63rd Edition
First issue         November, 1920


                                 May /June 2012


Trojan Head designed by  
Kermit Ruyle '47

4 Months until

 Reunion 2012
Oct 5,-6,-& 7th



Prices good through July 15, 2012

Oct 5th - Friday Mixer
St. Charles
Convention Center
3 – 8:00 pm
Light Appetizers
Cost: $35.00 (pp*)

Oct 6th - Saturday - Dinner/Dance
St. Charles Convention Center
6 – 7 pm
Cash Bar
7 – 11 pm
Cost: $70.00 (pp*)

Oct 7th - Sunday Picnic
St. Peters
Cultural Arts Room
11 – 3:30
Bring a lunch & drink
Cost: 3.00 (pp*)

(*per person)

(Buzzbook included with Saturday's event)

View Guest and events attending

2012  Member List











OCTOBER 5, 6, & 7TH

Reunion 2006 became a great learning experience. No other WHS reunion committee had ever undertaken such a task with so many classes. There were 480 in attendance at that reunion. Before dinner we were held in the entrance hall with minimal amount of seating for an hour. Hor d'orvers were served and a cash bar available for those who wanted something to drink. Because attendees gathered by the kitchen door were the only ones being served, the servers ran out of food before those at the rear could be served. 

We learned from our mistakes at reunion 2006 and corrected most lot of the errors for Reunion 2009.  A nicer receiving bag was given to those who attended the dinner and the buzz book had more information and much better binding. Everyone was assigned a seat. Those of us who attended Reunion 2006 will remember when the doors opened everyone scrambled to find a seat. Some never saw their classmates the whole evening! It became a nice way of making new friends but we were there to see our friends of yesteryear.

When doors open for Saturday’s dinner in 2012 no one will have to rush grabbing the first vacant seat they see.  Like Reunion 2009, seats will be reserved with the class or persons requested on the reservation form. Tables are assigned as reservations are received. A maximum of either eight or ten people will be seated at each table.

Many alumni have already made reservations to different events over the three day weekend. Reservations mailed early insures you will be sitting with the group you requested. As we get closer to the date of the reunion, every effort will be made to seat you according to that request. If there is no seat available, you will be seated with a class or table nearest your choice.

As part of the table centerpieces, at this reunion
the class year sitting at that table will be displayed along with table numbers helping to make it easier finding friends. Remember to place the class you want to sit with Saturday night when sending in reservations. Unless specified differently, you will be seated with your class.

Since we have all grown a little older, without name tags it would be almost impossible to recognize each other or which group we belong with. Some of us have bad eyes – even name tags can’t help! Your high school picture will displayed on your name tag along with your graduation year and the table you have been assigned to sit at.

So far 177 have signed up for this years Saturday dinner. We have guaranteed the convention center 325 people!  We are way behind in attendance for reunion 2012. Reunions have been fun with many alumni reuniting lost friendships.  We are doing things together such as meeting for lunch or dinner, taking vacations, sharing email jokes, or talking on the phone. Isn't there someone from your past you would like to see again?  Check out the guest list to see who is attending and which event.  Hopefully, your name is on that list too.  There's an event fitting everyone's budget. We hope you can attend. Remember, without your help these reunions will fade away.




May/June, 2012


The National Association of Railway Business (NARBW) is an organization of women who have worked or are working for the railroad. Each year they choose a different city in which to hold their convention. This year it was held in Chicago, Illinois. 

Each chapter selects a member to go to the convention as their representative. This year Cheryl Horne '61 was selected to represent the St. Louis Chapter at the convention.

From the representatives one is chosen to be the National Women of the Year based on her essay about what she has done to deserve the title. This year a member of the Houston Chapter was selected. Cheryl was honored to have been selected to represent her chapter this year.  
Cheryl Horne '61 (1565 Valle)



On May 1 and 2, Jordyn, granddaughter of Gary Huffstutter ’62 and Donna Hagan ’68, performed in a Broadway musical production presented by the Ferguson-Florissant School District at UMSL. Each year for the past sixteen years the school district has put on a musical production to inspire children to personal excellence, increase their self confidence and self discipline, and to help them improve their relationships with others through the arts.  This year's theme was "Broadway Lights."

Jordyn was one of five children chosen from her school to perform. The children are volunteers who work for twenty-five weeks to prepare for this show.

It is wonderful to see students from fourth through eighth grades perform like professionals and to appreciate how much work and determination it takes to perform choreographed dance routines so well. 


Janice Clark '61 wrote to say that her granddaughter, Brooke graduated from Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC on May 12, 2012. She and her fiancée, Lou both graduated cum laude. She has been accepted into MUSC, (Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston) where she plans to pursue a career in Physical Therapy.           the Clarks lived at 6136 Wagner Avenue                              


The Annual Notre Dame Luncheon was held at The Grappa Grill on May 15th with sixty in attendance, sixteen of whom were WHS alumni. As usual the food was delicious. Being able to view pictures and memorabilia brought by many was truly a treat.

We are sorry to have lost Jerry Sullivan who had spent so much time and energy organizing the past luncheons. What a blessing he was! I want to thank his wife Lil who helped me so very much in organizing this years and to all who helped make this a fun event. I hope to see you next year.

If you attended Norte Dame Grade School but have never received an invitation, please contact Cheryl so your name can be added to the database. The reunions are a lot of fun.
Cheryl Horne '61 (1565 Valle Ave)

 [email protected] or call (314) 429-2861. 

Respect tradition---but never let it destroy a new thought.



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Sandy Gibbons '57 says she's had a spring filled with her family. She spent a week in Monterey, Ca with her daughter, Holly and granddaughter, Lilliana, age 8,in March. Holly is creating a nation-wide testing program for high school students for CTB, a division of McGraw-Hill. Remember taking the "California Test" when we were kids? This is the company she works for - California Testing Bureau.

All three of these women love to be by the sea.


Did you know you can flip a toaster on its side and grill cheese in it?

Reynolds Wrap and other wraps have lock in taps to hold the roll in place


Place a wooden
spoon over a pot of boiling water and it won't boil over.

Here are a few more.....

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold! (But you can scrape off any mold and still eat the cheese without changes in flavor!)

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and stronger flavored.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.
It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

To make scrambled eggs or omelets rich...add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream to make them richer.

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic....

and at the end of the recipe if you want a stronger taste of garlic.

Reheat leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, on med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza.

Easy Deviled Eggs: Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag, seal, mash, add remainder of ingredients, keep mashing, mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw the bag away!

Reheating refrigerated bread: To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

Newspaper weeds away: Plant your plants in the ground, work the nutrients into your soil. Then wet newspapers, put layers around the plants..overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch, and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic, they will not get through wet newspapers.

To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and squirrels won't come near it.

Flexible vacuum: To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip or slacks to eliminate static cling. You will not have a clingy skirt or dress, or slacks when wearing panty hose; ... Ta DA! ... Static is gone.

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

Goodbye Fruit Flies: To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Get Rid of Ants: Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' they can't digest it so...it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

Dropped a small object on the carpet and can't find it? Place panty hose over the end of the vacuum hose and start vacuuming. The panty hose will keep it from getting sucked into the vacuum.

Need to cut some corn off the cob?
Use your Bundt pan. Place the ear on the opening in the center of the pan, and as you slide the knife down the ear, all the kernels will collect in the main part of the pan


It isn't where you came from that counts---but where you are going



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Classmates Remembered List
Rest in Peace

Our Wellston Trojan

Emroe (Bud) Replogle '44 passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 28, 2012 from lung cancer. Bud was a retired tool maker from McDonnell Douglas Corporation. His hobbies were making lamps out of tree limbs and restoring his 1930 Model A Ford. You rarely saw him without wearing his Ford cap. The Replogles lived on Delaware Avenue next to the Corner Grocery Store.

Shirley Cooper '55 passed away April 30, 2012 from a heart attack. Shirley owned and operated a company that specialized in estate sales.

She lived on Valle Avenue.

Maurice O'Leary '45 passed away June 8, 2012 from renal failure. He was retired from Shop and Save as a receiving manager. His hobbies were bowling, golfing and traveling.  Visit Guest Book

Maurice lived at 1516 Wellston Place

Lucille Goeringer '47 passed away May 22, 2012 due to complications of a stroke she had five years ago which left her paralyzed. She was a stay-at-home mom.
Condolences to:

Glenn Butts '54 i
n the passing of his wife, Annie from colon cancer 2/14/12
Bobby Dearnin '62 in the passing of his mother at 90 years of age February, 2012
Mary '65, Ted '68, and Carol '69 Treadway in the passing of their mother, Celeste 4/24/12
Nancy Hendricks '62 in the passing of her husband Bud Replogle '44 on 4/28/12
Bob Bennett '51 in the passing of his x-wife, Shirley Cooper '55 on 4/30/12
John '47, Doris '55, and Jim '65 Bennett and Marge Throgmorton '49 and Vince Baum '53 in the passing of their sister-in-law, Shirley Cooper '55 on 4/30/12

We are what we do---not what we did.



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May 1 Polk, Norma '50
Lanier, Pat '62
May 10 McIntosh, Judy '60 May 23 Steers, Bob '57
May 2 Busalacchi, Tony '61 May 13 Dreyer, Sue Ann '53 May 27 Erwin, Lee '57
Williams, Ellen
May 3 Calvin, George '44 May 18 Lanuyt, Charlotte '62 Mar 28 Stiles, Jim '62
May 5 Reitz, Pete '51 May 20 Judd, Bill '49
Blanton,Ben '56
May 9 Gereau, Nancy '69 May 22 Jackson, Beverly '61    


Jun 2 Hoesli, Evelyn '56
McGinnis, Mike '62
Jun 11 April, Dave '60 Jun 23 Larson, Frank '51
Jun 4 Eberle, Gertrude '50
Masters, Jerry '60
Taylor, Robert '64
Jun 14 Tiernan, Pat '53
Chiesa, Josephine '61
Jun 25 Schwenk, Gloria '59
Jun 5 Ridgeway, Bill '53 Jun 19 Perkins, Bob '50 Jun 27 Braucksieker, Bill '45
Jun 6 Grooms, Jerry '53
Ritterbusch, David '54
Jun 20 Smoot, Joan '55

Grant, Richard '53
Jun 29 Brooks, Gary '65
Jun 7 Oswald, June '47 Jun 21 Gamma, Carl '56 Jun 30 Oliphant, Colleen '51
Jun 10 Jeffries, Jack '62        


The Friday Mixer and Saturday Night Dinner/Dance will be held at the St. Charles Convention Center. The picnic is being moved back to the St. Peters Cultural Arts Room located in St Peters City Hall, (5200 Mexico Road), which is the same place it was held in 2006. It is easily accessible, has plenty of parking and is enclosed for inclement weather. The room will hold 325 people. Weather permitting, the park can be used too.
 Jimmy Bennett '65 is in charge of music for Reunion 2012. He has chosen a disc jockey who plays 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s music for the dinner/dance Saturday night.  If there's a special song you would like to hear, let us know so we can pass the request to the DJ and hopefully your song can be played. 
 Rooms are available at the
Embassy Suites at a very reasonable rate.

  Single rate Double rate Triple rate Quad rate
King bed $114.00 $119.00 $124.00 $134.00
Double bed 119.00 119.00 129.00 139.00

Hotel room rates are subjected to the prevailing state and local taxes in effect at the time of check-in. Currently the rate is 14.42%

Guests can either sign up online or call 1-800-317-6396 or 636-946-5544 and ask for Reservations. You need to ask for The Welhisco Alumni Room Block when making reservations. 
Special pricing will be available until September 5th or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first

To see who has already signed up to attend Reunion 2012 click the Here.  They are waiting for your name to appear on the list next.

Have questions about Reunion 2012? Call 636-696-4693.

 Things happen.



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May/June, 2012

By Joyce (Perkins) Sudbeck '53 
1853 Irving Avenue

For the March/April Flashlight issue, I submitted a picture of my classmates from the 5th grade at Wellsmar Elementary School. Well, not all my classmates, just the girls. I happen to have a picture of the boys, as well, so I am submitting it in the hope of taking you back in time. That is, if you were one of the handsome young men in the picture. I believe the year was 1945-1946. Even if you don’t remember all the faces, you will likely remember the lovely, Mrs. Hannebrink who taught our class.

From left to right in the back row: (Double click picture to enlarge)

Tanner Morrow - a very mannerly and likeable fellow
Floyd Allen - Floyd was extremely quiet for a 5th grade boy
Tommy Owens - Another quiet one and a good student
Jack Gamma - He was outgoing with a great deal of leadership ability
Emil Whitenmyer - Not sure of the spelling of this last name. Good guy.
Claude Smith - A fun fellow with a great sense of humor
Gene Rolfe - A little bit of mischief but a whole lot of personality
Kenneth (Dean) Guinther - A real sweetheart with a real big brain
Jimmy Brown - For whatever reason, never knew him very well

From left to right in the middle row:

John Bewig - A big teddy-bear kind of guy, amiable and friendly
C. L. Cooley (Claude Leonard?) - Another friendly one
James Goodwin - Cooperative, helpful, and dependable
Kenneth Skaggs - Full of fun and adventure
Marvin Fulton - Don’t remember him at all
Norman Bauer - One of the all-around good guys (pretty cute, too)
Bill Brown - Respected, smart, liked by both the boys and the girls
Wayne Georges - Happy-go-lucky and down to earth

From left to right in the front row:

Scotty McGrew - Neat, clean, well mannered and nice guy
Joe Vanti - He was fun to be around and very likeable
Gene (Clyde) Briggs - Another neat as a pin and wholesome as could be
Ray Woodworth - My sweetheart through the early years at Wellsmar
Carl Detmer - Cute as a button, smart as a whip and lots of fun
Frank Lam - Very smart, kind, thoughtful, charming
John Verbal - Pretty quiet but very helpful when needed

If you happened to have counted the girls in last month’s picture, there were fifteen in all. The boys in our class numbered twenty-four. Can you imagine thirty-nine 10-11 year olds in one classroom? Believe it or not, Mrs. Hannebrink kept out attention, taught us our lessons. We were more than prepared for sixth grade when it rolled around.

Most of the boys were just regular guys. Yes, sometimes they were up to some mischief or got sent to the office but it didn’t happen all that often. I believe that without some of their pranks, slight misbehavior, and class disruptions, things would have gotten pretty dull. It gave us something to whisper and giggle about, which was all part of school days at Wellsmar.

Though some of these boys are no longer with us, I’d like to remember them as they were back then, when the world seemed a whole lot more real. Kids were kids and not just “pint-sized adults.”

So many years have passed since 5th grade but I wouldn’t trade a minute of those memories for anything in the world. It was all a part of growing up, and with any luck, I might someday - grow up, that is. In the meantime, I’m enjoying my life to the fullest.

A lie hurts, but what hurts more is---that you can no longer believe the teller.



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

   Nope, just can’t deny it. It was 50 years ago this coming June 6th, the class of 1962 took the stage and received their diplomas as had so many classes before.

          As was custom, the 63 seniors entered to the music of “Pomp and Circumstance”. Charlotte Landuyt gave the invocation. Sandy Johnson sang “Climb Every Mountain” and was later accompanied by Judy Pallardy with “Graduation Day”.

          Mike McGinnis gave the Salutatory remarks while Jeranda Stilts provided the Valedictory speech. (I wonder if they still have copies! It wouldn’t hurt to hear them again.)

          The guest speaker for the occasion was Mr. J.D. Robb, manager of Training at McDonnell Aircraft who entitled his address “The Count Down”. (Anyone remember what he said?) Since he was in aeronautics, no doubt it had to do with achieving your goals in life as America was involved with the “space race” against the Russians. 

          The awarding of scholarships was a part I remember quite well because I received a scholarship of $250 to attend Southeast Missouri State (along with a bunch of other people). The ironic part is that I was not going there, but to Valparaiso University in Indiana (no scholarship from them).

          Our Class President, Jim Downes presented the school with the Class Gift. I have no idea what it was! Class of ’62, do you?

          Then came the stroll to the stage to receive our diplomas. We were followed by parents with cameras trying to snap that moment when the diploma left the hand of Mr. Troy Hart of the Wellston Board of Education and into ours.

          Then it was singing the school song followed by the “War March of the Priests” recessional.

          Oh yes, the class motto “Not the End, But the Beginning”, the colors “Orchid and White”? Our class flower was-you guessed it, the orchid.         

All in all, it was a fairly typical graduation service at WHS. But for our classes and all who went before and after, life would change forever. We would lose that day to day friendship and the center of our four year social activity-WHS. We would make the changes with marriage, military service, college, work, etc. New relationships were in the offing.

          It began to dawn on us when we wrote pieces in the Senior Class memory books or the Welhisco Yearbook. We were caught between the familiar and the future. Like everyone else, I was eager to graduate and get on with what came next.  In this case, it was more school! There was that twinge of regret. I wish now the graduation could have been taped! Wouldn’t that be fun to view!

                                                                           Roger Noon ‘62    

Heroes are the people who do what has to be done---regardless of the consequences



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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


[email protected]


Email address are available online:

Reconnect to your class friends and neighborhood playmates.
If you would like to be listed send us a note!

PGA Rule Changes for Seniors

Rule 1.a.5 (A)
A ball sliced or hooked into the rough shall be lifted and placed on the fairway at a point equal to the distance it carried or rolled into the rough with no penalty. The senior should not be penalized for tall grass which ground keepers failed to mow.

Rule 2.d.6 (B)
A ball hitting a tree shall be deemed not to have hit the tree. This is simply bad luck and luck has no place in a scientific game. The senior player must estimate the distance the ball would have traveled ff it had not hit the tree and play the ball from there.

Rule 3.B.3(G)
There shall be no such thing as a lost ball. The missing ball is on or near the course and will eventually be found and pocketed by someone else, making it a stolen ball. The player is not to compound the felony by charging himself or herself with a penalty.

Rule 4.c.7(H)
If a putt passes over a hole without dropping, it is deemed to have dropped. The law of gravity supersedes the rules of golf.

Rule 5.J (I)
Putts that stop close enough to the cup that they could be blown in, may be blown in. This does not apply to balls more than three inches from the hole. No one wants to make a travesty of the game.

Rule 6.a.9(k)
There is no penalty for so-called "out of bounds." If penny-pinching golf course owners bought sufficient land, this would not occur.. The senior golfer deserves an apology, not a penalty.

Rule 7..G.15(z)
There is no penalty for a ball in a water hazard, as golf balls should float. Senior golfers should not be penalized for manufacturers' shortcomings.

Rule 8.k.9( S)
Advertisements claim that golf scores can be improved by purchasing new golf equipment. Since this is financially impractical for many senior golfers, one-half stroke per hole may be subtracted for using old equipment.


Please advise all your senior friends of these important rule changes...



Send in Your Story! Let us know where you’ve been and what you’ve done with your life.  Everyone loves a good story – what better reading then about someone you know!!  [email protected]

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