Robert Bike

Robert Bike

Licensed Massage Therapy #5473
Eugene, Oregon

Teaching Reiki Master



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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

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

The Class of 1904

The November 1904 Polaris

Scans courtesy of Bob Jones, from his mother's collection. Hilda Marie Schilling, after graduating from FHS in 1906, attended the Art Institute of Chicago. She married Wyatt J. Jones, and they had four children. Bob Jones, their youngest child, scanned his mother's Polarises. In 1903-04, The Polaris was also the name of the monthly newspaper, picured above. This is the earliest Polaris.

The Class of 1904

Helen Adamson, married Mr. Birr, St. Louis, Missouri.

Josephine Baadte, Freeport.

Margaret Baldwin, teacher, Freeport.

Alfred or Fred Becker, St. Louis, Missouri.

Edna Becker.

Edith Bengston, Freeport.

Sara or Sarah Bengston, Chicago Training School for Nurses, Chicago.

Florence Best, married Mr. Breyman, Kent, Illinois.

Harry Bickenbach, State Bank of Freeport.

Stella Blackman.

Hattie Branen, married Mr. Munson, Freeport.

Lena Brockmeier, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Fred Brockmeier, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Viro Chapman, bookkeeper, Freeport.

Bessie Cochran, married Mr. Stephan, Freeport.

George Daniels, teacher, State Normal, Minnesota.

Susie Diefenthaler, teacher, Freeport.

Florence Donohue, stenographer, Freeport.

Stella Eells, Freeport.

Paul Fair, taxidermist, Raton, New Mexico.

Margaret Fox, married Mr. Becker, St. Louis, Missouri.

Eva Ernst, married Mr. Garner.

Florence Grattelo, Freeport.

Nellie Hanley, secretary, J. R. Cowley, Washington, D.C.

Dora Hermsmeier, married Mr. Hutchinson, Wheeler, Indiana.

Emma Hermsmeier,

Mabel Hill, State Bank of Freeport

Margaret Hill, married Mr. Stark.

Lee Knecht, married Mr. Haynes, Danville, Illinois.

Meta Kochsmeier, Freeport.

Graice Laible.

Eleanor Lamb, Ridott.

Ruth Lapp, teacher, Bellingham, Washington

Elta Parks, Freeport.

Gertrude Popke.

Florence Prince, Freeport.

Alice Priscilla Riner, married Mr. Fair, Raton, New Mexico.

Pearl Ryan.

Irene Shaw, married Mr. Williams, Freeport.

Florence Snow, married Mr. Snyder, Colorado.

Iva Swingley, music teacher, Freeport.

Helen Taggart, teacher, Alabama.

Myrtle Ulrich, stenographer, Freeport.

Florence Voight,

Grace Wareham, stenographer, H. A. Hillmer Co., Freeport.

Vivian Weinhold, married Mr. Gleason, Freeport.

Florence Whiteside, married Mr. Best, Freeport.

George Witte, Freeport.

Freeport's Winning Football Team of 1904.

Back row: Gleason, Holmes, Wagner, Vautsmeier, Angle, McCool, Chapman, Nolting.
Middle row: Goddard, Wheeler, Patton, Erwin, Schmelze, M. Rigney, S. Rigney.
Front row: Voss, Clarmont.

Freeport won the game 6-5. Apparently touchdowns were worth 5 points then. Freeport made their extra point. The game was called 5 minutes early because Mt. Morris had to catch a train home.

The Christmas issue of the Polaris, 1904.

There are more scans from Bob Jones on the 1906 page. My scans of the June 1905 issue are on the 1905 page.

Card postmarked 1904 showing the dam and bridge at W. W. Krape's Globe Park, later named Krape Park.

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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