45th Edition
First issue         November, 1920


                                 September, 2010


Trojan Head designed by  
Kermit Ruyle '47

24 Months until

 Reunion 2012



August Birthday's
Page 4

Missing Alumni
in August:


Bruce Ostendorf '64


Don Besancenez '69


WHS Club - 2010
Member Names

Thanks for your support

Class of '60 is celebrating their 50 reunion at
 Grappa Grill
October 2, 2010!
1:00 luncheon










Cool water
Secret sauce

 by: Sandy (Gibbons) LaRouche '57


There was a persistent rumor at Wellston High School. When our school was built, a choice had to be made. Would the school have a swimming pool/natatorium or a theater/ auditorium? We know which they chose.

If you wanted to swim in Wellston and didn’t have wheels, you had to hike or bike to Heman Park Pool, University City, our richer neighbor to the southwest.

Boys had it easy-roll swimming trunks into a towel, strap it on the bike. That’s the way they rolled then. Girls had to pack. We took beach towels, cover-ups, hairbrushes, makeup and the all important bottle of baby oil with iodine, suntan lotion of the ill informed. Few if any wore bikinis.

From my home, 6322 Ridge Ave., it was, and still is, exactly 2.5 miles. We measured driving the route we walked. By the time you got to Heman you needed cold water; by the time you left, 2.5 miles looked more like 50 miles.
Lorraine (Smith) Murray '57
wrote, “I remember mixing the baby oil and iodine, it's a wonder we didn't all get skin cancer.  I also remember bleaching my bangs and they turned green when I went swimming.  What great memories!”

(Notice in the above picture how everyone is laying on beach towels with their transistor radio's. Lounge chairs were not available back in those days.)

Diane (Clark) Sloan ‘65 remembers the Heman experience about the same way: lots of fun in the water and then the walk home, maybe stopping at Hamburger Heaven, Olive Street at Pennsylvania Ave., for fries with “double sauce” and something tall and cool, a carhop perhaps.
Pam (Ray) Hood ‘66
 has equally fond memories of Herman Park. I have fond memories of the fries served with two scoops of warm sauce in a little cardboard boat. The sauce was so great I could have eaten it on nails!  They used reconstituted dried onions too.
“The “Secret Sauce” was Brooks Barbecue Sauce with brown sugar”, wrote Wendy Haffner on Dave Lossos’ extremely interesting repository for St. Louis memories web site.  She says she charmed a car hop out of the recipe.

A U.City boy posting to that site, claims it was Maull’s Barbecue Sauce, with added brown sugar.  I think it might have been Brooks Tangy Catsup with sugar. It wasn’t dark like barbecue sauce. “Sauce” was served hot. Little squirting plastic packets of catsup can’t compare.

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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.)                              

Drama Class with Keith Wilson standing.

Sitting L-R: Visible are Lee Erwin '57, Charles Busalacchi, Ron Taylor, and Chico Arrington  (we think).

Look how nicely the boys are dressed.

Pictured on the right is: Mitchell Johnson, Chuck Lewis, Brenda Good in the foreground, Betty Simino and Charlie Busalacchi holding in  his tummy for the photo in the gym.
(Click pictures to enlarge) pictures by Sandy Gibbons

L - R: Peggy Taylor '57, Pat Steinhoff,  Margie Major and Lorraine Smith

I went to my old home today at 6322 Ridge and talked with the present owners and saw their rehab work, photographed the house and had a great time with them.  I have before and after photos.  There are at least 5 new occupied homes on the 6300 block of Ridge Ave.  Sandy Gibbons LaRouche '57

This photo is from a 75th birthday party (Sept. 19, 1999) for Norman Bewig.  80 folks came from near and far including 18 in this picture of Wellston Alumni, who graduated between the late 1930s and mid 1950s.

Front row, L-R: Dorma Lee Koch '44, Norman Bewig '42, Darline Tucker '42, Sandra Hague '59.

Middle Row, l-r: Earl Bewig, Dorothy Cafourek '41, Marge Shamel '41,
Dorothy Hoyt '42, Loraine Graeler '42, Rosemary Kase '42
Back row, l-r: Bill Moss, Larkin Daniel '42, Sam Bonney '42, Bob Smith '42, Doris Moskowitz, Rip Bewig, Rich Stopke '42 and Micky Collins '43.
The Great Depression days affected us in the 40s. If you look closely at the dresses the girls are wearing you will see they are made from 'feed sack' material. A lot of girls wore dresses made by their mother or grandmother.  For girls living on farms, the style and pattern of the fabric was a big factor in choosing which feed would be fed to the animals. Boys and girls alike wore simple but very stylish clothing for that time. (Feed sack material was available at Arcadia Feed Mills, 6674 Easton Ave.)

Television had not been invented in the 40s. People read the news was posted on buildings for people to read.

These pictures depict life in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with a focus on rural areas and farm labor, as well as aspects of World War II mobilization, including factories, railroads, aviation training, and women working.

The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division has preserved these original photographs and offers digital copies to ensure their wide availability. To view other photos Click Here:

Mr Heida's Class - 1953
Homeroom Class

Back Row: Bonnie Landsbury, Teresa Recht, Janie Schrum, John Dobbin, Jim Bausch, Bob Herndon, Roy Cawthorn, F Hall, R Hill, Ron Taylor
Third row: Sharon Narrell, ?, ? Dick Owens (white shirt w/black collar)??
Second row: Glenda Barker, Kathleen Bonney, Mary Ann Ziff, ? Joe Slatton (in chair)
Front row: Lorraine Smith, Pat Steinhoff, ?, Hap Sheperd,
If you can identify someone in the photo please email us the name!



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Pavilion A in Old Town Park
#1 Park Drive - St. Peters, Mo
10:30 am till ??????

Bring your picnic lunch, drinks and chairs/blanket and join your friends from Wellston at an all alumni picnic Oct 9th!
Let them know if you'll be ther
[email protected]

L-R: Sharon Denton, Kay Manley, Loetta Price, Marybeth Keller, Judy Hagan, Janice Cook, Don Tate (standing)

Recently some of those bratty Lenox kids met at Denny’s for a long overdue visit.  After some food and laughs, they went back to Judy Hagan’s home to continue the good time.  The idea of a picnic in the park was tossed around when Don Tate and Judy (Hagan) were talking on Facebook - it was mentioned again that evening.  They were each trying to talk the other one into planning a picnic in the park.   The group was excited about the idea and volunteered both Don and Judy to plan it.  As it turns out… two heads are better than one, because… WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PICNIC!  For more information call 636-696-4693.

Sometimes referred to as "the miracle mineral," this time-honored household ingredient is the natural solution for just about everything under your roof, from cleaning to insect control.

Borax, also known as sodium borate, is an a naturally occurring substance and an eco-friendly solution for many things around the house. Most commonly used as a cleaning agent, the uses extend far beyond that.

Talking with friends (ones far wiser than myself), and reading tips from Reader's Digest, Laundry Goddess and Green Living Tips I'm excited to share all the ways you can use this natural element to your greatest advantage. Here are 25 to get you started. Let us know about your own special uses and we'll keep updating the list.

(Safety Warning: Just because borax is natural, that doesn't mean it's harmless. You should always use gloves when handling it and keep it out of reach of children and pets. While safe in the diluted solutions, borax could be very harmful to children and pets if ingested.)


1. Keep roaches, waterbugs, and ants away by sprinkling a combination of equal parts all-natural borax and sugar.
2. Keep the mice out by sprinkling borax on the floor along the wall.
3. Get rid of bed bugs by sprinkling borax on your mattress. Let it sit and vacuum it up.
4. Kill fleas by sprinkling borax on your carpet. Leave it for an hour and vacuum it up thoroughly.


5. Scrub dirty pots and pans
with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of borax and warm water. Because borax is non-abrasive, it will work on the grime without damaging the surface material.
6. Remove a stubborn stain by mixing 1 cup of borax with 2 cups of warm water and apply the paste directly to the stain. Let it sit, then launder as usual. Remove carpet stains by dampening the stain thoroughly and rubbing some borax on it. Vacuum it then finish it off with a vinegar and water solution. Let it dry and repeat if necessary. Use this same method on soiled mattresses. It will get rid of both the odor and stain.
7. Remove rust by mixing the above solution with a tablespoon of lemon juice.
8. Make an all-purpose cleaner by mixing 2 tablespoons borax and 2 cups hot water in a spray bottle.
9. Removes oxidation from metals with borax. The ingredient is also used as a flux in welding.
10. Make your own floor and wall cleaner by mixing 1/3 cup borax, 1 tablespoons ammonia and 1 teaspoon dish detergent into 1 gallon of water.

laundry, borax

11. As a laundry detergent, add one cup of borax to each load and significantly boost your cleaning power.
12. Remove stains from stainless steel or porcelain sinks with this recipe: Make a paste with 1 cup borax and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Using a sponge or cloth, rub the stain with the paste. Rinse with warm water.
13. Clean your toilet with this solution: Dissolve 1/2 cup of borax with 1 gallon of water. Scrub the toilet with a strong brush, let it sit and flush to rinse. This non-abrasive cleaner can also be used in the bathtub or on counters.
14. Clean outdoor furniture by washing it with this mildew zapping solution: In a spray bottle, mix 1 teaspoon dish detergent, 1 teaspoon borax and 1 quart warm water.
15. Make your own dishwasher detergent by mixing 1tablespoons borax and 1tablespoons baking soda.


16. Minimize odor in your cat's litter box by mixing a few tablespoons of borax in with the litter.

17. Clean your garbage disposal by putting 3 tablespoons of borax down the drain. Let it sit for an hour and flush it with warm water. This will sanitize it, taking care of any smelly bacteria.
18. Remove mildew and mustiness from linens by soak them in 2 cups of borax mixed with 2 quarts of water. Let the linens sit for a few hours, then rinse them clean.
19. Unclog drains with 1/2 cup of borax followed by 2 cups of boiling water. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then run your water for a few minutes to flush it out.
20. Remove urine odor from a mattress. Wet the mattress rub in borax with a damp cloth. Let dry, then vacuum up the remaining residue.
21. Deodorize and clean your fridge by washing it with a borax and water solution.
22. Deodorize your garbage pail by filling it with borax and water. Let it soak then rinse it out. Sprinkle some borax in the bottom once it's clean. This will keep the bugs away and absorb any odor causing moisture

Other uses:

23. Kill weeds by sprinkling borax where you've seen weeds previously appear. This is useful for weeds that surface in concrete cracks and on walkways, but shouldn't be used in the garden because it will also kill your plants. Sprinkle some borax around the perimeter of the house too and you'll be free from ants and other intruding insects.
24. Soften your water when doing laundry by adding borax to the load.
25. Bring life back to your worn china by soaking it in a sink full of warm water and a 1/2 cup of borax. Rinse well and wash a second time as usual.

Along with these 25 household solutions, borax is used commercially as an ingredient in enamel glaze, adhesives, ink for indelible pens and is more recently being used in place of Mercury for extracting gold in smaller scale mining operations. In some countries, borax is used as a food additive, but is not approved for use as such in the United States.




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Our Wellston Trojan

Classmates Remembered List
Rest in Peace


Marie Bowles '39 passed from heart failure August 14th. Marie retired from Wagner Electric with 42 years of service. The Bowles family lived at 6228 Chatham Avenue.
Condolences to:
John '61 and Tom '62 Whiat in the passing of their sister Sandy Whiat '57 July 1st.
Tom O'Connor '61 and Carolyn (Ruff) Schroeder '62 in the passing of their son Ken August 10th.
Rich '43 and Jim '49 Bowles in the passing of their sister Marie '39 August 14th.
Janet Thompson '50 in the passing of her husband, Manuel August 18th


Sept 1 Lorna Kammeier '47
Ron Silver '58
Virginia Wallace '61
John Sullivan '67
Sept 11 Lloyd Anderson '53
Dave Esche '62
Janet Ruff '64
Sept 22

Sept 23


Sylvia Waldrum '56

Sally Beebe '65
Trudy Sowell '66

Sept 2 Janice Clark '61 Sept 12 Bob Brooks '49
Jim Bowles '49
Dianna Ijames '65
Sept 24 Charles Stanley '51
Sue Ann Dreyer '53
Sept 3 Carol Ridley '59 Sept 13 Stanley Dodd '41
Ron Mueller '65
Sept 25 Mary Kay Parker '56
Jenny Johnson '61
Nancy Forshee '65
Loretta Southard '68
Sept 5 Jack Brockman '46
Stephen Maassen '60
Carl Angelly '62
Ken Hughes '63
Sept 15   Wayne Scott '64
Linda Pruski ''65
Sept 26 Betty Lloyd '45
Gene Tiernan '45
Sept 6 Joyce McIntosh '59 Sept 18 Sharon Zeltmann '65 Sept 27 Rosemary Dachroede '43
Geneve Easton '62
Sept 7 Les Schwenk '60 Sept 19 Gary Huffstutter '62 Sept 29 Bert Miller '59
Pat Martin '60
Sept 10 Marion McFadden '56
Joe Heenan '61
Dorothy Dodd '65
Maribeth Florence '66
Sept 20

Sept 21

Darline Tucker '42

Donald Conner '52
Peggy Taylor '57

Sept 30 Don Hammond '47




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                                 September, 2010

Cool water and secret sauce

 by: Sandy (Gibbons) LaRouche '57
Continued from page 1

 Jerry Cebe and Don Price,’57, among other Wellston boys, carhopped there.  They would not have let anyone charm the secret of “The Sauce” out of them, or would they? They did tell how customers, from U. City, no doubt, would leave meager tips in leftover secret sauce, or drop the cherished tip into left over drinks. The income was for college-they put up with it. Work at Hamburger Heaven had worse hazards than fishing quarters out of sauce.

One summer, Jerry Cebe suffered a seriously burned hand, attempting to gently move a vat of hot fat. White finger tips were another hazard.  One employee had to “bleach the boards” every night, sterilizing the planks on which sandwiches were assembled.
    Hamburger Heaven’s funny little building, rehabbed into respectability, is going to be a day care center.  Just down Olive Street the dancing blue waters of a greatly enlarged and improved Heman Park pool still sparkle in the sun. You have to be a U.City resident to use it now.
In the summer of '57 the smell of chlorine hung in the air. The locker room had little wire baskets hung with numbered safety pins. On August 1, 2010, the air had not changed much, but the surroundings had. The pool is now part of Heman Park Centennial Commons, 7210 Olive Boulevard. It is a magnificent recreational facility.
The long walk to Heman with laughing girl friends was part of the fun. Enervated by water and sun, the walk back was hard. Parents weren’t so accommodating then as they are now but sometimes we would get a ride.
Nancy McAdams’57
turned a golden brown in the sun but Gloria LaDon Davis ‘57, a very fair skinned girl, determined to get a suntan, fried. After our day in the sun at Heman, we had to call her dad to come to get us. The baby oil and iodine tincture had not worked well. LaDon had second degree burns.  She peeled the rest of the summer. Some of us still have sun damage from those days.
When Willy Wellston asked on Face Book for memories of the pool, several people responded. Some confused it with Bartmer Park.  Shirley (Lemons) Kinnaird '73, who grew up on Suburban Ave., reminded the kids who met at Bartmer Park and were bused to Heman for swim lessons.
Heman Park is, as their sign declares, “One Cool Pool.” Photographing there during recent 99 degree weather, it took discipline to keep from “accidentally falling” into the clean, cool water. In a world where nothing seems to improve with age, Heman Park Pool is one of those very rare things that has. Now if I could only get the real recipe for Hamburger Haven sauce!

Willy Wellston is now a member of

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

Mari is on vacation
her article will resume in October
Eat healthy!



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“Looking Through Old WHS Decade Beginning Yearbooks….”
by: Roger Noon '62 | FLASHLIGHT REPORTER

1930 edition-names that you would know like Halter, Nibeck and Griswold were on the school roster as science and boy’s athletics teacher and manual training instructor. Mrs. Julia Griswold served as Principal. Who would have known that!

There were girl’s hockey and soccer teams, two male cheerleaders (not unusual for the time) and Hi-Y for the guys. The Senior Play (they had it even then!) was entitled “An Early Bird”.

The previous Senior years had graduated 50 in 1926, 38 in 1927, 25 in 1928 and 15 in 1929 with the numbers going down until 1930 when the number rose to 20. That year, (1930) there were 33 Juniors, 58 Sophomores and 90 Freshmen. The future looked very bright for the time just before the Great Depression.

Among advertisers for the yearbook was an R.W. Whiat Shoe Repair Shop at 6315 Easton Avenue. Could that be someone’s grandfather?    

1940 edition-Some 10 years later and pre WWII, changes had been made: Halter is now Superintendent while Nibeck is Principal. There are some longstanding faculty names you will notice: E. Niles, Griswold, Summers and Stigall.

There were Camera, Art and Library Clubs and a “Peppers” group of females to raise school spirit. The “Peppers” (I guess you had to be a “hot” girl to have such spirit! Sorry for the pun.) dressed out in school colors with Black skirts, White shirts and Red Cardigan sweaters. They still had Girls Hockey. The Senior Play was entitled “Professor, How Could You!”

Among advertisers that year was Gus Zeltman’s Texico Station on Delaware and Plymouth Avenues.

1950 edition (Pre Korean War and Rock and Roll)-with another 10 years the faculty included names like, Carrie McCann, Frances Dammerval, Charles Thoss, and Robert Jackson (the Guidance Counselor guy) who taught Biology, Lance Williams along with Niles, Griswold and Stigall.

The Pep Squad had replaced the “Peppers”.  There were 8 female cheerleaders, Letterettes (females who lettered in sports?), Service, and Chess Clubs.  The Bowling Club had 25 members (but was not co-educational).  There was a Paper King/ Queen and a Quill and Scroll Society. 

The Senior Play that year was “The Night of January 16th” (anyone remember it?).  There were 71 Graduating Seniors that year.   

1960 edition (Rock and Roll/Pre-Beatles)-fast forward another 10 years with Halter and Nibeck still as Superintendent and Principal, Jackson (now as Guidance Counselor), with other names like Shankster, Eggemeyer, Condon, Turner, Blalock, Corse, Farrand, Ollermann, Wildermuth, Bracken, Turner, Burnau, Wilson, Kaeppel along with the previous names of years before with Griswold omitted.

Activities were plenty like Concert Band, Dance Band, Choir, Majorettes, Letterman (to complement the Letterettes), Tri-Hi-Y (to complement Hi-Y), and clubs like Service, Junior Red Cross, Audio Visual, Camera Club (still surviving), Spanish, Esperanto, Sketch, Bowling (now coeducational), Swimming, Home Economics, Science, Bible, Occupational Information, Pep, Chefs and Dramatics Clubs in full swing.  The National Honor Society and Quill and Scroll.  Paper King and Queen is still going strong ( as a sophomore class project).

The Senior Play: “Only An Orphan Girl” There were no sponsors listed for the ’60 Yearbook. The Yearbook shows 69 Graduating Seniors.

Another trip next time—Roger Noon WHS ‘62 

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



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                                 September, 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

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

Phone  636-696-4693


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Google free information number

Google has done it again... pass it on! Not everybody has On Star, etc. or a phone book handy. Google has given us a 'hands free' option to dialing while driving.

Remember when the phone company charged $1.50 to get a number from information? Well, here's a number worth putting in your cell or home phone speed dial:  1-800-goog411 or (1.800.466.4411)

This is an awesome service from Google, and it's FREE -- great when you are driving on the road with no pen, pencil or paper handy. Don't waste your money on information calls and don't waste your time manually dialing the number.

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How great is that? This is nationwide and it is absolutely FREE!

Click on the link below and watch the short clip for a quick demonstration.


Each generation has been an education for us in different ways. The first child-with-bloody-nose was rushed to the emergency room. The fifth child-with-bloody-nose was told to go to the yard immediately and stop bleeding on the carpet.

The junior high school teacher was giving her students a test on American history. One question was, "Who said, 'I regret that I have but one life to give to my country'?"

A youngster answered, "Nathan Haley said it. The saying is now known as Haley's Comment."


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!! 

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