55th Edition
First issue         November, 1920


                                 JULY, 2011


Trojan Head designed by  
Kermit Ruyle '47

14 Months until

 Reunion 2012



July Birthdays
Page 4

Missing Alumni
in June



WHS Club -

2011 Members

Thank you for your support

Click Picture for nearest fireworks
(type in your city)

Keep our troops in your prayers for their safe return while celebrating this 4th of July










Mapping Decline

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

In May's issue of the Flashlight, Dr. Tate related some information from Colin Gordon's "Mapping Decline" and the effects it had on St. Louis and our Wellston area.  She's added more information to her blog which we have shared with you.

Gordon quotes an observer from the late 1970s: "St. Louis is not a typical city, but, like a Eugene O'Neill play, it shows a general condition in a stark and dramatic form." "More dramatically than most," Gordon says, "St. Louis followed a middle-American pattern of concentrated inner-city poverty, intense racial segregation, and dramatic population loss. This pattern," he says, "was suffered by many of the nation's older urban areas, but St. Louis lead the pack."

The chronology is devastating. In 1941, the League of Women Voters reported that "St. Louis has been losing population to the county at such a rapid rate in the last few years that soon it will be left with its slums and too few taxpayers to support them."

In 1956, a visiting French businessman noted that St. Louis, "looked like a European city bombed in the war."

Gordon traced the development and then abandonment of the first-ring suburbs such as Wellston. "Railroad suburbs" like Wellston sprang up wherever the trains and streetcars could take city residents.

"New economic development in the 1920s and 1930s" was led by electrical supply and manufacturing firms such as Wagner and Emerson. This development pushed employment and investments to the city's western edge and across the county line into inner suburbs like Wellston."

"In St. Louis County," says Gordon, "the central inner-ring suburbs were essentially extensions of the city and reflected the same patterns of land use...as those parts of the city they bordered." In Wellston's case, this meant industry.

Eventually, "Chapter 99" tax-abatement areas designating blighted parcels "covered much of Wellston." As Gordon points out, Wellston was "less a part of suburban St. Louis: and instead was part of the "kind of development (and redevelopment) challenge found in the City itself."

"By 1970," Gordon writes, "the locus of white settlement had moved to the western reaches of St. Louis County, racial succession and white flight now reached the inner-ring suburbs (University City, Normandy, Wellston) sitting east of the City's north side, and the older north-side neighborhoods were largely abandoned." (Does Gordon mean "west of the City's north side" perhaps??)

Scattered among vacant lots and substandard housing, parts of Wellston are being revitalized. Rehabilitation of solid old structures and new residential construction can be seen all over Wellston. The 2010 picture above depicts a ongoing rehab of 6322 Ridge Ave., the home of Sandy Gibbons '57, Julie Kehr ‘62 and Mel Kehr ‘67, owned by family members from 1934 to 1964.

Six new homes in the $110K range have been constructed on the quiet cul-de-sac, Glenchort Ave. and there is new construction on Minerva Ave. Prospective home buyers must qualify for $80K to be considered for a mortgage on Glenchort properties. Each buyer receives $2,500 for closing.



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


Six ladies from the classes of '60, '61, and '62 met at Joe Baccardi's Restaurant (Eureka) to exchange pictures they had taken at reunion 2003. They enjoyed seeing each other and decided to meet each month for lunch - which they have for 8 years now.

The original six included: Carol Beeman '60, Janet Scott '60, JoAnn Williams '60, Cheryl Horne '61, Josephine Chiesa '61, and Kathy Erwin '62.
After the reunions of 2006 and 2009 their group grew to over 25. They average 13 ladies each luncheon, some traveling from Raymondsville, New London and Collinsville (Illinois), sharing stories and friendship.

Top picture, left side (front to back) Sandy Dudley '60, Betty Housewright '60, Doris Voepel '60, Mary Ann Crecelius '60, Judy Roberts '61.
Right side (Front to back): Carol Beeman '60, Janet Scott '60, JoAnn Williams '60, Kathy Erwin '62, Wanda Cornman '60, Josephine Chiesa '61, and Cheryl Horne '61 on the end.
(Click picture to enlarge)

Several of the girls have been vacationing with each other since Reunion 2003 also. They have traveled to Florida twice and Branson the past 6 years.

Picture on the left: Left to Right: Wanda Cornman, Kathy Erwin, Mary Ann Crecelius, Carol Beeman, Cheryl Horne, and Janet Scott. (click picture to enlarge)



The class of '56 girls have been meeting for lunch for some years. Their monthly meeting was at Miss Aimee B's (St. Charles) which is a very popular for ladies luncheons. It was a very busy afternoon when the name  "Busalacchi" was overheard being mentioned at the adjoining table. As it turns out, there were four ladies from the class of '59 having lunch and they were indeed talking about Charlie Busalacchi - class of '57.

'56 girls pictured at the top, left side - front to back: Peggy Taylor, Glenda Barker, Joyce Yokum, Shirley Waller
Right side - front to back: Sharon Narrell, Mary Kay Parker, Bonnie Landsbury, and Colena Prince.

'59 girls pictured on right, left side - front to back: Carol Ridley, Barbara Hill. Right side - front to back: Sandy Hague and Charlotte Daniels (Jim's '60 wife).

Everyone is dealing with some issue---be gentle.



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1) This year, July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays! This happens once every 823 years.

2) This year we're going to experience 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11 and that's not all

3) Take the last two digits of the year in which you were born in and add your age you will be this year. The result will be 111 for EVERYONE in the world.


In 1920 "Cool Papa" Bell joined the many African Americans escaping the impoverished south for urban centers of the midwest, bringing their music and their baseball with them. Bell moved to St. Louis because, he later said, “You could just live better and make more money.” Four of his older brothers already lived in St. Louis, where they played for a black semi-pro team, the Compton Hill Cubs, on Sundays and holidays. Soon the wiry (5’11”, 145 lbs.) James was playing for the team too as a knuckleball pitcher while also earning $21.20 per week laboring at the Independent Packing Company and attending high school at night.

The team disbanded in August 1921 and in 1922 Bell joined another semi-pro team, the East St. Louis Cubs. He earned $20 per week for pitching on Sundays. On 3 May 1922 he signed with the St. Louis Stars, a major power in the Negro National League, for $90 per month. He reportedly earned his famous nickname as a rookie with the Stars, when he calmly struck out the feared slugger Oscar Charleston in a crucial situation. The players began calling him “Cool,” which manager Bill Gatewood later modified to “Cool Papa.”

Bell pitched and played the outfield occasionally until 1924, when, at Gatewood’s urging, he made two changes that would be crucial to his later success: He began playing center field exclusively, and he learned to switch hit. (Although a left-handed thrower, Bell had always batted right-handed.) Bell eventually became a defensive star in center field, known for playing unusually shallow because his speed enabled him to reach most balls hit over his head.

While some stories may be exaggerated, his speed was real. He was once clocked circling the bases in an astonishing TWELVE seconds! He stole 175 bases in just under 200 games. His skill with the bat established a lifetime batting average of .341. ( It would be interesting to know how much his contract would be worth if he played in today's market.)

Back in the day we didn't watch a lot of television nor were there computers to take up our time. We had to create our games such as the rubber band gun made with clothes pins kids use to carve. You can find them at garage sales now for a buck or even buy them off of Ebay for just a little more. 

"Rich and poor have this in common; The Lord is the Maker of them all." Proverbs 22:2




JULY, 2011


Nominations are being accepted for officers (President, Secretary/Treasurer) and (5) trustees for Reunion 2015. If you are interested in any of these positions or if you know someone who would like to work on the next reunion, please send in their name.

The existing officers and Trustees have done an excellent job producing awesome and memorable reunions in the last years but now they would like to step down and let others take over with new and different ideas.

Ballots will be sent to WHS 2011 Club Members and 2006 Guarantors later this year.  Election results will be announced at Reunion 2012. 

1963 Interest Rates

Isn't it interesting, in 1963 the banks were paying 4% if you left your money in the bank for one year or 3 1/2% for anything less. Those were indeed the days ,my friends, that came to an end! Now you're very lucky if you can find a bank paying a whopping 1/2% on a one-year CD.

(Click picture to enlarge)

Wagner Electric
Retirees' Picnic

August 18th at St. Rita's Church
10:30 am to 1:30 pm
North and South Avenue @ Page Avenue
Admission Fee: $3.00 - light lunch served
For more information contact: Jerry Blankenship 314-808-4209

Character is what you do---on the 4th try.



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Our Wellston Trojan

Classmates Remembered List
Rest in Peace


 Wardell (Sellers) Beebe, class of 39 celebrated her 90th birthday May 3rd. After a long battle with congestive heart failure, she passed away May 13th. Wardell worked as a manager for Grants Department store until they went out of business, then in the office at Prairie Farms Dairy until she retired in 1989. She and her husband retired to Dunedin, FL to be near her family. She had many wonderful years before her heart attack in 2002, which began her slow decline. She had three children, two being WHS graduates.
 Wardell's pleasing personality and her great interest in sports made her one of Wellston's favorite cheerleaders. She lived at: 6350 Wellsmar

Lila Childress '43 passed away June 16th. She was a retired employee of Huttig Sash & Door Company.
Lila's motto in school was "The world belongs to the energetic." She was a Pepper member and active in most sports. 
Guest book

Condolences to:

Al '62, Sally '65 and a younger brother, Edward Beebe who graduated from Granite City HS in '76 in the loss of their mother, Wardell Sellers '39.
 Ken Fitzsimmons '46 in the loss of his wife (63 years) Lila Childress '43 Guest book
 Marcia Samuels '67 in the loss of her husband, Billy Jones on June 16th.


July 1

July 2

Micky Collins '43
Earl Willliams '54
Shirley Blake '64

Bill Voos '48

July 8

July 9

July 11
David (Poncho) Canady

Marian Eggert '48

Bud Watson '60

July 18  Paul Hegstenberg '67
July 21  Sheryl Stilts '65

July 22  June Lawrence '63
Carol Hulst '65
 Judy Hagan '73

July 4

July 5

David Kammeier '60

Glenn Butts '54
Larry Wright '57

July 10

July 13

Elva Torrence '47
Don Grant '51

Clara Thompson '47

July 23   Marian Wissman '53

July 6

July 7

Tom Baum '54
Joyce Yokum '58

Dorothy Broker '40
Joe Hunter '54
Roberta Zeltmann '58
Sharon Mobley '64

July 14

July 15

July 16

Bonnie Landsbury '57
Carl Gamma '56

Berniece McBride '66

John Dicks '50

  July 25  Helen Smith '43
              Judy Pallardy '62

July 26   Jim Shaw '45
              Norman Siebern '50

July 29   Ruth Douglas '53





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By Joyce (Perkins) Sudbeck ‘53
1853 Irving Avenue

Thanks to the diligent efforts of the Flashlight Newsletter and Jim Shaw, I was recently “found” and reconnected with what I think of as my Alma Mater (although, I spent my last year and a half at Normandy High School.)

 While looking back over some of the early ’50’s issues of the Flashlight, my mind began wandering back to the very heart of Wellston - Easton Avenue - and the wheels started turning.

 I won’t pretend that I remember all of the many businesses that lined both sides of Easton Avenue, from Evergreen to Hamilton Avenues, but I do recall quite a few. Imbedded in the memory of these places were other memories that surfaced as I mused.

 Come, take a short walk through Wellston with me, and see if we can spark some special memories for you.

 Let’s start at the corner of Evergreen and Easton -

 Western Auto - I remember taking six “free” Ballroom Dancing lessons, at the Arthur Murray Studio, upstairs over Western Auto. Later on I remember my parents square-dancing there. The second floor was always filled with music and laughter.

 Central Hardware - They had anything and everything you needed. I was saddened by their recent closure.

 The Wellston Theatre - I cannot begin to count the many matinees I attended for the admission price of one thin dime. I remember sitting through the same movie over and over, two or three times. No one ever made us leave after the first showing.

 Walgreen’s Drugstore - Who could forget those delicious “Cherry Cokes” and hand-dipped “Ice Cream Sodas and Sundaes?” I know I haven’t. Yum!

 S.S. Kresge’s - This was my first “real job” where I earned a whopping $.50 per hour. But…you know what? It is all money and it all spends, whether it is a large or a small amount. We made change with red and green “mills.” Remember those?

 Across the Hodiamont Streetcar tracks started another block with the Thom McCann Shoe Store - later replaced by Hill Brothers Shoes.

 Busy Bee Department Store - I bought many, many yards of corduroy fabric there to sew skirts to wear to school with my sweaters.

 Dau Furniture Store - Remember their motto: “What Dau promises, Dau always does.” I guess they did although I can’t remember buying furniture from them.

 J.C. Penney Department Store - Penney’s stores have historically been like “shoppers’ guardian angels” as long as I can remember. After all, they are still around and still going strong. Could we live without them?

 Crossing over and starting down the other side -

 The Victory Theatre - There were enough moviegoers in those days to populate both the Victory and the Wellston, any day of the week. And, we did.

 Morris Variety Store - They had “this and that” such as glassware, and bicycles. Coincidentally, Morris Variety afforded my husband, Harold’s, his first “real job.”

 Woolworth Dime Store - The same fare as S.S. Kresge’s but, again, there was enough business for both. Competition is a good thing.

 Westlake Drugstore - I’m at the corner of Hodiamont and Easton. I probably passed by some stores that I don’t remember.

 I believe Mavrakos Candy Store was just around the corner from Westlake.

 Ah-h-h-h-h! We come to the famous Wellston Loop where the busses turned around. The Hodiamont Streetcar passed right on through, headed for their own, personal Loop. Their Loop was located between Timberlake Avenue, and the continuation of Irving Avenue (where my brother, Bob Perkins ’50, and I lived.)

 Katz Drugstore (also in the Loop) - I am still wearing three pair of screw-type earrings I bought at Katz for $.50 each. “Waste not, want not.” as they say, or “What a pack-rat she must be,” others might say. Okay, I confess. I am. I never throw anything away.

 Marre’s Tavern - I don’t know anything about Marre’s except there was always a lot of activity, shouting, and laughter going on. I think they must have been having fun from the sound of things.

 Neisner’s Department Store - Yet another department store but with enough shoppers to keep them afloat.

 Deluxe (Restaurant?) - Around the corner from Neisner’s, on Irving. They served “heavenly” hamburgers and “delicious” fries. There were always a lot of teens and young people hanging out there. In those days, hamburgers and fries weren’t staples in our diets, so to bite into a Deluxe burger was a real treat. Deluxe was an all-around fun place to go.

 Zorensky’s - Hey guys! How many pairs of Threadneedle Street shoes did you own? They were real class, weren’t they? But, the price…Yikes!!!

 I’m getting weary, how about you? Only one more place to go, and we’ll stop. I believe there was an auto parts store on Easton across from Western Auto where we began this little stroll down memory lane.

 I believe there was a bank, a jewelry store, a donut shoppe, and a loan company somewhere along Easton. Perhaps you may remember who or where they were and how they fit into the “Wonderful World of Shopping” called Wellsto.

 Thanks for walking with me, I have enjoyed your company.

Be neither enamored by your success---nor defeated by your failures.



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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”.  Wish it were true, but unfortunately not so. 

          In High School, it’s so much trying to fit 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 an “in word” derogatory. 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 and consequences for high school age 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 the hospital the relatives gathered in the waiting room where a family member lay gravely ill. Finally the doctor came in looking tired and somber.

“I'm afraid I'm the bearer of bad news”, he said as he surveyed the worried faces,” the only hope left for your loved one at this time is a brain transplant.  It's an experimental procedure - very risky, but it is the only hope. Insurance will cover the procedure, but you will have to pay for the brain. ”

The family members sat silent as they absorbed the news. After a time, someone asked, “How much will a brain cost?”

The doctor quickly responded, “$5,000 for a male brain; $200 for a female brain.”

The moment turned awkward.  Some of the men actually had to 'try' not to smile, avoiding eye contact with the women. A man who was unable to control his curiosity finally blurted out the question everyone wanted to ask, “'Why is the male brain cost so much more than a female brain?”

The doctor smiled at the childish innocence and explained to the entire group, “It's just standard pricing procedure. We have to price the female brains a lot lower because they've been used.”

"Good morning," said the young man. "If I could take a couple minutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high-powered vacuum cleaners..."

"Go away!" said the old lady. "I'm broke and haven't got any money!" and she proceeded to close the door.

Quick as a flash, the young man wedged his foot in the door and pushed it wide open: "Don't be too hasty", he said. "at least wait until you have seen my demonstration" He emptied a bucket of horse manure onto her hallway carpet.

"Now, if this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this horse manure from your carpet madam, I will personally eat the remainder."

The old lady stepped back and said, "Well, let me get you a fork, 'cause they cut off my electricity this morning."


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