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                                 May, 2007



Trojan Head designed by Kermit Ruyle '47

Linda Price '54

Don Price '57

Jerry Cebe '57

Its NO April Fools Joke

Thelma Price Cebe turned 100 April 1


Debi McQuay - 2nd row, on the left

DEBI (MCQUAY) OATES ('66) chaperons a trip to Italy, hosting high school and college girls, twice a year. These students are either current or former students in Debi's classes at Lassen High School in Susanville, California (northeast California in the foothills of Sierras—about 90 miles NW of Reno, NV). The students organized a travel group called Lassen Student Travelers, but any one of any age can participate.
The first group divides their time between Rome and Florence, with one guided tour in both cities. The majority of time was non-scheduled and allowed the group to explore sites on their own. They added Venice and Siena (walled, medieval city) to their itinerary in the Spring trip, hosting 14 travelers that included two mothers, a married couple from Maine, and high school students.

"People in our geographical location seldom have an opportunity to explore historical sites and gorgeous art/ architecture. The company we travel with, Passports, Inc. of  Spencer, Massachusetts allows us to customize our trips (destinations, length, tours, types of travel) and has been a great company to deal with."

The students earned dollars through fund-raising efforts which included: operating ticket sales plus handling the security at our county fair, doing bake sales/catalog product sales, candle sales, Burger King server night, and other events to offset their costs.

The next trips are: Fall 2007 to Rome/Florence/ Pisa/ French & Italian Riviera/Nice/ Paris. The Spring 2008 trip is to Rome/Florence/Athens and other cities in Greece. If any of you would like to travel on one of our trips, write/call/email me for information.

"One of my favorite cities is Florence, Italy. When I attended Reunion 2006 in October, I found out my friends, PAUL & SHARON (CHUMLEY) ENDEJAN, stay in Florence almost every year for a month…plus, Sharon invited SUE MELTON and me for a girls’ trip to Florence! I’m off! Ciao!

Debi (McQuay) Oates,     530-251-2345              
Debi McQuay '66    
Debi McQuay now

Thelma Price Cebe Turns 100 April 1st.

Thelma Price Cebe, Mother of Linda Price '54, Larry Price '57, and Jerry Cebe '57, celebrated her 100th birthday on April 1st with many well wishers attending her party.  Click here for the rest of the story.

Dave Esche '62

Dave Esche, class '62 enjoys' his favorite pastime  fishing on Horseshoe Lake, near Bigfork, MT.  I don't know if it will show up well or not but I am holding a 2 pound small mouth bass I just caught while kayak fishing. I've caught blue gill, yellow perch, rainbow trout, bull trout, mountain white fish and squawfish, which are now called Pike Minnow's in Oregon, because we're not supposed to use the word "Squaw" to refer to anything except an Indian female.  I released all the fish I caught because I like to think I'll get a chance to catch them again on a future visit.



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                            May, 2007

Harold Hatridge '60











Joe Heenan '61

Joe Heenan, 2003

What were YOU doing Sunday, December 23, 1951   
 Question From Harold Hatridge:

I was wondering if anyone remembers the bombing of Joe Simpkins car dealership?  I can't remember the date, but I believe it was the early 50's.  My sister Patsy and I were walking home from the Victory Theatre and when we passed the building, Patsy and I saw someone waving at us, so, of course, we waved back.  He was in the act of climbing out the back windows and waving like crazy.  We had just cleared the building by about 2-3 feet when the building blew up.  We were thrown about 10-15 feet in the air and suffered bruises, temporary hearing loss.  Evidently the man wasn't waving to be friendly, but trying to warn us that the dynamite was ready to blow.

I remember people rushing out of a tavern on the corner of Easton and Wellston Ave. and trying to help us.  We were okay but scared to death.  The used car lot across the street lost about 10 to 15 cars and the building was severely damaged. Hopefully, someone will remember this incident. I would appreciate any help.

  Article appeared in the Maryville Daily Forum, Maryville, Missouri on 12/24/1951

St Louis Police Probe Dynamite Explosion: Police today were seeking an explanation for a dynamite explosion that caused an estimated $25,000 damage to an automobile agency and a heating supply company yesterday. Several sticks of dynamite were thrown onto the roof of the agency abut an hour after a company Christmas party ended.  The blast damaged the agency building and a suburban Wellston Firemen said it caused a fire at the nearby heating supply company.

Police reported another bundle of dynamite sticks was found behind the agency building. The agency is owned by Joseph Simpkins whose home in suburban University City was bombed Oct. 19. Simpkins told officers he had received telephone threats that more bombings would follow the blast at his home.


After 39 1/2 years working for the St. Louis County Road Dept as a surveyor, Joe Heenan ('61) decided it was time for him to retire. Now he'll be able to enjoy those 5 -10 mile daily runs every morning without the fear of being being late for work!  Good luck in your retirement, Joe!!


(Trustee) Larry Brown has mailed a balance sheet from Reunion 2006 with a questionnaire about the upcoming Reunion 2009 to all those attending plus Guarantors who did not attend.  Be sure to answer all his questions, then mail back your response.  This will ensure that everyone has a voice in how the next reunion is handled. Be sure to include your likes and dislikes  - what you'd like to see added - what you could do without.   

Larry has also announced that the trustees are in the process of drafting a charter creating bi-laws to establish a Welhisco Alumni Association. More information on this later as it becomes available. 


Take me back to 50's. This is really great and exactly the way it was, WAY back then. Enjoy a trip back to the past. be sure to turn up your speakers!!  CLICK HERE "Take Me Back To The Fifties" 



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Where in the World is Yvonne Edmonston? 
(Class of '67)

Check out the link taking you to the missing alumni list in your class. They may not even know they are missing!!  If there’s someone on the list whom you might know the whereabouts of (dead or alive) please email us the information or have them contact us. As you will see there’s only a few classes who have a lot missing. Most classes had someone who took the initiative to keep their class list current. This is not an easy task to undertake but does make it easier for the reunion committee.   Check all the classes. There might be someone’s brother, sister, aunt, uncle, parents or even neighbors on the list. The list spans 30 years. MISSING ALUMNI

Classmates Remembered

Kenny Klimas '64
Passed 3/29/07 Cancer

One family sent three of their Wellston sons off to the service, however, only one returns home.

Here's a story close to home that will remind you of "Saving Private Ryan", "The Sullivan Brothers", and many others. For the rest of the story: CLICK HERE
     I was so delighted reading the article of Corbitt Monica in the (March) Flashlight. Monica came to WHS in 1945, having transferred from Normandy High School. Every girl in school thought he was so-o-o cute and wanted to go out with him. He dated both Jeanette Jones and me for awhile until I'd asked him to the "Backward Dance". After that we seemed to hit it off. In '45 he sent me a beautiful satin sweetheart Valentine, which I still have after all these years. Besides a funny personality, Corbitt was also a drummer. This picture of Corbitt and I was taken in spring of 1945 in my yard on Wellston Ave. We lived across the street from the Wellston fire dept. (My Dad was the fire chief) and you can see the fire trucks in the background of the picture.
     Corbitt was Catholic and I was Methodist. He would take me to Mass with him. WELL, my Mother wasn't very thrilled with this  development at all. I guess we dated for about 3-4 months when Mom finally said enough. That was the end of the relationship!!!
     In 1982, Corbitt had already become famous. He was going to perform at The Fox Theatre and I wanted to see him. I convinced my husband (Forry Smith) to buy tickets for the show. I'd called the Fox asking to speak to Corbitt - and did! He remembered me and agreed to meet us at intermission.
    In the 2nd picture, taken 40 years later in the lobby of The FOX, he was still adorable and still had that great personality. We corresponded only once after that (he lived in N.J.) but I always loved seeing him on TV. He was really a unique guy!!                                                                 June Oswald, '47

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June & Corbett 1945

June & Corbett 1982

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NOTE FROM THE EDITORS: Be sure to send in an update when your email address changes after switching providers. We've been getting a lot of emails returned as 'user unknown'.



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Barb Hill, 1959




   Barb Hill, 2007

Special Sunday
in May!

Kids Color Picture
for Mom  Click here.

Interesting Info.
Click Image

 We welcome contributions each month, send in your story, or perhaps a story about a favorite teacher or classmate that made a difference in your life whom is no longer with us.  We will try to honor one selected short story of general interest each month:  This months feature story is:

Barbara Hill, class of '59, After graduation I worked as a secretary for Wagner Electric and 3M Co. before moving to Los Angeles in 1965. I worked there as a secretary also. My family and I went to horse shows, dog shows, and even a cat show! We visited museums and enjoyed the many parks. No flies and no mosquitoes! We enjoyed the beach and the wonderful weather while in California.

I returned to Missouri in 1967, continuing to work as a secretary before becoming a computer operator, a computer programmer, and in later years went back to secretarial work. I retired in March 2006 as executive assistant to the CEO of a retirement community.

I’m fortunate to reside in the same town as my son, Stephen; his wife and best daughter-in-law in the world, Judy; my two grandkids, Andrea (19) and Michael (17). Cape Girardeau is a good balance between small town Sikeston, where I lived for 12 years and big city St. Louis. I have a cat named Smoky who weighs 18 lbs. and is about 11 years old. In fact, he’s asleep on my bed right now! Oh yes, I volunteer for the Center for the Blind typing books on CDs and proofreading those typed by other volunteers. These CDs are then converted into Braille. I attend Cape First Assembly, a large church in Cape Girardeau. Life is good because of God!

I enjoy reading, writing, and swimming and attend a water aerobics class several days a week. I participate in two Bible study groups and always enjoy eating out with friends or family. I took care of my mother until she passed away recently at our home at the age of 92 wonderful years. I hope to travel some in the future. In the past I have been to Houston, Galveston, Long Island, New York, Honolulu, and, of course, L.A.      See Barb's memories of the '50's: Click here:
To view Barb's picture's click here:



From Left to right: Mary Ann Crecelius ('60), Kathy Erwin ('62), Wanda Cornman ('60) Sharon Short  ('62), Carol Beeman ('60), Cheryl Horne ('61), and Janet Scott ('60) celebrated Spring Break in Branson seeing some great shows, dining in some wonderful restaurants, and enjoying each others company. The girls have met for lunch each month since Reunion 2003.


8D grade school picture of '60

L/R Wilma Taylor, Carol Uebinger, Pat Wagoner, Donna Rueter, Wanda Cornman,   Betty Morris, Carol Beeman, & Mr. Blake Heida

Editors note: Ladies, remember the scratchy hoops & petticoats? 



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Sandy Gibbons(’57)
Bill Voos (’48)
JoAnn Williams (’60)

Circulation Editor & Web Master
Bob Haefner (’49)

Larry Brown (’63)
Wanda Cornman (’60)
JoAnn Williams (’60)

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     A cocky Department of Agriculture representative stopped at a farm and talked with an old farmer. He told the farmer, "I need to inspect your farm."
     The old farmer said "OK, but don't go in that field."
     The Agriculture representative said, "I have the authority of the U. S. Government with me. See this card? I am allowed to go wherever I wish on agricultural land."
     So the old farmer went about his farm chores. Later, he heard loud screams and saw the Department of Agriculture Rep running for the fence and close behind was the farmer's prize bull. The bull was madder than a nest full of hornets and the bull was gaining on the Rep at every step.
     The Old farmer called out, "Show him your card!!, Show him your card!!"


1. Kidnappers are not interested in you.
2. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
3. No one expects you to run--anywhere.
4. People call at 9 p.m. and ask, " Did I wake you ?"
5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
6. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
7. Things you buy now won't wear out.
8. You can eat dinner at 4 p.m.
9. You can live without sex but not your glasses.
10 You get into heated arguments about pension plans.
11. You no longer think of speed limits as challenges.
12. You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room.
13. You sing along with elevator music.

14. Your eyes won't get much worse.
15. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
16. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the National Weather Service.
17. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.
18. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.

                       Lots of changes & updating going on!!
Those without computers or email addresses can now access Flashlight Newsletters.     All they have to do is use one of their children’s (or grandchild’s) computers or go to their local library logging on to the WHS website. There’s no reason why everyone can’t to keep up with all school news now.


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!!
Need some Hints?   . .Make a list similar to this. Send it to your classmates for ideas.     Click here for sample story ideas ca 1940s..then make yours!