Robert Bike


Licensed Massage Therapy #5473
Eugene, Oregon


Teaching Reiki Master

Life Coach


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Private classes.
Biblical Aromatherapy
Therapeutic Essential
Oil Massages
President of the Oregon Massage Therapists Association
& 2012-2013

I graduated from Freeport (Illinois) High School.
I'm a Pretzel!

FHS Reunions

Copyright 2002 - present

Latest Copyright
March 17, 2015


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Remarkable Stories,
Volume 1

by Robert Bike

Remarkable events have happened in Freeport and Stephenson County, Illinois, and remarkable people have lived there. These are stories gathered about people and events from 1835 through World War II.

By no means complete, these are overviews of lives and events which shaped our country and our world. From events in the lives of Tutty Baker, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Guiteau, Leonard Colby, Jane Addams and Bob Wienand come stories that will amaze you. Welcome to Volume 1 of our living history.

The author lives in Eugene, Oregon, and works as a Licensed Massage Therapist and Life Coach. An amateur historian, parts of these stories and many more appear on this website.

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Biblical Aromatherapy

by Robert Bike

The Bible mentions about 232 plants by name, or closely enough to figure out what plant is meant. Of these, 24 are aromatic plants; that is, parts of the plants can be pressed or distilled to get an essential oil. Essential oils are the lifeblood of plants and have tremendous healing capabilities.

The healing power of plants is the basis for modern medicines.

Biblical Aromatherapy
discusses how the plants were used in biblical days and how you can use the essential oils from biblical plants.

Originally published in manuscript form in 1999, I completely revised the book and added illustrations.

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Olga Carlile, columnist for the Freeport (Illinois) Journal Standard, featured this website in her column on January 19, 2007.
Here is a jpg scan.

Harriet Gustason, another columnist for the Freeport Journal Standard, has featured this website twice. Click to see pdf of articles:
June 29, 2012
November 3, 2012


"My Life Purpose is to inspire my friends
and clients to achieve
success, health,
wealth and happiness
by empowering them
to reach their potential,
while living in harmony
with each other, animals
and our planet."
Robert Bike

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The Polaris is the high school annual from Freeport High School, Freeport, Illinois.

All text and photos Copyright 2002 - present Robert L. Bike, except for photos listed and uncopyrighted material in the public domain.

The Class of 1863

Lizzie A. Bentley, Carrie H. Brewster,

Lizzie C. Fry,

Sophia Webster,

Susie O. Weeks.

Lizzie A. Bentley became a music teacher in Freeport.

Carrie H. Brewster married a Mr. Stoskopf, and lived in Freeport and later Chicago.

Lizzie C. Fry married a Mr. Burchard and moved to Vermillion, South Dakota, and later to Arcata, California.

Sophia Webster moved to Denver, Colorado.

The male teachers and the male students all volunteered for service in the Civil War. This was FHS's first official graduating class under the new graded school system.

School was a square brick building with a white cupola with an old bell, the grounds enclosed by a wooden fence. There were a couple of trees and a well. Two doors opened on the front of the building. The boys entered on the right, and the girls on the left. Downstairs were two rooms used by the younger boys and girls. The "coat room" consisted of hooks on the walls of the landing.

The High School was a large, square room, lighted from the sides. The teacher's desk faced the entrances, with blackboards on either side and the wall opposite. The desks seated about 150 students, and were arranged in a semi-circle around the room with only one aisle through the center. Boys sat on one side, girls on the other.

There was a second room for "recitations." There were two teachers. The second room had a table and a chair, a little stove and benches for the students with blackboards on the walls, and just a single window that looked out on a little white cottage. In the center of this room two ropes swung: one for the bell, and the other was attached to a ventilator, a trap door into the attic. A ladder also led to the attic, and boys would sometimes go up there to study.

The school was heated by two immense cylindrical stoves which burned soft coal. When the lids were lifted to add more fuel, black smoke would fly out, choking the students.

While many other students passed through FHS, this was the first official graduation class: all women because the boys had volunteered to go fight in the Civil War. Mr. Montague, the principal left as colonel of a regiment.

Susie Weeks was the first member of the class to die, and she is buried under the Elms in the old church yard near Boston.

Rosa or Rose Webster attended but didn't graduate until 1864.

St. John Church
St. John Church
See photos in 1898 for other versions of this church.

Freeport Brewery
Helena Hertrich.
Adams St.
Freeport, Ill.

D. S. Brewster
Eggs &c.
Freeport, Ill
Union 1863

D. S. Bogar
Farmers Store
Dry Goods &
Freeport Ills.

Polaris Home

Freeport High School

Click on any year in the chart below to see the class and other info,
such as postcards, people and events from that year.

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