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 28, 2013


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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

Robert Bike, LMT, LLC

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 direct quotes from the Polaris, uncopyrighted material in the public domain.

The Class of 1873

Addison Bidwell, Cashier, First National Bank, Freeport.

Lillian Burrell married D. C. Miller, Meckling & Vermillian, South Dakota.

Kate DeForest, journalist, Paris, France. Correspondent for Harper's Bazaar.

Clara S. Hawes, teacher, Freeport, and later librarian, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Anna Murphy, teacher, Chicago.

Elida Pattison married H. D. Bentley, Freeport.

Lizzie Prentice married F. A. Read Jr., Freeport.

William H. Taggart, dentist, Chicago.

Graduation was held at Wilcoxon's Opera House on the evening of June 25. There was a frightful thunderstorm that evening. C. C. Snyder was principal and chemistry instructor. Dr. O. E. Stearns presented the diplomas. Clara Hawes was salutatorian. William Taggart was valedictorian.

The Stephenson County Court House and Soldiers' Monument in 1873

Finished in November of 1872, dedicated on February 22, 1873, Stephenson County's second courthouse was built without issuing bonds for a cost of $130,413.56. An iron fence surrounding it was removed in 1900. It was heated with stoves and lit with gas lights. While the outer portion was Joliet marble, the lower structure of the building was built with arches and metal, and the upper portion was wood.

The clock in the dome was built by Seth Thomas. The 1850-pound bell struck the hours. The clock wore out in 1913, and it was rebuilt. In 1915, one of the 500-pound weights that kept the 8.5-foot pendulum moving came loose and fell through two floors. By 1923, it no longer could keep the correct time. In 1927 the clock was dismantled and stored, and the dome was removed.

The second court house was torn down in 1974, and replaced with the "modern" courthouse on the same site. Many wish that the magnificent old building had been updated.

from a card postmarked 1873

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Freeport High School

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such as postcards, people and events from that year.

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