47th Edition
First issue         November, 1920


                                 November, 2010


Trojan Head designed by  
Kermit Ruyle '47

22 Months until

 Reunion 2012



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Missing Alumni
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Ted Duncan


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1234 Sutter Avenue

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Historic Sutter Ave. House
Served as WHS Field House

Researched by: Bob Haefner '49
Recognize the home on the left? The building is recorded as being one of the oldest buildings in St. Louis County before it was torn down to make way for the new (at the time) Halter High which became Eskridge High and is now closed. It was located on our athletic field at 1234 Sutter Ave. It was also home to our bus driver, Bob Saffley.

According to the Historic American Buildings Survey, it is recorded as being built in 1819 by the slaves of Dr. O'Brien but this could NOT have happened as Dr. O'Brien wasn't born until 1845 in Ireland and he never owned slaves!

According to newspaper advertisements on May 15, 1887, the home was new at that time. The property was listed in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (page 14; Issue 354; col A) as: Suburban Cottage. Elegant country residence of 6 rooms; house just completed; large grounds, cistern, stable and all conveniences; located at Etzel Station; fare 5 cents to Union Depot, on Wabash Road; 8 cents fare to Barr's Sixth and Locust, on Cable road; rent low to a good tenant. See Dr. John J. O'Brien, Sutter Ave. There was another 6 room home for rent in Webster Groves, MO (advertised on the same page) for $15.00 a month.

It’s uncertain when the Wellston School District bought the property along with the athletic field. These pictures were sent to the Library of Congress by the caretaker, whom we believe to be Bob Saffley, in 1936. Saffley worked for the Wellston School District maintaining the athletic field and school bus. He drove kindergarteners to school, took kids on field trips, and drove the sports teams to their games. His wife, Freida worked in the cafeteria. They had two sons, both attended Wellston schools.

In 1887 the home was advertised as 6 rooms, but according to Saffley's son, Jim '59, who was born and raised in the home, there were only 5 rooms: Living/Dining Room, kitchen, (2) bedrooms and bath.

The lower level (basement) was used for different things, such as a girl and boy locker and equipment room for sport teams. The stoker was used to heat the boiler when running water became available for the showers. Part of the area also doubled as a garage for the school bus.

Jim Saffley remembers that on hot summer nights, large square dances were held on the home's spacious back porch. Wellston High School Principal, Donald G. Nibeck didn't just call the shots at school, he called the sets for the square dances too.

Couch Jerry Stigall and his family lived on the grounds in another home over the area where the lawn equipment was stored. Housing was all part of their salary.

The Saffley’s lived in the home until it was demolished in 1962.



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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 for 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 '41 held a great 60th Reunion in 2001.  Melba Smith '41 and husband George planned the event.  We had a potluck dinner at their home, dinner at Candiccis, a tour of the City Museum, the History Museum, and then off to Branson for shows, a dinner cruise, etc.  The Smiths did a great job., (They even let some of us pre and post '41 folks tag along!)  Hey, George, your 70th is coming up!

The Hobart Gang enjoying their 60th Reunion in 1991!

Lorraine Rosemeyer '41
Dorothy Cafourek '41
Darline Tucker '42
Marge Shamel '41
Dorothy Broker '40
Helen Smith '43


Above pictures contributed by Darline Tucker (
6408 Hobart Avenue)


Paul Daniels '59 with his future wife Carol Ridley '59

Norman Eyster '57 with future wife Betty Morris '60

My mother, Wardell (Sellers) Beebe graduated from Wellston in 1939. She has really enjoyed reading the monthly Flashlights. She loved Roger Noon's article in the September issue where he mentioned the Peppers - the girls who wore black skirts, red sweaters and white shirts to show their school spirit and support the teams. She found these photos to show everyone what the Peppers looked like. Even though the pictures are in black and white, it's easy to pick them out. 
Best to all. Sally (Beebe) Wills '65
(6350 Wellsmar) (click group photo to enlarge)



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Pavilion A in Old Towne Park
#1 Park Drive - St. Peters, Mo
Most wore their red and black

Over 100 alumni, accompanied with guest joined their schoolmates, family and friends for a great and very enjoyable Saturday. The weather was perfect, however parking could have been a little better.  Because of this, other parks are being investigated for next years picnic looking for better parking facility.

Everyone liked the idea the casual eating and bringing their own lunch and drinks.  There were alumni from '45 to '73 in attendance. It was a very casual day with people coming and going throughout the day.


29 classmates from the class of '60, along with their guest, met at Grappa Grill in St. Charles for lunch. Some had not seen each other since they graduated 50 years ago.

Wanda (Cornman) Hydar emceed the affair which ended with classmates telling their funny memories from their school days. Many friendships were reunited with a promise of seeing each other at Reunion 2012. (Click picture to view names)

I wish to express my deepest gratitude to everyone that made our 50th class reunion such a success. It was so great to see so many there and we missed those that were unable to attend. Our teachers would be proud of the successful and enriched lives of so many in our class.

I didn't get to visit as much as I wanted so I pray there will be other chances. Thanks for the memories. Pat (Martin) Wilson '60
(6149 Wagner Ave)

Class of '47 holds semi-annual luncheon

The class of '47 had their semi-annual luncheon at the Boat House Restaurant in Forest Park. Although the whole class was invited, only11 gals showed up with their guest - none of the guys showed up, not even Bill Cary who has attended past luncheons.

The weather was beautiful so they were able to eat outside and enjoy the beauty of a fall day. Click picture to enlarge and view names.

You have probably heard all the Heman Park stories you care to hear but I just must share mine.  As so many of us did, I went to Heman Park on foot and then by bike.  As you probably recall, the pool and park grounds lay below street level and there were stone steps going down to the lower field level.  Well, after looking at those steps for weeks I decided that I could ride my bike down them.  Finally I did get up the courage and rode down them - a crazy thing to do - I only did it once. Mary Kay (Parker) '56 Morse (6456 Wellsmar)

The primal call of the watering hole drew people from even farther, Donna Smith Dixon '68, says, "I can remember WALKING to Heman Pool with Mary Lou Lee!!! We lived off of Kienlen, so that was a heck of a walk!!! Believe me, by the time you got there you WERE ready to jump in!!! I carried my paper money in my BOBBY SOCK! 
Donna (Smith) Dixon '68
(6341 Audrey)

At first, there were years, then months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and then seconds. And then, there were none. At exactly 22:30 hours EDST, Thursday, 30 Sept. 2010, 31 years of III came to an end for Marge and Bill at Kennedy space Center and phase IV, retirement, started. Phase I was schooling, phase II was 23.5 years in the US Air Force and now, WE’RE FREE. As Dinah Shore use to sing on her TV show in the ‘50s, “See…the USA…in…your…Chevrolet, America is waiting for you to call”. More later, MUCH MORE Bill Eggert '55 (1706 Glenchort)




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Our Wellston Trojan

Classmates Remembered List
Rest in Peace


Robert Wood '46 passed away Tuesday, October 19th. Bob had been on our "Missing List" until he appeared in the Obit notice of the Post Dispatch. Details of his death are unknown nor do we know the where he lived in Wellston during his school years.   Visit Guest Book

 Bill Spencer '47, passed away October 20th from complications of a stroke. Bill was a Television Engineer, working behind the cameras for KSDK for some 38 years. Bill lived at 6412 Mount Avenue 
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Condolences to:
Charlotte (Tucker) '47 Spencer
in the passing of her husband Bill Spencer '47
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Alva Spencer '48 i
n the passing of his brother, Bill Spencer
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Mary Chott '47
in the passing of her husband Al Adkins Guest Book



Nov 1 Maurice O'Leary '45
Jack Schlieker '45
Kathy Samarzich '62
Nov 11 Harold Stewart '46
Nov 22     Patricia Parker '50
            Betty Hampton '52
Nov 3 Shirley Waller '58 Nov 14 Barbara Prater '64 Nov 25     Larry Turner '60
Nov 26    
Robert Smith '48
Nov 4 Betty Boxdorfer '55
Nancy Moellering '58
Elaine Zubiena '61
Nov 15

Nov 16

Patricia Mehrtens '58

Don Siress '63
Gerry Siress '63
Jimmy Bennett '65

Nov 27     Jerry Slatton '57
            Joe Slatton '57

Nov 28      Roby Watson '43

Nov 30  Connie Polkinghorne '63

Nov 6 Jasper Lauria '55
Norman Eyster '58
Nov 18   Georgeann Blanchard '63  
Nov 7 Connie Fuller '54 Nov 19 Ron Taylor '57  
Nov 8
Dan Sedivic '62 Nov 20 Ken Huskey '54
Don Taylor '61
Jerry Southard '65
Nov 10 Terry Hatridge '57
Neville Brindley '57




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                                 November, 2010

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I am so thankful for this newsletter. I just can't wait until they arrive so I can keep up with my school friends and follow what you all are doing. Better yet, I love looking back over the years. What a wonderful time we had then and did not know or realize it at the time. That truly was the best of times and how wonderful our friendships still remain. I can't believe how lucky I am to still have so many of my Wellston friends after all these years. How lucky is that! God Bless and love to all.
Colleen (Oliphant) Moore '51
(1632 Lucas Hunt)

Thanks to everyone for working together to keep us all in touch. I appreciate your hard work. Ruth (Douglas) '53

What a difference a hair cut makes! Jack Jeffries '62 (6400 Lennox) decided it was time to cut his hair - both on his head and face! Hey Jack, you clean up nice but you could have been a major hit Halloween night if you had waited to cut your hair!!  

Thank you so much for all the hard work that goes into making the Flashlight. I look forward to each and every month for the new email! Peggy (Taylor) Carnes '57 (6440a Suburban)

This response is to the e mail I received along with others from Jon Sanders regarding the fire situation and the efforts to resolve unfortunate events happening in Wellston.

I graduated from Wellston High School in 1963 and my father, Cain O'Connor was a police officer and "walked the beat' through the streets of Wellston.  He died in 1987 as Chief of Police and while he was patrolling the Wellston streets, he often became involved in potential violence directed at the vulnerable, elderly and the innocent.  While walking the "beat" one night, he heard screams in the darkness and ran toward the hysterical voice.  Three men were in the process of grabbing, hitting and attempting to rape a
young girl.  My father singlehandedly began yanking and pushing the offenders off the girl.  They eventually jumped up and ran. 

Another time, an elderly man who was only receiving Social Security at the time, was being robbed on a monthly basis by two thugs.  The elderly man told my father about it and my father got the information needed for him to stake out the elderly man's home where he waited for the robbers to take the man's only income.  When the men began shoving and hitting the older man, my dad stepped out of the shadows and began beating them with his fists which made them retreat and run - leaving the money behind.

I tell you of these two incidents because in "those days" people were not afraid to right the wrong even if they were alone.  They only knew that the weaker and the innocent were being preyed upon and concern for their own safety never entered their mind.  I realize those days are gone and I also realize John Wayne is gone.  However, it was that type of spirit that kept Wellston a place where the innocent, the elderly and the young felt secure and safe because during that time, adults stepped up to the plate - they were not intimidated- they did their part in making sure that justice prevailed.

Your letter took me down memory lane.  Thanks and my heart lives and breathes Wellston even though I have lived in Columbus, Ohio since leaving Wellston shortly after high school.

Theresa O'Conner '63 (6450 Myrtle)

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Stop Mindless Munching, Get Trim

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

Super sized servings have made our eyes bigger than our stomachs—but you can retrain your eyes…

It’s dinner time: Do you know just how much you’re actually eating?

When it comes to judging a “serving” of food, it’s easy to be confused.  Although most people say they use food labels to help decide what to buy in the grocery store, recent studies show too few really read the Nutrition Facts label, and even fewer correctly assess the serving sizes.  And it’s making us fat.

Visual cues in our environment also prod us to unconsciously over-eat—for example, when a big plate of pasta is set in front of us.  When we serve ourselves, 92 percent of the time we eat everything on our plate.  The same is true in restaurant.  We think of the plate in front of us as a “single serving”. Brian Wansink author of Mindless Eating:  Why We Eat More Than We Think. Says we need to train our eyes by making changes in visual cues.

Dishing it out

Start to retrain your eyes by down sizing plates and utensils.  When you’re serving dinner at home, use smaller plates and you’ll put less on them.  “If you look at 6 oz of pasta served on a 8-inch plate, it looks like a nice portion.  The same 6 oz of pasta served on a 12-inch plate looks puny.  So you pile on more pasta.  It’s a visual illusion, something called size contrast bias. 

Dishing out a sensible serving of dessert is also easier when you use a small bowl.  Using a large bowl and a large scooper you will serve yourself more. When you use a smaller bowl and small scooper you are more moderate in the helping.

“See food” cures

Using other visual cues can be another tool to help control portions.  For instance, one teaspoon of butter or margarine is around the size of the tip of your thumb.  One oz of cheese looks like a pair of dice.  One cup of pasta is the size of a tennis ball.  Four oz of meat is the size of a deck of cards.  A small potato is around the size of a computer mouse. 

Don’t leave snacks and sweets in plain sight.  When you do snack put single serving portions in a bowl and put the container back in the cabinet.  Don’t take the entire bag or box to the table or couch.  It’s too easy to keep eating mindlessly.  And you cannot judge how much you are eating.

Keep a bowl of fruit in plain sight and veggies cut up in the frig waiting for you to snack on them.  Always have an apple and some nuts (almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds) with you to stave off the stop for fast food and get you home to the good stuff.

When going to a party and you are not sure what is being served or what the timing is for food….eat a salad at home so you won’t be starving upon arrival.

Resist restaurant temptation

Many restaurants serve mega-portions on a plate the size of a hubcap.  We see more, so we eat more.  A restaurant atmosphere encourages us to eat more.  Ask for a to go carton and put at least half in the to go before you begin eating.  It makes it easier to stop if the food has already been removed from your plate before you start eating.  They say slow music also gets you to eat more and spend more time at the table.  There again if you remove the food ahead of time, you won’t eat as much.

You could also order an appetizer and salad instead of a big meal.  The real trick is to think it over before you get to the restaurant and try not to be starving before you order.  Sharing an entrée is another way to cut the calories.  If you absolutely crave fast food, order the kids meal and add a healthy salad.  When we eat fast we eat in excess of our body’s ability to sense how full we are.  So eat slowly and chew each mouth full as much as possible.

Look at your grandmother’s china and look at the size of china today.  Grandma’s was more like an 8” serving size and today more like 12” or more…hence we tend to eat more.

People mostly have health issues from overeating, few humans starve to death.

Yours in Good Health, Mari 



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Senior Descriptions

by: Roger Noon '62 | FLASHLIGHT REPORTER

Other than 8th Grade graduation, if you went through the Wellston School System, you knew that being a Senior at the High School was as good as it got. Having to weather the three years as under classmen status gave a sense of perspective to being “on top” in the Senior Year.

In the 1930’s and 40’s Seniors in the year books either had descriptions of themselves or given them along with their pictures and activities. The Senior “Will” designated to some lower classman a particular trait of a Senior. That became a staple every year. The Senior “Prophecy” predicted what these graduates would be doing in the future. That did not survive into the later years. Perhaps it did not seem to fit in with the “self involved” experience of High School.    

In the 1950’s and 60’s there came the phenomenon of Senior ”Superlatives”. The class elected people according to categories they created.

A sampling of the categories from the years 1958-1969 are revealing for what they list as “important” characteristics of their classmates:  Other than “Class Clown” or “Cutest Smile” the categories were either “Best” or “Most” at something:

1958- had 14 categories which included a male and female for each  

Most Typical - Most Popular - Class Clown - Most Likely to Succeed - Best Dancer -

Most Active - Best Looking - Best Manners - Best All Around - Best Dressed - Best Personality - Best School Spirit - Most Intelligent - Best Athlete

1959 left off Best All Around, Best Personality, and Most Active and replaced it with: Best Musician, Biggest Flirt and Best Singer

1960 had 14 categories and brought back Most Typical, Biggest Flirt and added Most Talkative, Most Popular, Most Gentlemanly and Ladylike, Most Friendly and Cutest Smile.

1961 listed 16 categories and added Most Practical, Most Shy, and Most Ambitious

1962 named 12 categories and left off Most Talkative, Most Practical, Most Shy, Most Ambitious and Most Gentlemanly and Ladylike and kept the rest of the previous year categories.

1965 came up with 15 categories adding Most Talented, and brought back Most Shy and Best Looking.

1969 repeated the categories of ’65.

You notice that most of the categories were really “at the time” characteristics. They were more of a popularity or perception contest than anything else.  But you just have to wonder; how many of those categories played themselves out in the years that followed: were the Most Likely to Succeed successful, Best Athlete an athlete afterwards as well? I guess that’s what we find out at Reunions. What you may have been at one period of life does not always translate to what you do or become after the High School experience. As some might say: who knew other than the person described at the time?  

Roger Noon WHS ‘62 

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



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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

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Senior Drivers

As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife's voice urgently warning him, 'Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on Interstate 77. Please be careful!' 'Heck,' Herman said ,’It’s not just one car. It's hundreds of them!’
An elderly Floridian called 911 on her cell phone to report that her car has been broken into. She is hysterical as she explains her situation to the dispatcher: 'They've stolen the stereo, the steering wheel, the brake pedal and even the accelerator!' she cried.. The dispatcher said, 'Stay calm... An officer is on the way.' A few minutes later, the officer radios in 'Disregard.' He says.She got in the back-seat by mistake.

A Montana rancher got in his pickup and drove to a neighboring ranch and knocked at the door. A young boy, about 9, opened the door "Is your Dad home?" the rancher asked.

"No sir, he isn't," the boy replied. "He went into town."

"Well," said the rancher "Is your Mother here?"

"No sir, she's not here either. She went into town with Dad."

"How about your brother, Howard? Is he here?"

"No sir, He went with Mom and Dad."

The rancher stood there for a few minutes, shifting from one foot to the other and mumbling to himself.

"Is there anything I can do for you?" the boy asked politely. "I know where all the tools are, if you want to borrow one. Or maybe I could take a message for Dad."

"Well," said the rancher uncomfortably, "I really wanted to talk to your Dad. It's about your brother Howard getting my daughter, Suzie, pregnant."'

The boy considered for a moment. "You would have to talk to Pa about that," he finally conceded. "If it helps you any, I know that Pa charges $500 for the bull and $50 for the hog, but I really don't know how much he gets for Howard."


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