42nd Edition
First issue         November, 1920


                                                June, 2010


Trojan Head designed by  
Kermit Ruyle '47

List of donors who were happy to to make a difference in a grads life


27 Months until

 Reunion 2012



June Birthday's

Missing Alumni
in May:


Wardell  Sellers '39


Bob Bonney '59


Willie Bowen '64


 Doris Deloney '66


Dora Penilton '67


Patricia Deloney '67


WHS Club - 2010
Member Names

Thanks for your support











Hodiamont Street Car &
Wellston School District
 by: JoAnn Croce

May 21, 2010 - the last graduating class from WHS

The class of 2010 sat patiently in their shiny, crisp cap and gowns waiting to receive their diplomas. They listened to Harvey Cloyd '57 as he told how his class of '57 was first to have a black student graduate. He spoke to their parents and siblings telling them not to be afraid of change. Normandy has so much more to offer. With the school merger new doors would open up for them with better opportunities and more benefits.

Superintendent, Dr. Charles Brown spoke of how proud he was with all 30 grads and how they were all accepted and continuing their education. How they could break the cycle and make a difference in society.

In March, Roger Noon '62 started a campaign to 'Give Back' to a community that gave us our start in life. A chance to help make the difference for a few deserving students with some financial aide. To show some interest and concern in their future. 33 alumni (from '39 to '69) have generously contributed along with WHS Alumni Club, $3,750.00. Five (5) Scholastic Awards were presented by Roger Noon graduation night.

Timothy Bright

Michelle Davis, Carmen Harris
(Click pictures to enlarge)

 (Twins) James and Jamaine Woolford

Ben Blanton '56 is working on getting a FULL scholarship from Lindenwood College for a student living in the city of Wellston or Hillsdale. (More on this as it becomes available).

There are so many bright young students needing a little help and support to continue their education. They need to know someone cares about them and what they do in their future.

When you watch the short films on the next page, remember these were produced and filmed by WHS students, some as young as freshmen. They have talent. We have the opportunity to help them develop it.

The school district may be gone be we will continue trying to make a difference and give back to our community.

May 21, 1966 -
Street Car Service halted after 107 years

Slide show of Street car Pictures and its demise.

ATTN: Class of '60:
50th Reunion will be held on October 2, 2010 @ Grappa Grill
Check your mail for more information as it becomes available




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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.)                              

We all heard how pictures say a thousand words, these share memories. Click a picture and let one of the spoke persons take you down that sweet memory lane. This is guaranteed to spark a little interest in our yesteryear, a look at today and maybe a glimpse of tomorrow.




Basketball game is from 44-1947 - boys sitting on the floor is from 1941 - 1942
(click pictures to enlarge)

The building should have been torn down years ago.  With the cash strapped city, it would be impossible coming up with the million or so dollars just to get rid of the asbestosis alone. With so many decaying buildings in Wellston, it will be interesting to see what happens as time goes on.

Click picture to enlarge

Bob Haefner '49 models school clothing worn in 1946.
The manufacturer and brand labels were inside of the clothes.
T-Shirts were for underwear or gym class.
No logos or political comments on clothes
A penny showing in each of the shoes O.K.

Levis made it as WHS  OK if neat,
Included leather brand name outside

Photo taken on the West side of the school at Wells Ave
(The tree is still there)





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  May 21st was a bitter sweet day as the last student would ever graduate from Wellston High School. These 30 grads were so excited as they had completed their high school education but sad knowing they would be the last class ever to walk across a stage receiving a WHS diploma.

Remarkably all the graduates from Wellston, one of the poorest urban communities in our state were all accepted into some sort of higher education.  To reward and show these young men and women we care about them and their future, the Alumni came together sending in donations to a Scholarship Fund which was awarded Graduation night. Since the suggestion came from Roger Noon, the award was named after him.

Donations of $3,750.00 was collected and distributed to five (5) students who submitted an essay saying why they should be considered for the award. The amount they received went according to their GPA.

Scholastic Scholarship awards were given to (click name to view actual award):


 Timothy Bright (3.63) - Culver Stockton College
 Carmen Harris (3.55) - Culver Stockton College
 Jamaine Woolfolk (3.28) - SIU - Edwardsville
 Michelle Davis (2.88) - Harris Stowe State University
 James Woolfolk (2.84) - SIU - Edwardsville

Thanks to all who participated in making a difference and showing students we care. The recipients were surprised and happy with the much needed financial aid. Funds will be sent to the college of their choice and available to use for tuition, books or housing. Below are some comments received with their donations.

  My sister, Doris '66 and I are honored to be part of this momentous occasion. I will be at the graduation Friday, May 21, 2010. I hope to see more classmates from Wellston there too. I did attend the documentary last week and enjoyed it very much. Are there any more T-shirts available for purchase? Thank you so much for keeping the WHS spirit alive. Pat (Deloney) Ross '67
Thanks for the reminder.  It's a great feeling to know that there are caring alums who still think about helping the Wellston community.  Bob Mason '60



Great Idea, Roger! My contribution is enclosed for academic awards for the 2010 graduates of Wellston High School. Pay back time! Regards, Beverly Jackson '61

My Mother, Helen Kocher '39 , was a proud charter member of Wellston's National Honor Society. Please accept a donation to the final class's scholarship fund in her behalf. Good luck to all. Also, I've just learned my mom's best friend, Wardell Sellers '39 would enjoy reading your newsletter. I am enclosing a check for both. Roe Ann, Daughter    

Thanks to Roger Noon for being the point man for this "Giving Back" effort for the class of 2010. I graduated in '66 and am giving $66.00 to the scholarship fund. I can remember my needs and concerns when I was in their shoes  (cap and gowns), paying it forward. John Patredis '66


View all contributors who shared some of their wealth, helping to make a difference:

FYI – The name of the Cafeteria located in the loop was Eddie’s Cafeteria – they also had another cafeteria at Easton Avenue and Taylor. Thanks for the memories! Louise (Landsbury) Overbey ‘65

I enjoyed the comments from Dorothy (Holland) Dahl, ‘54.  What a wonderful memory and it brought back so many great things about Wellston. It is such a shame that no one in the future will have those things to remember.  I think we had the best of times of all generations before or after us.  Peggy (Taylor) Carnes ‘57

I have a new puppy who was born on March 7th. I named her Heidi. She is just too cute. Gary Huffstutter '62


Notre Dame Reunion

May 19, 2010 equals another successful reunion. What a day it was seeing and enjoying families, friends and schoolmates from our grade school. How wonderful to relive so many memories looking at pictures and talking to friends.

This year 85 alumni attended. So many pictures and stories were passed
around jogging our memories. Everyone is hoping and looking forward to next year’s reunion, hoping everyone will return for more visiting again.

Next year our good friend, Bud O’Brien volunteered to bring a jug of memory serum for those that are having a little trouble remembering various things aka having ‘senior moments’! (Thanks Bud!)

A big thank you to Jerry Sullivan for all his time and work putting this together each year. We appreciate all you do.

View more pictures

Bill Cary is the only guy from '47 who attended!

Come on '47 guys, Bill needs a little help - after all....he's only one guy!!! 

1947 semi annual luncheon

The class of '47 held their semi-annual lunch April 28th at Lewis & Clark restaurant in St. Charles.  Those present were from left, Elva Torrence, Billie Smith's daughter JoAnn and Billie.  Betty Smith, Jim Shaw ('45) Clara Fricke, June Oswald with her friend Ralph (partially hidden) Norma Edwards, Agnes Bickle (partially hidden) Lorraine Roche, Mary Chott and Bill Cary. 

It has been one year since the group has included our male classmates and so far Bill Cary is the only man that has attended.  In checking the list there are many male classmates living out of state but there are several right here in the area.  Please let us hear from you. Bill needs a little help~



June 2 Mike McGinnis '62
June 11 Dave April '60 June 23 Frank Larson '51
June 4 Gertrud Eberle '50
Jerry Masters '60
 June 12 Kendall Carroll '59
Germaine Williams '67
June 25 Gloria Schwenk '59
June 5 Ruth Johnson '36
Bill Ridgeway '53
June 14 Pat Tiernan '53
Josephine Chiesa '61
June Bill Braucksieker '45
June 6 Jerry Grooms '53
Dave Ritterbusch '54
June 18 Don Schaeffer '51 June 29 Gary Brooks '65
Carol Angel '68
June 7 June Oswald '47 June 19 Robert Perkins '50
Joan Smoot '55
June 30 Charles Scherer '46
June 10 Jack Jeffries '62 June 21 Carl Gamma '56

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



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                                 June, 2010

Shirley Foust '63

Where in the World is Shirley Foust '63?
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



Our Wellston Trojan
Classmates Remembered List

Rest in Peace


Classmates Remembered

Harry McEuen '68
Passed 5/06/10
Congestive Heart Failure
Guest Book


Condolences to:
 Toni (Cocotte) McEuen (Mercy High '68) in the loss of her husband Harry
Sandy (Chumley) Cicotte '69 in the loss of  her brother in law, Harry McEuen '68

Harry-My "Biggest Flirt and most talkative" co winner from high school, friend and neighbor. I am saddened to hear this and hope his family and friends can get some comfort in knowing what a great boy, guy and man he was. I first knew him from the 'boy' stage. We were all close in the 'Wellston' area and he will be missed. Pat Funke Hewett '68
It's particularly sad to hear about Harry. For some very odd reason, I was thinking about him the other day. Although I didn't know him well (he was a senior when I was a freshman) he had this bigger-than-life presence that was always fun to be around. Ollie Malone '71


Secretary/Treasurer, Jim Shaw has prepared the balance sheet from Reunion 2009. It will be sent to all who attended Reunion 2009 plus the Guarantors' who did not attend either via email (if available) or snail mail.

So everything was still fresh in everyone's mind, questionnaires were sent right after Reunion 2009.  94 responses were mailed back. Of the responses, 57 were positive (several saying it was the best and/or nicest Reunion they'd ever attended), 33 mixed replies, and 4 negative.  4 responses were received unsigned - 2 were positive, 2 negative.


From '36 to '49
39 couples = 58 alumni/guest
(19 responded)

'50 to '59
101 couples = 153 alumni/guest
(43 responded)

'60 to '69
111 couples = 157 alumni/guest
(28 responded)

NOTE FROM THE EDITORS: Don't forget to keep us updated when switching Internet providers or moving so your email address is current . A lot of emails have been returned marked as 'user unknown'.



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                                 June, 2010

Eric Pirtle '65

Eric Pirtle ’65 bought his first guitar when he was 14 years old out of a Sears & Roebuck catalog. He taught himself how to play using his right hand even though he was left handed. His first band was formed with kids from the neighborhood, which included Fred Barnett, Craig Percell, Dan Kirkland, Kathy Hawkins and Ronnie Zimmerman. They called themselves the Welltones.  They started playing for different events at Wellston High school between 1962 and 1965. His basketball coach wasn’t pleased at all about that.  But he knew he could do both. Those were some great and memorable times!

          He then joined a band called The Bon-Terres. Sharon Wilson was the lead singer. They landed a recording contract with Decca Records who sent them to Chicago to record “Your Love”.  They were on the top 10 list in Billboard Magazine.

          Throughout the 1970s Eric played in a band called F-TroopF-Troop was a 10 piece band with a horn section.  They became well known because of their involvement with the Variety Club Show on television. People to this day still come up saying to him “I remember you, you played guitar in F-Troop”.

          In the 1980s he played in a couple of bands such as Eric & the Dynamics and the Sugar Alley Band. From 1984-1992 he was put on 2nd shift at Chrysler which made him unable to be in a band.  In 1992 he was put back on 1st shift. He was able to join up with the Chuck Clay Revue then.  Chuck Clay was Chuck Berry’s son-in-law. The band played with Chuck Berry from time to time and would also open up some of his shows at Blueberry Hill. Eric was with Chuck Clay Revue for about 7 or 8 years. During that time they were one of the house bands at Riverstar Café in the historical district on Main St in St Charles. They played outside on their patio/sidewalk. People would hang out of windows, sit on rooftops and would dance in the street. Those memories will last him a lifetime.

 Unfortunately Chuck Clay passed away in 2001. In the past 9 years Eric only plays if someone needs a guitar player to sit in or if someone is getting a band together for a fundraiser or such. Once a year in July a band he was in, The Electric Soul (early 70’s) gets together for a reunion in Columbia, Mo. They jam from noon on Saturday until daybreak Sunday morning.   Band members come from across the country to attend this reunion. A lot of the students from the University and hospital staff members show up to hear the sounds. It is such a great time.

Eric Pirtle has played with a lot of different people and bands.  Some are not mentioned but not forgotten, the list is too long to include them all.  His passion for music is still strong and he has enjoyed every moment of it. He’s retired and enjoying life with his wife, children and grandchildren. He still plays music every chance he gets.





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Fresh, Frozen or Canned:
Which is Best?
by: Mari (Treadway) Roades '65 | FLASHLIGHT REPORTER

Fresh produce is the healthiest, although frozen can be a nutritious alternative.

Everyone know that it’s important to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, but does it matter how you get them?  Lynn Goldstein, MS, RD, CDN, the nutritionist at Weill Cornells Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, whether it’s better to buy fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and veggies.

“Ideally we want to be eating fresh produce,” Goldstein says.  “However, if you buy fresh produce and don’t eat it fresh and let it sit in the refrigerator or on the counter for too long, you lose a lot of the nutritional value to oxidation.”


Not only does fruit taste great, it’s low in fat and high in vitamins and minerals.  Because of its sweet taste, fruit is a healthy alternative to unhealthy dessert options like cakes and cookies.  You can buy fruit in several different forms, but fresh is the best way to go.  If you don’t want to buy fresh fruit, frozen fruit is a good alternative.  Frozen fruit is picked and preserved fresh and therefore stays fresh until thawed.

Canned fruit, on the other hand, is a bit different.  Typically, canned fruit is peeled and often processed prior to canning and therefore loses a lot of it’s nutritional value.  “When you lose the peel you lose a lot of the fiber.

In addition, most canned fruit is preserved in high fructose corn syrup, which means you’re getting a lot of unhealthy excess sugar.  If you opt to buy canned fruit, try to find fruit that has been preserved in its own natural juices, or wash off the extra syrup before eating.


 Vegetables are an important part of your diet because they contain powerful antioxidants that help ward off disease and keep you fit and healthy.  As is the case with fruit, fresh vegetables are your healthiest choice.  However, canned and frozen vegetables are a great alternative to fresh because they are typically picked and packaged at the peat of freshness, and the canning or freezing process helps to preserve their nutritional value.  Some canned vegetables contain excess sodium, so check the label first before purchasing; there may be a low-sodium alternative available.

When it comes to vegetables, regardless of fresh, canned or frozen, eating vegetables any way you can get them is better than not eating them at all.  You should find what works for your life-style and budget and go with that.

What about safety?

It seems like almost every month a new food is recalled because it poses a health threat.  Within the past year, several vegetables including spinach, carrots and green beans have been recalled.  It’s as though the foods that are supposed to keep people healthy are suddenly making them sick.  Bacteria can contaminate the soil or water where produce is grown and the food can also become contaminated during harvesting, preparation, and storage.  As a result, all goods—including fresh, frozen and canned produce can become contaminated.

Unfortunately, some cases of contamination are unavoidable, but there are steps you can take to try to protect yourself.  Inspect fresh fruits and vegetables before buying to make sure they are not rotten, and check cans for any dents or dings.  You should also pay attention to “use by” and expiration dates.

What you should know about buying and washing produce 

  • Examine the product for brown, bruised, or moldy spots.  If you notice such areas after you’ve bought it, cut that part away to prevent the bacteria or mold from spreading.
  • When you get home, put your produce in the refrigerator to retard the development of bacteria and to keep the items fresher longer.
  • Before eating, wash the produce under cold water.  If it has a hard surface, like an apple or potato, scrub it with a brush.  Don’t use soap, which can be absorbed into the food.
  • If you’re preparing any kind of meat or poultry, don’t use the same cutting board to slice produce to avoid cross-contamination.





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I  think it started in Junior High. I know it continued throughout High School. It was a bit surprising to look in past issues of the Flashlight and at times notice it was only composed of female members.

by: Roger Noon '62 | FLASHLIGHT REPORTER

Wellston had two bowling alleys within walking distance of the downtown business area.  It seems that I first started bowling at a set of lanes a few blocks off Easton Avenue during my Junior High years. Don’t know how I got started, but I became a regular and enjoyed it. So, when I moved into High School, it was a natural that I would sign up for the Bowling Club under the supervision of Mrs. Frances Damerval.

 In the late 50’s and early 60’s the sport of bowling was peaking. As mentioned in earlier commentaries, most the major beer manufacturers (Strohs, Hamms, Budweiser, Falstaff, etc.) had teams to field. The competition among them was fierce. I would scan the Post Dispatch each afternoon when I came home from school to see how the teams did in the “beer league”, who was in the lead and what kind of statistics they put up.

It was almost like baseball. There were favorite St. Louis bowlers that I would be pulling for. Little did I realize that Don Carter was a WHS graduate!  His bowling delivery style was most unique and I don’t think has ever been copied.  There were his teammates like Ray Bluth, Tom Hennessy, Pat Patterson and Dick Weber, also excellent at the game.  Both of Don’s wives, Laverne and Paula, were superb women bowler's as well, so they made for a very competitive couple.      

I remember once at the Wellston Lanes the beer league guys came to compete.  The place was mobbed with people and I was one of them. It must have been the high point for that business. It surely was a high point for me to ooh and aah watching these guys compete. It seemed that night all the pins were falling apart because there was so much noise with the bowling balls hitting them at such force! And so many strikes as well!

I stayed with the Bowling Club throughout the four years and as a result won some trophies. But bowling is a team sport in the same fashion as football, basketball, etc. So winning is a result of team members doing their best, encouraging one another, and help from any kind of handicap (or lack of one) you might have compared to the team you played.

Can’t remember if any of the teams I was on ever won a league championship, but I know I had some great times and got to know a number of Wellston students in other classes as well as in my own.  Of course you also see what a bad game can do for one’s attitude as well as bowling a great score.  In my freshman year I enjoyed watching and learning from the participating Seniors of 1958-59: Bob Vickers, Ruth Easton, Robert Goodwin, Clifton Gregory, Larry Peacock, Judy Stephens, Dorothy Taylor and Lyman Winder.

It’s been a long time ago. The bowling alleys in Wellston are no more as I knew them. I have been in some league play from time to time where I have traveled and settled.  Still today, I love to bowl and wish I could do it more. I thank Wellston schools for giving me the opportunity and encouragement by offering it to the students. 

Roger Noon ‘62

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



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                                 June, 2007

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

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

Phone  636-696-4693


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Send in Your Story!
Let us know where you’ve been and what you’ve done with your life.  Everyone loves a good story – what better reading then about someone you know!! 


The day finally arrived.   Forrest Gump dies and goes to Heaven. He is at the Pearly Gates, met by St. Peter himself.  However, the gates are closed, and Forrest approaches the gatekeeper

St. Peter said, 'Well, Forrest,
 it is certainly good to see you.  We have heard a lot about you.  I must tell you, though, that the place is filling up fast, and we have been administering an entrance examination for everyone.  The test is short, but you have to pass it before you can get into Heaven.

Forrest responds, 'It sure is
 good to be here, St. Peter, sir.  But nobody ever told me about any entrance exam.  I sure hope the test ain't too hard.  Life was a big enough test as it was.

St. Peter continued, 'Yes, I know, Forrest, but the test is only three questions.

First: what two days of the week begin with the letter T?

Second: How many seconds are there in a year?

Third: What is God's first name?'

Forrest leaves to think the questions over.  He returns the next day and sees St. Peter, who waves him up, and says, 'Now that you have had a chance to think the questions over, tell me your answers.'

Forrest replied, 'Well, the first one -- which two days in the week begins with the letter 'T'? Shucks, that one is easy.   That would be Today and Tomorrow.

The Saint's eyes opened wide and he exclaimed, 'Forrest, that is not what I was thinking, but you do have a point, and I guess I did not specify, so I will give you credit for that answer.  How about the next one?' asked St. Peter. 'How many seconds in a year?

Now that one is harder,' replied Forrest, 'but I thunk and thunk about that, and I guess the only answer can be twelve.

Astounded, St. Peter said, 'Twelve? 
 Twelve?  Forrest, how in Heaven's name could you come up with twelve seconds in a year?

Forrest replied, 'Shucks, there's got to be twelve: January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd...

'Hold it, interrupts St. Peter. 
  'I see where you are going with this, and I see your point, though that was not quite what I had in mind....but I will have to give you credit for that one, too.  Let us go on with the third and final question. Can you tell me God's first name'?

'Sure,' Forrest replied, 'it's Andy.

'Andy?' exclaimed an exasperated
 and frustrated St Peter.  Ok, I can understand how you came up with your answers to my first two questions, but just how in the world did you come up with the name Andy as the first name of God?

 Shucks, that was the easiest one of all, Forrest replied.  'I learnt it from the song,

St. Peter opened the Pearly Gates, and said:
'Run, Forrest, run.'



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