it’s something big, maybe just take the first step today.

 One Day before Banner Press Day (Wednesday) – This is the day to do something that you just don’t want to do. Honey-do jobs come to mind for some reason. Possibly the other day/week/year when you said or did something that really you wished you had not done. Consider today if there is any way to rectify your past actions. This may require swallowing one’s pride etc. .......  and asking for forgiveness. Those of us who are up in years and have postponed this issue should certainly not put it off. Let’s dispose of all excess baggage today. It will make tomorrow’s Banner Press Day more enjoyable!    

Editors note:  This could apply to our Flashlight too!


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The Infamous Miss Summer’s “Typing Class”

by: Roger Noon '62

When I was in Junior High, it was Mrs. Hynson’s Class. When she called on me, I was so fearful that I almost swallowed my tongue or forgot whatever answer I might have had at the tip of that tongue. In High School the fear moved to and settled on Miss Summers and typing class.

The mechanical gadget known at the “typewriter” was for secretaries, not me, I thought! It was a play thing as far as I was concerned. I delayed taking the class for as long as I could. But the time finally came.  Word in school had it she was a hard woman and not too kind to guys.  All I knew was my hand writing ability for eight plus years in school. I had to admit my writing style wasn’t all that good. Being left handed in a right handed world caused me to write awkwardly on those right handed desks, and smear ink from pens that I used that gave a blue-black color to the bottom of my hand going left to right on the paper. Besides, sometimes even I didn’t know or could read what I had written on the paper! So the need was there for a better way to do things. But my heart was reluctant in a class where everyone else would most likely be more adept at it than me.

When the time came to take the class (1960-61 School year, sixth period), there I was sitting in front of that huge machine. And if not to disappoint, Miss Summers looked everything like what I feared; no nonsense, serious, and seemingly not too thrilled with having boys in her class.  We went through the drills of hitting the keys and getting familiar with hand placement on the machine to go from top line to the bottom with the letters and numbers. To feel safe, I sat with a group of guys who did not seem to be all that interested in the class. Sure enough, many of the guys were bored with the mechanics of typing. Talking between them became frequent.  I tried my best to disassociate myself from the behavior. She would get on them and the clacking of the keys continued or resumed. Every look she gave convinced even me that I was guilty even if I hadn’t done anything! 

Most memorable were the typing “tests” taken to measure our proficiency. We were to type the sentences in the book and timed so the words per minutes, minus mistakes, could be calculated. Wouldn’t you know it, I was so nervous when she would say “get ready---go!” that the first word was already messed up by about the third or fourth key! So by the end of “times up”, my typing was less than stellar! I think the best I did was about 25-30 words per minute, while some of the girls were whizzing by with 55-70. Don’t know if the guys did much better, but there were a lot of “under breath” words every times they made a mistake which seemed all the time as well.

What I can say about the class is that I got out of it by the skin of my fingers! Miss Summers wrote on my report card “Roger makes too many mistakes.” Mom, to my defense, replied on the back of the pupil’s class report for parental remarks; “When a student has superior grade marks in all subjects but typing class, something must be wrong somewhere. I’m having Roger practice more at home (she bought a typewriter for me to use). I know he can do better.” (Thanks Mom!)

I did do better, but unfortunately it was not during High School! All through the higher education years I used a typewriter to deliver papers to profs with liquid paper supplements and all. During my early years in the ministry I cut stencils, used a mimeograph machine, installed ink canisters on them, then moved on to the electric typewriter, then to copier machines, their toner cartridges and finally to the computer keyboard.

I have probably typed millions of words with 1500-2000 word sermons for Sundays during nearly 40 years in the ministry, and the addition of letters, bulletins, news articles, etc. Surprisingly, I have become very good at typing thanks to her—and Mom!

Miss Summers—could I get that grade raised to B now?   Roger Noon ‘62              

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


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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]


Email addresses are available online:

If you would like to share your email address let us know!






Thoughtless, actual headlines:

 “Typhoon Rips through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead”

 “Hospitals are sued by 7 Foot Doctors “

 “Man Kills Self before Shooting Wife and Daughter “

 This last one was caught in the SAG Tribune. The Editorial Room was called and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day

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 When you are 50 and heading towards 70 or beyond, you sometimes get people calling at 9 PM (or 9 AM), asking, 'Did I wake you?'

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 The shorter an airline pilot's turbulence message is, the worse the turbulence will likely be. If he turns on the Fasten Seat Belt sign and simply says, "Flight attendants take your seats," it would be a good time to put your affairs in order.

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The only trouble with retirement…
You never get a day off.

 I was at the Beauty Shop for nearly two hours.
That was only for the estimate.

 You know you’re getting old when…
You throw a wild party,
and the neighbors don’t even realize it.

 Sometimes I wake up grumpy…
And some days I let him sleep.

 I’m not old.
I’m chronologically gifted

 I’m so old…all my friends in heaven
will think I didn’t make it.

One good thing about Alzheimer’s…
You get to meet new people every day.

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I don't feel old.. I don't feel anything until noon. 
Then it's time for my nap. 
- Bob Hope

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

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