FLASHLIGHT 41st Edition

41st Edition
First issue        November, 1920


MAY, 2010

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


Birthday list
on page 4

Missing Alumni in March:

None found in March

WHS Club - 2010
Member Names

Thanks for your support


Important message from the editors


As Wellston nears closing,
alumni return for get together

by: Jo Ann Williams Croce | Flashlight Staff

WELLSTON, MO. — Some fifty plus alumni gathered on April 9th in the gym of WHS to attend a social sponsored by the 2010 Senior class.  This was the last  'Hurrah' any Wellston class would host because the school district is closing. Tee-shirts were sold commemorating "Trojans Forever"

Alumni members from the classes of '42 thru '69 shared stories with students as they wandered between tables asking questions and inquiring how life was back in 'our' day.  Many learned things weren't that much different from then and now.

The students enjoyed and were amazed at the number of Flashlight Newsletters which were preserved and available. They enjoyed reading about the different activities, seeing sport results, and general news.

Kathleen Berger of KSDK (NBC) news interviewed several of the alumni.  Louise (Landsbury) Overbey and Sharon (Zeltmann) Chiesa, both from '65 danced with heel shoes on the gym floor, something they have wanted to do for 45 years.  KTVI news was also there.

(Trustee) Larry Turner '60, spoke to Dr. Charles Brown, (Superintendent) asking if it was possible to tour the old WHS High School building on Evergreen & Wells. Dr. Brown said the roof is caving in and would be to dangerous for anyone to be in the building.

April 15th, the alumni gathered once again to be interviewed by WHS students for a storytelling project about Wellston they are working on. It premieres 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on May 13th at StudioSTL, 3547 Olive Street, and its FREE.

Once again we have another opportunity of showing St. Louis just how much our beloved Wellston means to us by attending the premiere, enjoying an evening with other alumni.

Will you be there?

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



MAY, 2010

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.)                                


The above insignia was used on the school flag. The figure was designed and executed by Mr. Grachis. The flag was made in red and black Celanese, double-faced with a gold Trojan head and gold trimmings. The dimensions was four and a third by five and a half feet. Our flag was created and made in 1949.

1912 Saint Louis MO Postcard showing Wellston Street Car Station.


Sign on window: Golfers Smoke House. Bill board signs on buildings: Cigars; Chevy Chase.... Collars, and more.

WHS Alumni come to aid of
last WHS grads

by: Roger Noon '62 | FLASHLIGHT REPORTER

Thanks to many of our Alumni, we are well on our way to helping many of the young men and women who will be a part of the last graduating class of our WHS school system. The Wellston schools will be merged into the Normandy District beginning in September. 

We have a unique opportunity to touch the lives of many of these seniors and remind them they carry on a heritage that stretches over three quarters of a century.  Many of these young men and women have limited resources to reach for the next step of a college or vocational education.  Providing scholarship monies will go a long way toward helping their dreams come true.  It is also a reminder our Alumni did not end with the change of the school name, but need to include the classes from Halter and Eskridge High as well.

I challenged the Alumni Classes to help with monetary donations. For those of you who have responded, a big THANK YOU! is extended for your generosity and concern. 

For those who have sat on the sidelines, it’s time to get into the game! This onetime effort can make a big difference. Mail contributions to: WHS Alumni, PO Box 774, O'Fallon, MO 63366

I urge you to join me graduation day, May 21st. (6:30 @ Harris Stowe State University, 3026 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103) when your gift of encouragement will be presented.

There is no better feeling then to know you have made a difference!   Consider your contribution as a Thank You gift to the school which gave us so much in memories and friends.  Roger Noon '62




MAY, 2010


WHS Documentary sponsored by:


May 13, 2010-
Storytelling video of Wellston
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Centene Center for Arts & Education
3547 Olive Street in Grand Center
free admission and parking

www.studiostl.org - 314-289-4080
email: [email protected] by May 7th

For more information contact:
WHS Alumni Club

Dianna Ijames '65 donated her memorabilia to the alumni club so it could be preserved and shown at future Reunions and/or gatherings. She saved Playbill's from several school plays, basketball tournaments, 3 pencils, a license plate cover, and Flashlight Newsletters from all four years she was in school. Some of these have been scanned and posted to the Internet for your enjoyment. Eventually, all Flashlights will be posted..
Also archived for alumni enjoyment is Ray Woodworth's '53 Drama Letter and certificate. We have letter and letter sweaters from sports and band but this is the first drama letter shared.

 I read the results of the WHS Social.  It sounds like it all went very well.  I'm so glad.  I know so many people are crushed about losing the entire school district.  Looking back over our lives, Wellston was such a nice place to grow up and the school system was great.  So many sweet memories.  So different from today's world.  It's sad that no-one is inclined to renovate the area, rather than destroy it.  Congratulations on a great project. Sandy Whiat '57


L-R: Carl Henley '62, Sharon Cain '65, Jerry Southard '65, Shirley Dawes '65, and Jack Jeffries '62.

Jack Jeffries '62 and his wife Shirley Dawes '65 spent spring break with Carl Henley '62, his wife Sharon Cain '65 and Jerry Southard in Hot Springs, AR. Since we had such a cold winter and spring, they didn't catch any fish to brag about but sure did have a lot of fun remembering the good old days. -

Trojan tee shirts were sold as a fundraiser by the school to help raise funds to offset cost for the prom and senior trip. There are still some available from Small to 5X. All the basketball championships are listed on the back. We were district Champs in 1927, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2010.  COST: $12. ea or (2) for 20  Contact Ms. Sharp @ 314-392-3664

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

No known alumni passed in the month of April


Condolences to:
 Larry Peacock '59 in the loss of his Mother in December and Father in February.

60th Wedding Anniversary

Jack Schlieker '45 and his wife Virginia are celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary June 13th with an open house-reception in Denver, CO (their hometown). They have invited their classmates and the new friends they've made at Reunion 2006 and 2009.

If you live in or visiting the Denver area at this time, why not stop in helping to celebrate this happy event with the Schlieker's and meet up with some WHS alumni's in the process?  Invitation

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]



May 1 Norma Polk '50
Pat Lanier '62
May 8 Robert Percival '52
Beverly Chapman '63
May 20 Bill Judd '49
Ben Blanton '56
May 2 Tony Busalacchi '61
May 9 Nancy Gereau '69
May 21 Tom Manley '67
May 3 George Calvin '44 May 10 Judy McIntosh '60 May 22 Beverly Jackson
May 5 Jackie Smith '51
Pete Reitz '51
May 11 Martha Ziff '63 May 23 Bob Steers '57
Judy Hedley '60
May 6 Linda Hopen '63 May 14 Carol Brophy '54 May 27 Lee Erwin '57
Ellen Williams '61
May 7 Nora Bickle '51
Ralph Giddens '70
May 19 Loretta Hulahan May 28 Jim Stiles '62

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



MAY, 2010

 by: Dorothy (Holland) Dahl | Class 1954

Ken (Dahl '53) and I just read the online Welhisco Flashlight…. What a pleasure to read all the fond memories you all have. We’ll add a few more, if that’s OK.

First of all, Sandy Gibbons mentioned the taxi stand……… it was at the corner of Easton and Irving Ave. I, Dot, lived on Irving and passed it every morning on my way to school. The drivers were really flirts, so you had your choice; them or the gang of young guys (mostly dropouts), some were in the “Wellston Gang: that hung out on the other side of the street at the Deluxe Café and the county bus station.

After high school there were five of us  grads who work upstairs at Household Finance Company at the corner of Easton and Irving. We were Martha McFall, Pat Wicks, Bobbie Weber, Rosella Werremeyer and myself. I mention this work crew because our boss said “I have never had such a gabby and fun loving group working for me before, but I’ve never had them knock out as much work as your girls". We were all good friends picking up each other’s loose ends so nobody fell on her face.

 When the weather was nice, the windows on the Irving side would be open and our desks were lined up on that side. Those guys would give us catcalls most of the day until our boss would either look out the windows angrily at them or close the windows.

 The café later became Rolla’s where we stuffed ourselves with burgers, etc. Downstairs was the Mavrakos candy store which we patronized much too often, but no one could beat their heavenly hash and turtles. At that time, we were young and in shape so we got by with it.

As I mentioned living on Irving Ave., our apartment faced the Masonic Temple and backed in to the Hodiamont tracks. This was interesting that you could sit on the back steps and watch the winos who sat or lay on the tracks at all hours. It was just up a little ways up from the ‘loop”.

In the loop there was Ellerbrock’s bakery and a very good cafeteria, but I don’t remember the name of it. Also on that side of Easton at Hodimont was Floyd Hecklel Florist and Leona’s Hat Shop. That lady had utmost patience when we young girls, without a penny to spend, would come in and spend an hour trying on the hats. Just imagine trying that today!

You could purchase anything on Easton, from formals to shoes to housedresses.      There was John Albert’s, Bakers Shoes, Burt Shoes, Saffren's, Busy Bee, the Emporium, Libson Shop, Mode O’Day and J.C. Penney, just to name a few. Our crowd made the trek every Saturday (after a Coke at Bennett’s, of course) to pay off Exmoor sweaters and Ship n’ Shore blouses we had put in “will call”. We only had a dollar or so each week so it took quite awhile to get your item out of hock and actually wear it to school. Our parents would have had a stroke had we mentioned ‘charging’ anything. This period was before the first shopping center was opened at Northland. It was also when we were still ‘on foot’ and the Wellston shopping district was one of the nations’ best.

Another commodity readily available was junk food. I mentioned Mavrakos, but on the way to high school each morning you passed two bakeries and most mornings I would sit in homeroom and scarf down a couple of cherry Danish. Between that and afterschool French fries at Bennett’s I was able to keep my weight UP. At Bennett’s, the girls BOUGHT, and the guys ATE most of our food and played pinball if they had the nickel, but many just observed the scene due to the lack of money.

It was a ritual to attend the Wellston Show on Friday nights with the ‘girls’. Sometimes getting a little rowdy and being asked to ‘pipe down’ by the usher. (They were soooo handsome in their uniforms). My guy, Ken Dahl, never had any money so he met me outside after the show and walked me home. That was our Friday night date. Then he would jump off my porch and run home to Chatham Avenue, almost to Page. 

The rest of the story:




MAY, 2010

A Weekly To-Do List to help Delay or Prevent


by: Mari (Treadway) Roades '65 | FLASHLIGHT REPORTER

The prospect of losing the ability  to think, reason and remember people, places and events strikes fear into the hearts of everyone as they age, and rightly so. Dementia is on the rise, every seven seconds a person’s future is forever altered by the diagnosis. In the US ,an estimated 4.5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease (AD),  the most common form of dementia.  Experts expect that number to quadruple by 2050, when the last baby boomers turn 90.

 Genetics Doesn’t Dictate Fate.  A growing sense of helplessness has emerged as the evidence mounts that AD risk is influenced by your genes.  The most recent evidence of this is from researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, who looked at the genes of 100 healthy 90 year olds living independently and found they all had genetic profiles that protected them against AD.

But is senility an inevitable result of aging for everyone else?  Not at all. Heredity accounts for relatively few cases of dementia, even AD.  Moreover, there’s plenty you can do to help maintain your brain for years to come, which conveniently includes the same things you do to prevent heart disease and stroke.  Here is some advice for staving off dementia.

Protect Heart and Head.  Vascular dementia results from small strokes (transient ischemic attacks also known as TIAs) that alter blood supply to the brain, crippling cognitive ability. To reduce the risk of TIA’s, control blood pressure and blood cholesterol with a healthy lifestyle and medication as needed:

·                         ·  Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to boost your potassium intake.

·                         ·  Limit processed foods to reduce sodium intake.

·                         ·  Limit saturated and trans fats by eating less meat and more fish, whole- grains, nuts, seeds and low-fat dairy.

Mind Your B’s.  People with AD tend to have higher blood levels of homocysteine, a rogue amino acid that increases the risk of dementia. Getting enough of the B vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid (folate) keeps homosysteine in check:

·       Eat fortified cereals, nuts, legumes, lean meats, seafood and eggs.

·       Take a daily multivitamin supplement that provides at least 100% of vitamins B6,  B12 and folic acid.


Feed Your Head. Fruits, Vegetables and whole grains contain nutrients that stave off brain cell damage:

·       Include at least three servings of whole grains plus five to nine of fruits and vegetables every day as part of a diet low in saturated and Trans fats.

Fish for Omega-3s One fish meal a week was enough to reduce the risk of AD in the Chicago Health and Aging Project, which followed more than 800 adults for about four years; consuming even more omega-3s from foods further reduced risk.

·       Eat fish instead of meat and poultry at least twice weekly.

·       Include plant food rich omega-3s, such as walnuts, flaxseed, and soy and canola oil, in your diet regularly.

Move It, Don’t Lose It.  A  recent study that followed more than 1700 healthy people  65 and older for six years found that those who exercised a minimum of 15 minutes at least three times weekly had a 32% lower risk of developing dementia that those who were less active.

·                        ·     Participate in moderate activity for at least 15 minutes three times a week (ideally, for 30 minutes on most days for cardiovascular and other benefits).
·  Break of Cognitive Sweat. Exercise our brain to ward off decline; people who do mental gymnastics run a lower risk of AD.

·                        ·  Read the Morning paper.

·                        ·  Visit a museum.

·                        ·  Take dancing lessons.

·                        ·  Solve puzzles. Try the challenge of The New York Times crosswords.

                 ·  Stay Engaged. Older adults with a rich network of friends and who participate in social activities tend to preserve brain function better than those who don’t socialize.

·                        ·  Visit with family and friends.

·                        ·  Schedule social events regularly.

·                        ·  Talk to new people.

 Control Diabetes.  You’re more at risk for dementia if you have diabetes,  especially if blood glucose  levels  are not in control.

·                                    ·  Maintain a healthy weight.

·                                     ·  Limit refined grains; emphasize whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

·                         ·  Be active every day. If you can’t get outside, walk up and down stairs.

·                         ·  Take prescribed medications regularly.  Love,   Love,



MAY, 2010

The Music Goes Round and Round…
and it comes out here!

by: Roger Noon '62 | FLASHLIGHT REPORTER

            Music was an integral part of the WHS experience for most students. Not only was there the Concert and Pep Bands, but a Dance Band ensemble as well. In looking through the Yearbooks, I remembered the Chorus, but didn’t remember there was a Ballroom Dancing Club as well. How did I miss that? That had to be some kind of fun with all the girls in it!

            Anyway, I give Mr. Bracken a lot of credit in his years as Band Director. He had to contend with a lot of sour notes and talking at practices when we should have been listening or playing. In the trombone section we had Jack Jeffries, David Keen and Gary Huffstutter. I laughed a lot and they were always cracking me up!  It’s a miracle he didn’t lose his sanity! But somehow, we always managed to be ready for concert presentations in the auditorium. The uniforms we wore were “hand-me-downs” for a long time, but since they fit (most of the time), we thought we looked pretty good.  

            The band that played at Football games and took the field at halftime was an experience! I don’t remember there being no more than two dozen of us at most to play. Unfortunately our formations on the field were less than perfect. They could have been called the “wavy line” presentations! I was playing drums at the time and found they were constantly “moving” where I was not playing or marching, so a lot of “air” music was not heard! And it always seemed as if the field was muddy, so the uniforms took a big hit as well.

            Playing in the Pep Band was fun! Cooped up at the end of the gym and near one of the baskets, our music was heard and then some! We would play and get all kinds of handclap responses when the team was ahead in a game. It was something less when they were behind and we were trying to urge them on.  Playing slide trombone at the time, you had to have it tilted up, otherwise you would hit one of the metal retainers. That would indeed smart!

            Dance Band was great. We had the chance to play some contemporary pieces and jazz as well. The fun was watching the students dance, enjoy themselves and with us having a good time providing the music.  It almost felt “professional” with those special music stands we had.

            Wellston had some great “choruses” in my opinion. The girls were fabulous singers. I remember singing in one of them when we did a piece called “The Brooklyn Baseball Cantata”.  Christmas concerts were memorable. I think I was a reader for one of them if the yearbook doesn’t lie and that’s really me!

            I had learned drums before entering High School (from Hugo School of Music in Wellston) and switched to trombone when there was a need for some in the Band. (Also took voice lessons until my tenor-soprano voice became baritone-bass). But during and after High School I played drums in several music groups to help pay for my car, other expenses and higher education. This has also paid off in terms of my career as a minister with singing in choirs, writing additional verses to hymns, choosing new Christian music as well as standard hymns for the congregation and encouraging instrumentalists. Have played the drums (bongos) only once or twice for church concerts. Anytime I head music I like, I start doing a beat with my hands as I would on the drums. Old habits just don’t die, do they? Roger Noon ‘62      

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



MAY, 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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Senior personal ads seen in
The Villages Daily Sun’ (Florida)

(Who says seniors don't have a sense of humor?)

Sexy, fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty,
80's, slim, 5'4' (used to be 5'6'),
searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion.
Matching white shoes and belt a plus.

Recent widow who has just buried fourth husband,
am looking for someone to round out a six-unit plot.
Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath not a problem.

I am into solitude, long walks, sunrises, the ocean, yoga and meditation.
If you are the silent type, let's get together,
take our hearing aids out and enjoy quiet times.

Active grandmother with original teeth seeking a dedicated flossier to share rare steaks, corn on the cob
and caramel candy.

I still like to rock, still like to cruise in my Camaro on Saturday nights and still like to play the guitar.
If you were a groovy chick, or are now a groovy hen,
let's get together and listen to my eight-track tapes.

I can usually remember Monday through Thursday.
If you can remember Friday, Saturday and Sunday, let's put our two heads together.

Male, 1932, high mileage, good condition, some hair,
many new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves.
Isn't in running condition, but walks well.

                                       * * * * * *

 A doctor relaxing at home for the evening answers his phone and hears the familiar voice of a colleague on the other end of the line.

 "We need a fourth for poker," said the friend.

 "I'll be right over," whispered the doctor.

 As he was putting on his coat, his wife asked, "Is it serious?"

 "Oh yes, quite serious," said the doctor gravely. "In fact, there are three doctors there already!" 

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