46th Edition
First issue         November, 1920


                                 October, 2010


Trojan Head designed by  
Kermit Ruyle '47

23 Months until

 Reunion 2012



October Birthday's
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Missing Alumni
in September:


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found in September

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Tie Scheme Knotted Here
1317 Delaware Avenue
Wellston, MO
Employer of handicapped workers

Researched by: Bob Haefner '49
How many times have you sat down to dinner when the phone rang with a solicitation to support 'handicapped' workers? How many light bulbs or trash bags have you ordered to help these people - only to find out it was all a hoax! Just another scam working on the heartstrings of our good hearted American people. Contributions should be thoroughly researched before you give a dime. Donations should help the NEEDY, not the GREEDY.

There have been so many articles written about the 'good' things that happened or came out of our home town of Wellston, we decided to do an article on one of the 'seedy' parts of our little community's history.

It started in Wellston back in 1939 when the Necktie Workers Organization opened up shop in a brand new building located at 1317 Delaware Ave (between Page and Lenox). By 1940 this organization was already under investigation for questionable business ethics.

The addressee received two ties were sent in a manila envelope - postage paid - along with a letter stating the proceeds of the ties helped handicapped workers of their organization. They enclosed a self addressed stamped envelope for mailing the remittance back or, if you did not wish to purchase the ties, a sticker was enclosed to be attached to the manila envelope with a three cent stamp so the ties could be mailed back. Ties sold for .50 each. (An article in the San Jose Evening News declared the neckties were NOT a racket but should be sent back.)

By 1941 business was blooming. Over a million pieces were being mailed out each year. The Necktie Workers Organization expanded to a larger building located at 6150 Bertha Ave to keep up with their demand for ties. The building was constructed in '39 and still stands today.

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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.)                              

The class of 1960 is celebrating their 50th reunion this year. These pictures were taken by Johnny Cole '60 (deceased) were sent in by his sister, Marie '54. This picture was taken April '56 in JR high school after winning a basketball tournament.

First Row: Gary Smith '61, Jim Dobbin, Jim Roam, Larry Bollinger, Clarence Womble, and Warren Merhtens '61
: Second Row: Jerome Walker, Ron Ollermann, Tom Millery, Larry Turner, Jerry McBride, Mr. Moody, Mr. Williams: Click picture to enlarge.

Junior High Trophy Case


Donna (Evans) Copeland found some pictures from her shoe box. They were taken around '53, the year she had a huge crush on Jim Grady. (Jim married Lestine Neal '56 after graduation).  Its amazing to see the white bobby sox, penny loafers and rolled up blue jeans. Donna really wanted a pair of Levis but her mother said they were 'an extravagance' so Lee's were it!
<-- picture was taken in April '56:

L-R: Larry (BoBo) Bollinger '60, Jim Roam '60, Larry Turner

Middle Row: L-R: Sandry Martin, Joyce Miller, Wilma Taylor

Front Row: Donna Reutter, and Judy Hedley





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Pavilion A in Old Town Park
#1 Park Drive - St. Peters, Mo
Wear your red and black

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
e: [email protected]


Walt Disney's "The Parent Trap" movie was an instant hit with all ages when it was released in the '60s. After seeing the movie, Micky (Collins) Stopke '43 thought making the birdcage that appeared in the movie would be a great craft project for the 4H club to make. She sent a letter to Mr. Walt Disney asking if they could send the instructions on how to make the birdcage which was improvised with raffia, Good Humor ice cream sticks, a rattan ring and plywood.

Several weeks later Micky (Collins) received a letter from Mr. Bernard Rogers, of Disney's Property Department. Instead of the diagram she had requested, he sent the actual birdcage which Micky still has in her possession.

Girls from 1956 meet for lunch Monthly

Seated: Glenda (Barker) Heaps, Sharon (Narrell) Ridgeway, Mary Kay (Parker) Morse, Peggy (Taylor) Carnes, Shirley (Waller) Downs: Standing: Colena (Prince) Siebert

Each month the ladies from '56 meet for lunch some place in the St. Charles area. They are looking for others from their class to join them. The next luncheon will be October 20th at Miss Amy B's on First Capital Drive, west of St. Joseph Hospital. If  you would like to join them please email Mary Kay so they can make reservations for enough people.

The granddaughter of Mildred Harding, a 1923 graduate sent in a picture of her treasured grandmothers class ring.

Look at the detail, style and class it has. Keep in mind this ring is 87 years old! (Do you still have your class ring?)




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Our Wellston Trojan

Classmates Remembered List
Rest in Peace


Betty (Milward) Bailey '47 passed September 3rd after a long battle with cancer. Betty lived on Ridge Avenue (near the Hodiamont tracks).

After graduation, Betty went to work at the GE lamp plant on Etzel where she met her future husband. After her first child was born she became a stay at home mom. 
Guest Book

 Norman Schultz '59 passed April, 1990 from metastatic lung cancer - brain cancer at the age of 49. Obit Notice

Norm served in the Navy (Vietnam era) for 10 years. He worked as a Security Guard in Mobile until his death in Mobil, Al.
Condolences to:
Eleanor '61 and Jim '66 Mack in the passing of their aunt, Betty Milward '47 Sept 3rd.
Betty Ann (Smith) Shaw '47 in the passing of her brother, James on Sept 15th


Oct 1 Donna Dodd '55 Oct 12 John Patredis '66 Oct 23     Mary June Stewart '58
Oct 2 Terry Bonney '57 Oct 13 James Cole '47
Clete Taylor '52
Cliff Greeves '54
Oct 24     Betty Ann Smith '47
            Mari Treadway '65
            Rebecca Allen '65
Oct 4 Thomas Paull '42
Gloria Brown '63
Oct 14 John McGlasson '55 Oct 25     Marie Smith '60
Oct 5 Carlyle Hansen '52 Oct 15   Joe Cortopassi '43
Dale Grooms '56
Craig Bonney '67
Patti Daniel '68
Oct 26     Denny Woolfe '63
            Ann Hartz '64

Oct 27     Wanda Wiest '46
            Ray Woodworth '53
Oct 6 Billie Smith '47 Oct 16 Lorraine Smith '57                Vince Baum '53
Tom April '58
Oct 7 William Eggert '55
Woody Florence '65
Linda Lacy '65
Audrey Pilkenton '65
Oct 17

Oct 19

Oct 20

Norma Nixon '56

Jesse Eads '38

Barbara Gamma '59
Roger Noon '62
Sharon Downes '63

Oct 28   Carolyn Smith '44
           Dorman Baird '54

Oct 31    Art Morris '47
           Jim Siress '52         


Oct 11 Ruth Hayes '44
John Hawkins '58
Jeranda Stilts '62
Oct 21

Oct 22

Mike Smith '61

Barbara Sittner '51
Launa Kuni '58





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Tie Scheme Knotted Here
1317 Delaware Avenue
Wellston, MO
Employer of handicapped workers
Continued from page 1

 It was reported in the Miami News on May 30, 1942 that the charity pitch was a phony and just another scheme designed to relieve Miamians by playing on their heart strings. So. Florida was flooded with the unordered merchandise gimmick with a sympathetic appeal to aid the handicapped. It was learned only 4% of the total sale was used to pay wages for handicapped workers.  The company involved was none other then the Necktie Workers Organization from Wellston, MO.

By 1951 the St. Louis Necktie Workers Organization were still sending out unordered neckties asking $1.00 on the representation these ties provided work for "handicapped persons".

Finally, on November 10, 1958 the Miami News reports the Necktie Workers "NOT FOR PROFIT solicitation for the disabled" was exposed as a scam. The ties were selling for $1.25 then. In 1961 they were still flooding Miami with 'bargain' neckties. One complainant told that when he didn't send money for the unordered necktie, he received a very insulting and threatening form letter.

Similar dubious requests for contributions are still being sent out in today's world like address stickers and greeting cards or pleading for support for local sheriffs, the hungry and homeless and various threatened animals.  Many of these requests are legitimate and provide real assistance to people, worthy causes and animals in need. But there are also some of dubious value that have been set up by people who want to help only themselves.

Checking with your local BBB can usually provide information about organizations that claim to be supportive to those in need. In this way, you can avoid being taken in by false charities and provide support for those truly in need.

(For more information on Bob Haefner's orginal story and research CLICK HERE:)

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

As we all know we put a lot of work, weight and stress on the ole’ toots ola’s….Here are a few tips to reward them.

 Daily Tootsie Indulgence

To keep your toenails smooth and free of fungus, gently scrub around and under the tip of each toenail with a clean nailbrush.  Polish yellowish cellular debris and dried sweat residues off the nail face with a mildly abrasive bath mitt or loofah.   (If you are very careful use a fine sand emery board, very gently a little each day)

 After toweling, apply a drop of tea tree oil to the cuticle of each nail (without touching the dropper to the nail).  Tea tree oil has the most research behind it as an antifungal, although a good second choice would be oregano or eucalyptus oil.  Spread the oil across the length of the cuticle with a clean cotton swat, then into the crevices at the sides and over the nail face.  Do this every day to ensure healthy-looking, naturally shiny, fungus free toenails.  Since your toenails will look so beautiful, for the ladies I recommend avoiding chemical-laden nail polish and letting your toes “go naked”.

Give Corns and Calluses the Brush-Off

Corns and calluses are a reaction to excessive pressure and/or friction on your feet, most often due to abuse from poorly fitting shoes.  Calluses are usually broad, evenly distributed, rough, non-painful thickening of the skin on the bottom of the heel or the ball of the foot.  Corns, on the other hand, look like a small pea-sized bump under the skin.  Hard corns are painful to the touch, and they occur most often on the outer edge of the pinky toe or on top of one of the toes.  The second type, the soft corn, is also painful, but it’s located between the toes (usually the fourth and fifth toes).  Rather than looking dry and thick, soft corns look inflamed.  You can fix both of these problems with the following steps:

1)     Moisturize.  The Ayurvedic practice of an oil foot massage twice a day can significantly improve the health and texture of the skin on your feet.  Use a natural penetrating oil such as jojoba, coconut oil or olive oil.  Work one or two teaspoons of oil thoroughly into each foot, including the spaces between the toes, the margins of the nails, and any areas that feel thick and rough.  Continue massaging until your feet are no longer oily.  Because oiling reduces inflammation and slows reactive skin thickening, you’ll be amazed at how healthy your feet will look and feel within just one week.

2)     Exfolliate. Twice weekly, soak your feet for at least 20 minutes in mineral salts to soften your corns and calluses.  Just toss a handful of bath salt in a foot bath.  (If you are using the bathtub, use 2 cups.)  After soaking, pat your feet dry and gently scrub the excess dead skin on your feet with a pumice stone or pedicure file.  Don’t try to remove too much skin at once or you’ll cause inflammation and trigger additional skin thickening.  Follow with oil massage.

3)     Protect. Corns and clauses will keep coming back unless you start wearing shoes that fit your fee perfectly.  Here are some rules of thumb when buying new shoes.

·       Shoes made of synthetic materials are more likely than leather to hold moisture in, which will increase your risk of developing soft corns.

·       Try to wear flat shoes the majority of the time.  If ladies must wear heels, make sure they are no higher than one inch.

·       If you need padding to protect against calluses, bring gel inserts that fit your foot and test the fit of shoes with the inserts before buying them.

·       To protect the sides and tops of your feet against corns, choose shoes that have soft uppers and a toe box that is roomy enough to allow you to flex and move your toes, but not so roomy that your feet slide around in them when you walk.

·       If your “pinky toes” are crowded, choose a wider shoe.


·       Pedicure Safety Tips

Even with these at-home tips, I know you’ll probably indulge in a professional pedicure from time to time.  While pedicures are generally safe, there are some cautions you should observe.  Bacterial, fungal, yeast and viral infections can be spread if proper cleaning techniques are not followed at the salon.  Here are some tips to make sure your next appointment is safe.

·       Instruments should be cleaned and disinfected between customers.  Autoclaving (heat sterilization) is the best method.  Or better yet, bring your own tools.

·       Never let the technician use a credo blade or razor to remove callused skin.

·       Make sure the technician is wearing a fresh pair of latex gloves or has washed her hands prior to starting your services.

·       Whirlpool footbaths have screens under the drains that can trap debris, making it a hospitable breeding ground for bacteria.  Either make sure the footbaths are thoroughly disinfected between customers, or use a plastic footbath that has been lined with a fresh plastic bag.

·       Don’t get a pedicure if you have an open cut or rash.

Most importantly dry your feet thoroughly and between the toes.

 Remember prenatal vitamins are great for nails and hair, but check with your doctor first to be sure they don’t interact poorly with something you may already be taking.

 Yours In Good Health,  Mari



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We Could Have Gone to the University of Chicago!

by: Roger Noon '62 | FLASHLIGHT REPORTER

In the possession of our WHS Alumni Association is a document that reads as follows:

The University of Chicago
This is to certify that
Wellston High School

Having been duly approved as an accredited school and having conformed to the conditions set forth in the Annual Register of the University of Chicago, has been further approved for the relationship of Co-operation with the University.

In accordance with the action, pupils who have graduated from this school may, during the continuation of the relationship, be admitted to the University of Chicago upon certificate and without entrance examinations. This school is further entitled to all the other privileges involved in the relationship of Co-operation.

Given by order of the Board of Admissions of the University of Chicago this eighth day of January, nineteen hundred twenty one.


Dr. Henry Pratt Judson-President   
Dr. Nathaniel Butler-Dean of the College of Education


This is pretty remarkable considering that Wellston was still in its infancy as a school and to have received such an award from this prestigious institution with a history of Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize recipients.

The list of achievements of both Drs. Judson and Butler at the University of Chicago could fill pages of description, but suffice it to say their credentials were impressive. For Wellston to have been recognized says a lot about the character of the school and this recognition.

If one were to have attended school there in the fall of 1921 the tuition cost would have been about $60 per quarter, not counting travel, books, etc. When I graduated in 1962, the tuition cost was $350 per quarter.

According to the Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Chicago, “at that time students could be admitted by certificates, examination or a combination of the two methods. The Certificate method involved presenting credentials that proved graduation from an accredited school” (and Wellston was one!).

Assuming the certificate remained valid, we might have been able to attend the University (that is, if anyone wanted to!).

I remember having made up my mind to attend Valparaiso University whatever the cost. I don’t remember any mention about the University of Chicago from anyone.  And I remember being in debt for a number of years afterward as a result of the monies owed them and the Lutheran Seminary in Springfield, Illinois.  Didn’t get any scholarship from them, but did (as well as many other classmates) get an offer from Southeast Missouri State (SEMO) in the amount of $250.00. Not too shabby even back then! Wish I could have applied it to Valparaiso!

The real question is whether there is anyone among the Alumni who actually went to the University of Chicago or knew of someone who did, either for an undergraduate or graduate degree? And if you did, did you know about this certificate? Let us know!

Roger Noon WHS ‘62 

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



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                                 October, 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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                    Sayings from the 50s

'I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible To buy a week's groceries for $20.00.

'Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long before $2,000.00 will only buy a used one.

'If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous.

'Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?

'If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, Nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.

'When I first started driving, Who would have thought gas would someday cost 29cents a gallon.. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage.

'I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more.. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, It seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it.

'I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas.

'Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President.

'I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric.  They are even making electric typewriters now.

'It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.

'I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.

'The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, But I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

'There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend, It costs nearly $15.00 a night to stay in a hotel.

'No one can afford to be sick anymore; At $35.00 a day in the hospital it's too rich for my blood.'

'If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a haircut, forget it.'

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