53nd Edition
First issue         November, 1920


                                 MAY, 2011


Trojan Head designed by  
Kermit Ruyle '47

16 Months until

 Reunion 2012



May Birthdays
Page 4

Missing Alumni
in April


'50 Jean Govro
'71 Janice Privett

2011 WHS Club -

2011 Members

Thank you for your support

Some Gas Humor











Mapping Decline

by: Dr. Linda Tate -
Daughter of Bonnie Landsbury '56

     I’ve been providing highlights from Colin Gordon’s provocative study, Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City (Penn Press, 2008). This week, I’ll continue recapping some of Gordon’s salient points, with a focus this time on what he terms “hypersegregation.”

     As with other phenomena related to urban decay, St Louis, says Gordon, “offers a particularly graphic and sustained version” of segregation: “the City’s racial demographics were starker and simpler than those of its peers.” “The national pattern of white flight and inner city decay,” Gordon quotes one observer as saying, “could be found in St. Louis ‘in somewhat purer and less ambiguous form than almost anywhere else.’”

     Indeed, Gordon asserts, “St. Louis retained (decade after decade) its dubious distinction as one of the nation’s most segregated metropolitan areas.” In terms of its “segregation index,” “St. Louis ranked eighteenth of 237 MSAs [metropolitan areas] in 1960, fourteenth of 237 in 1970, and tenth of 318 in 1980.” In short, “St. Louis in 1980 ranked as one of a handful of ‘hypersegregated’ metro areas.”

     So profound is the segregation between black and white, between City and County, that one observer has described the border between the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County as a kind of “Berlin Wall” between “city and county, the poor and the affluent, the black and the white.”

     Such segregation didn’t just happen, according to Gordon. Rather, federal, state and local policies shaped residential patterns. Since I’m a former Professor of English (with a specialty in American ethnic literature), I immediately thought of Louise Hansberry’s 1959 play, A Raisin in the Sun, particularly as Gordon discusses real estate policies and practices designed to keep African Americans out of “white” neighborhoods.

     Such policies and practices were based on “the conviction that African American occupancy was a blight to be contained, controlled, or eradicated.” “City planners (especially through the 1940s and 1950s),” says Gordon, “routinely equated black occupancy with ‘blight’ and watched its expansion north and west like the spread of a disease.”

     The policies that shaped residential segregation “tilt[ed] the playing field dramatically in favor of those who were already winning” – so much so that it came to seem that “inner-city poverty” was “something African Americans had done to themselves.” “As a rapidly growing African American population crowded into hastily but strictly circumscribed blocks or neighborhoods,” Gordon says, “the immediate consequence was not only extreme stress on the housing stock but also an easy equation of overcrowding, crime, poor sanitation, and poor health with black occupancy itself.”

     To get a stark visual of St. Louis’s hypersegregation, visit Gordon’s website and explore the numerous maps Gordon uses to illustrate the story of St. Louis’s decline. For example, click on “White Flight” – and then explore what happened in the years 1940-1950, 1950-1960, and all the way through to 1990-2000. The years 1970-1980 offer the most dramatic visual of white flight, with black and red sections of the map highlighting the intense racially-based residential patterns of the City and the County. The Documents page contains links to revealing primary sources, showing the policies that were used to segregate the City and its neighborhoods.



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    How do you store your pictures?   Framing, scrapbooking 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.)            


WHS Senior Class of 1955
Junior High Graduation

Bill Zimmermann found this treasure in his shoe box!
(Double click picture to enlarge)


Can you identify
The rides of the 50s

Take a trip down memory lane with a look at the cars we drove in the 50s and 60s. See how many of these cars you can
you identify and what year they were produced?

Look at the vibrant colors available, not just the grays, white and blacks of today.

Click Cars to see just how many you remember.

One Man's Family Builds
a Cabin in the Country

Have you ever wished you had a private cabin in the woods? A place away from phones, television, and now computers? Bob Haefner ’49 and his wife June ’48 built such a place with a set of two-dollar plans, their 4 children, and a lot of hard work in 1970.

It was located about two hours from St. Louis in what is now the Mark Twain National Forest. View still photos here: and a video YouTube.com  (Turn on the sound)    View video here: Crawford County, Missouri. Dillard Post Office. Mark Twain Natural Forest.

Plans - $2.00,
Materials - $1700.00. [ca 1970]
Pleasure - 15 years, priceless.

Building their Cabin in the Ozarks: 1969 they bought 40 acres, adjacent to what is now Mark Twain Forest in Crawford County, MO. It is near streams that would be ideal for swimming, fishing and canoeing.   After the first winter and spring we began to build a new cabin.  Read the rest of the story: The Haefners' lived at
6407 Ridge Ave, the Mohows' lived at 6422 Spencer

On the sixth of every month, Millie (Blackwell) Wright '65 gets a little gift, usually a pair of earrings, from her older sister, Barbara (Blackwell) Honey '60. She has received a gift every month for 13 years, a regular thank you and reminder of March 6, 1998, the day Millie gave Barbara a kidney.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Millie's gift, Barbara gave her a pair of silver Tiffany earrings in the shape of two kidneys. Millie says she must have a hundred other pairs.

Theirs is a family cursed by a genetic fluke that can kill, but the Blackwells are a family blessed with the capacity to save one another.  Their grown-up children began their own tradition. Barbara's son, Christopher, suffers from the same kidney disease his mother had. Millie's daughter, Kelly, is a perfect donor match. The rest of the story from St. Petersburg Times:  The Blackwells' lived at 6422 Wellsmar



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Communication Before Electronics

I was so excited when I read the Flashlight (March edition). It brought back so many wonderful memories about the Hodiamont streetcar. There were two cars that ran late at night. They called then the "owl" cars. One car would leave the "Wellston Loop" and the other would leave downtown at the same time. My dad ran one of those cars and  his brother, Tom Johnson, ran the  other for several  years.

My family - mom, dad, two sisters, a brother and myself lived on Derby in a flat next to the streetcar tracks. In the winter of 1922 my little sister was very ill with bronchial pneumonia. After 10 days and nights of faithful care the doctor said the crisis would pass on the 10th day. Either she would live or be taken from us.

Mother and dad worked out a code to let him know if and when the crisis passed. Dad could see our upstairs back porch from the streetcar. If the crisis passed and everything was alright, mother was to hang a white sheet on the porch. After several round trips downtown dad saw the white sheet on the porch. I'm sure everyone on the streetcar heard my dad thanking God and praising Him for His mercy and grace to our little Dorothy.

My parents, older sister and brother have all gone home to be with the Lord. I still have my baby sister. God blessed our family. 
Ruth (Johnson) Vogel '36  6226 Derby


Riding The Rails

I was interested in the piece by Roger Noon about riding the bus to school. I had the same thing happen to me. My parents moved to Normandy during my junior year and I did not want to go to Normandy so I walked to Page and Pennsylvania and took the bus to the loop. Weren't we loyal? 

Also, I remember riding the street car to downtown St. Louis when I was 15 to go to work at the Three Sisters store. I think the streetcar went down Olive and so I had to walk several blocks to the store and then at 9pm had to walk back to streetcar, ride back to the Wellston loop then walk home. I was not afraid - everybody did it.  Mary Kay (Parker) Morse '56

Spirited Marley Trains the Hydars

Bob Hydar '62 and wife, Wanda Cornman '60 announced they have a new addition to their family. They named him Marley, hoping it wasn't a 'jinxed' name. This has been an experience as they have not trained a puppy for over 40 years.

Bob is a retired electrician. He lived at 6134a Page Ave. Wanda retired from the banking industry. She lived at 6314 Evanston Avenue

Last reminder

                                      10th Reunion
Notre Dame de Lourdes 
May 18th, 2011
Luncheon 11:30 am

Grappa Grill
(St. Charles, MO)
(Invitation only)
Contact: Jerry Sullivan

[email protected]




MAY, 2011

It was a nice sunny Sunday on December 7, 1941. Mom and I were on our way home after seeing a movie in downtown.  A man jumped on the bus and shouted out that the Japs had just boomed Pearl Harbor.

I looked at mom and asked, “Where is Pearl Harbor?” to which she replied, “Remember the radio show that we listen to every Saturday Night, ‘Hawaii Calls’

I got to visit Pearl Harbor several times after that Sunday, thanks to my 20 years of Naval service. Each visit reminds me of the day that will be remembered in infamy. Bob Coates class of 52

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941, stunned virtually everyone in the United States military. Japan’s carrier-launched bombers found Pearl Harbor totally unprepared. President Franklin Roosevelt quickly addressed congress to ask for a declaration of war as illustrated in this audio excerpt. Although he never mentioned Europe or the fact that Germany had by then declared war on the United States, the Pearl Harbor attack allowed him to begin the larger intervention in the European war he had long wanted.

Be very careful

Kids are putting Drano, tin foil, and a little water in soda bottles, capping it up and leaving it on lawns. When you pick up the trash and the bottle is shaken just a little - in about 30 seconds or less it builds up a gas and explodes with enough force to remove some of your extremities. The liquid that comes out is boiling hot.

Be careful when picking up any plastic bottles that may be lying in your yards or in the gutter, etc.. Make sure there isn't anything in the bottle except water before moving it. If you see anything suspicious call the police.

Pay attention to this. A plastic bottle with a cap, a small amount of Drano, a small piece of tin foil - Disturb it by moving it - and BOOM!! No fingers left and other serious effects to your face, eyes, etc..

People are finding these "bombs" in mailboxes and in their yards, just waiting for you to pick it up intending to put it in the trash. But, you'll never make it!!! It takes about 30 seconds to blow after you move the thing.

See "SNOPES" below -- it's true -- the video at SNOPES shows the Indiana State Police Bomb Squad detonating one -- it's truly horrifying! .... .. I checked "Truth or Fiction" and "they" agree. This is TRUTH!!! So be forwarned and beware.


The best time to do something worth-while is between yesterday and tomorrow.



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Our Wellston Trojan

Classmates Remembered List
Rest in Peace


Mickey Horn, class of 1960, passed away in his sleep on Thursday, April 7th, 2011 from complications of COPD. He has also suffered from Crohn's Disease for many years. Mickey donated his body to science. A memorial to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.

Mickey joined the Navy in his sophomore year and served 4 years. Afterards that he held a multitude of jobs before  becoming a car salesman - both new and used. In the 80s he had a "spiritual calling". He and his wife moved to Arizona where they became ministers to the homeless. The locals weren't too thrilled about homeless people hanging around, so they sort of ran them both out of town. Mickey moved back to Cape Girardeau where he opened another car lot.Mickey lived at 6204 Lenox.

Lowell Fletcher, class of 1962 lost his three-year battle with Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer on March 25, 2011.   Guest Book

Lowell was the owner of American Trucking where he once employed 103 delivery-drivers during the height of his business. Three years ago he was forced to shut down his business when fuel prices skyrocketed and his (face) cancer became more aggressive.
Lowell lived at 1526a Ogden Avenue.

Lee McKinney - Coach and teacher passed away April 4th.  He had coached basketball for 52 years.

His accomplishments were many including a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Guardian of the Game Award from the NCAA. He was a member of five Halls of Fame, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Missouri Baptist University Hall of Fame, Fontbonne University Hall of Fame, the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hall of Fame and the St. Clair High School Hall of Fame. He received the Stephanie Scott Survivor Award for his work with Coaches vs. Cancer.

Condolences to:
JoAnn '56 and Doris '60 Voepel
in the passing of their mother, Clara (age 96) on April 7th.
Tom April '57 in the passing of his mother-in-law, Clara Voepel on April 7th.

Science, Drivers Ed, P.E., and (Homeroom) Advisor

When I was in high school, I took Drivers' ed and Coach McKinney put in extra time to help me drive. One day he had me drive by the railroad tracks and I almost killed all of us in the car on the way back to the school, I drove over a "for sale" sign.

On my report card was a big fat F and I was distraught. Because I killed no one, I thought I earned a passing grade. He told me, "Theresa, the thought of you driving out there on the roads - I just couldn't pass you - sorry."

I did learn to drive later when I was a little more mature but often thought about him and probably should have thanked him because his failing me made me wait a few more years when I was finally ready to drive. What a wonderful teacher he was. Theresa (O'Connor) King '63

Coach McKinney was my home room teacher and a favorite. He was compassionate and had a wonderful sense of humor. Our class had fun learning because of him....and he could laugh at himself. A great loss.  Sue (Kennemore) Brown '66

Coach McKinney was my biology teacher my junior year at Wellston/Halter High. I remember dissecting frogs in his class (interesting). I remember his little daughter was the cheerleaders’ mascot - what a cutey. Good memories. Judy (Hart) Harris '65

I can remember when coach first started teaching at WHS. He told a story about moving into their new house. His kids wanted bunk beds in their room so he broke down and got them.

In the middle of the night one of the kids rolled off the top bunk onto the floor and started crying. Coach's side of his bed faced the bedroom closet. This was just the opposite as it was in their old house. 

Coach jumped up out of bed and ran into the closet trying to get to the kid. The door closed behind him. He started slinging clothing all over the closet trying to get out, not knowing where he was. His wife went to care for the child before finally let couch out of the closet. Our class roared when we heard this story. Terry Franklin '64


May 1

Norma Polk '50
Pat Murphy '62

May 8 Juanita Wessell '60

May 19 Loretta Hulahan '43

 May 20
Bill Judd '49
              Ben Blanton '56

May 2

May 3

Tony Busalacchi '61

Wardell Sellers '39
Betty Ellsworth '60

May 10

Judy McIntosh '60

 May 23 Bob Steers '57
            Larry Peacock '59

            Judy Hedley '60

May 5

May 6

Pete Reitz '51

Linda Hopen '63

May 14

May 18

Carol Brophy '54

Charlotte Landuyt '62

May 27 Ellen Williams '61

May 28 Jim Stiles '62





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by: Mari (Treadway) Roades '65 (6523 Mount Ave)

The biggest factor that determines how well you age is not your genes but how you live. Not convinced? A February study of 20,000 British folks published in the British Medical Journal shows that you can cut your risk of having a stroke in half by doing just a few things: being active for 30 minutes a day, eating five daily servings of fruit and vegetables, and avoiding cigarettes and excess alcohol.

Although those are some of the obvious steps you can take to age well, researchers have discovered that centenarians tend to share certain traits in how they eat, move about, and deal with stress—the sorts of things we can emulate to improve our own aging process. Of course, getting to age 100 is enormously more likely if your parents did. Still, Thomas Peris who studies the century-plus set at Boston University School of Medicine, believes that—assuming you’ve sidestepped genes for fatal diseases like Huntington’s—“there’s nothing stopping you from living independently well into your 90’s. “ Heck, if your parents and grandparents were heavy smokers they might have died prematurely without ever reaching their true potential life span. So go ahead and shoot for the triple digits.

1. DON’T RETIRE. “Evidence shows that in societies where people stop working abruptly the incidence of obesity and chronic disease skyrockets after retirement,” says Luigi Ferrucci, director of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. The Chianti region of Italy, which has a high percentage of centenarians, has a different take on leisure time. “After people retire from their jobs, they spend most of the day working on their little farm, cultivating grapes or vegetables, “he says. “They’re never really inactive.’ Farming isn’t for you? Volunteer as a docent at your local art museum, or join the Experience Corps, a program offered in 19 cities that places senior volunteers in urban public elementary schools for about 15 hours a week.

2. FLOSS EVERY DAY. That may help keep your arteries healthy. A 2008 New York University study showed that daily flossing reduced the amount of gum- disease-causing bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria are thought to enter the bloodstream and trigger inflammation in the arteries, a major risk factor for heart disease.

3. MOVE AROUND. “Exercise is the only real fountain of youth that exists, “ says Jay Olshansky a professor of medicine and a researcher in the field of aging at the University of Illinois-Chicago. “It’s like the oil and lube job for our car. You don’t have to do it but your car will definitely run better.” Study after study shows that exercise improves your mood, mental acuity, balance, muscle mass, and bones. “And the benefits kick in immediately after your first workout.” Olshansky adds.

4. EAT A FIBER-RICH CEREAL FOR BREAKFAST. Getting a serving of whole grains—especially in the morning--appears to help older folks maintain stable blood sugar levels throughout the day, according to a recent study conducted by Ferrucci and his colleagues. “Those who do this have a lower incidence of diabetes, a known accelerator of aging,” he says

5. GET AT LEAST SIX HOURS OF SHUT-EYE. Instead of skimping on sleep add more hours to your day get more to add years to your life. “Sleep is one of the most important functions that our body uses to regulate and heal cells,” says Ferrucci. “We’ve calculated that the minimum amount of sleep that older people need to get those healing REM phases is about six hours. Ideally between the hours of 10 PM and 6 AM. Those who reach the century mark make sleep a top priority.

6. CONSUME WHOLE FOODS NOT SUPPLEMENTS. Strong evidence suggests that people who have high blood levels of certain nutrients—selenium, beta carotene, Vitamins C and E—age much better and have a slower rate of cognitive decline. Unfortunately there’s no evidence that taking pills that contain these nutrients provides anti-aging benefits. Avoid nutrient-lacking white foods (breads, flour and sugar) and go for all those colorful fruits and vegetables and dark whole-grain breads and cereals with their host of hidden nutrients.

7. BE LESS NEUROTIC. It may work for Woody Allen, who infuses his worries with a healthy dose of humor, but the rest of us neurotics may want to find new ways to deal with stress. “We have a new study that shows that centenarians tend not to internalize things or dwell on their troubles. “Says Peris. “They are rolling with the punches.”

8. BE A CREATURE OF HABIT. Centenarians tend to live by strict routines, says Olshansky, eating, the same kind of diet and doing the same kinds of activities their whole lives. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day is a good habit to keep your body in a steady equilibrium, which can be easily disrupted as your age. ‘Pour physiology becomes frailer when you get older “explains Ferrucci, “and it’s harder for our body to bounce back if you, say, miss a few hours of sleep one night or drink too much alcohol.” This can weaken immune defenses, leaving you more susceptible to circulating flu viruses or bacterial infections.

9. LIVE LIKE A SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST. Members of the denomination have an average life expectancy of 89, about a decade longer than the average American. One of the basic tenets of the religion is that it’s important to cherish the body that’s on loan from God, which means no smoking, alcohol or overindulging in sweets. Followers typically stick to a vegetarian diet based on fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts and get plenty of exercise. They’re also very focused on family and community.

10. STAY CONNECTED. Having regular social contact with friends and loved ones is the key to avoiding depression, which can lead to premature death, something that’s particularly prevalent in elderly widows and widowers. Some psychologists even think one of the biggest benefits elderly folks get from exercise is the strong social interactions that come from walking with a buddy or taking a group exercise class. Having a daily connection with a close friend or family member gives older folks the added benefit of having someone to watch their backs.

If there are any topics you are interested in hearing more about…email me at [email protected]



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“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words….”

by: Roger Noon '62 | FLASHLIGHT REPORTER
(6418 Mount Avenue)

You probably know the rest of it “…will never hurt me”.  I wish it were true, but unfortunately not so. 

In High School it’s all about fitting in and not being singled out as “different” or “strange”.  That’s not to say you can’t stand out as an athlete, academic, or an artistic person, but there are the inevitable pigeonholes of being classified, whether it’s deserved or not.

High School, at any given time, has its own word usage. Some words are popular - others not. Take for instance the word “fruit. If you were called one, it was not a complimentary term. It could  cause a fight or become a stigma in your life. How that term came to be something other than a nourishing food, maybe we will never know. But it was there when I came to high school and it was there when I graduated. Somebody started it and somewhere in the years ahead it was replaced with something else as a derogatory “in word." Of course, this is nothing new. Word meanings are being expanded all the time.  “Cool” did not merely mean a lower temperature, but also had a musical connotation of being “great.  Now “cool” is used when kids are pleased about something.

Looking back, it was just plain frivolous, but then it seemed so important not to be called one. I am sure there are terms used now among students in high school which strike a sense of foreboding in their lives as well.  Yes there were “bullies” then.  Yes there were “cliques” who kept to themselves or constantly critiqued others, but, the results today seem to be so much more devastating (cyber bullies, teen suicides, etc).  I don’t remember anyone bringing a gun to school, (knives  yes!) experiencing bomb threats (perhaps stink odors from the science lab!) or the like. But then again, we live in more dangerous times with consequences for school-aged children than ever before!

After all these years we should have learned our lessons about the power and persuasion of words. If you have been a parent, you have been reminded of how powerful they can be on the “little ones” as well as the “older ones”.  As a model and mentor, what you say does affect others.  The “good” terms we can use to reconnect with how we spoke some time ago. The” bad” terms should have been discarded in favor of mature adult attitudes and behavior.             Roger Noon ‘62

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



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Bill Voos (’48)
Sandy (Gibbons) LaRouche ’57
JoAnn (Williams) Croce ’60
Bea McBride '66

Mary Kay (Parker) Morse '56

Jim Shaw '45

Joe Hunter '54
Gloria (Schwenk) Turner '59
Larry Turner '60
JoAnn (Williams) Croce '60
Phyllis (Crouch) Russom '62

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
(Office closed until April 1st)


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In 1977 I was working for a company selling copiers and our staff was sent to hear motivational speakers at the old Checkerdome. Zig Zigler, the grandfather of such seminars, paced the stage like a well trained pony, telling his tale of peddling vacuum cleaners during the depression. He rocked!

What I carried away at the end of the session was that if you love what you are doing it isn't work. "Don't get up and say I HAVE to go to work, get up and say I GET to go to work." Many unemployed people would like to be able to say that. He was right.

As special events coordinator for Famous-Barr Co. I loved every day of my job. New management had a new mind set and eliminated the promotional element of the public relations department. They took the 9th floor Santa Land and turned it into offices. My only regret is that I quit before Elizabeth Taylor made her public appearance at the store. That would have been interesting, but the job just wasn't fun anymore. I quit.

On May 23, 1993 I performed my first wedding ceremony, answering a request from my son and a calling, quite possibly from a "higher source." Since that time I have married 771 couples in ceremonies in 7 states and Italy. I christen babies and say final words for those who pass on, often the grandparents of those I have married. It isn't work for me—it is pure joy.

Weddings are, at once, all the same, and yet, each is unique. They range from $50-75,000 affairs, to the very simplest of ceremonies, each equally important. The wedding pictured was in the simple category. Tracy and David show their delight in the pronouncement of their marriage in April 2011 on the Strolling Bridge in Benton Park, near my home. I was somewhat happy myself.

A close friends calls me "Pastor Prime. I can only hope she isn't right. When I have married 1001 couples I will give up this career, unless I get a different kind of calling from the same Presence who set me on this particular path.

Rev. U.S. Randall at West Park Baptist Church would be very surprised to see me now, I think. I was late for my own baptism because my friends wanted to watch Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show. Sandy Gibbons ‘57



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