Robert Bike

Robert Bike

Licensed Massage Therapy #5473
Eugene, Oregon


Teaching Reiki Master

Life Coach


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

I graduated from Freeport (Illinois) High School.
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Copyright 2002 - present

Latest Copyright
January 23, 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 direct quotes from the Polaris, uncopyrighted material in the public domain.

The Class of 1907

1907 Polaris cover

Edward D. Allen, F. G. L. & C. Co., Freeport.

Earl P. Andres, telegrapher, Savanna, Illinois.

Anna Evely Ball, teacher, Kent, Illinois.

Geneva Baltzer,

Mildred Barshinger,

Ralph Behan,

Helen Lois Bowers, Freeport.

Anna Lois Brown, Beloit College Class of 1912, Freeport.

Helen Salome Burkhard, DeKalb State Normal.

Jessie L. Casford, Burrell Bros. Grocery Store, Freeport.

Floyd Chase,

Everett Clayton,

Ruth Collins, Art Institute of Chicago.

Laura M. Cowley, Lake Forest College Class of 1911, Freeport.

Charles Crawford,

Ethel Crownover,

Bernice Dailey or Daly,

Jay F. Davenport, Beloit College Class of 1911, Freeport.

Charles O. Dawson,

Hubert Dustman,

William H. Ellis, U of W Class of 1911, Freeport.

Claire Delphine Evers, stenographer, Freeport.

Sarah Catherine Ewing, U of M Class of 1913.

William T. Ewing, Beloit College Class of 1912, Freeport.

Alma F. Faerber, bookkeeper, Demeter & Seitz, Freeport.

Joseph Faubel,

Mabel Fay,

Kathryn Amanda Fenton, married Mr. Miller, Freeport.

Sibyl Fisher,

Otellia Fitzpatrick,

Lottie Freidag,

Vera Ethelyn Frey, teacher, Hoodstock, Mason County, Washington.

Mamie Alice Gale, teacher, Mason County, Washington.

John J. Grant, New York Medical College Class of 1911, Freeport.

Jeanette Grattelo, bookkeeper, Freeport.

Harold H. Herbert, U of I Class of 1911, Freeport

Frances Hill,

Herbert Hime,

Leonard C. Hime, mail carrier, Freeport.

Louetta Margaret Hinderks, Freeport.

Grace Holmes, stenographer, Rawleigh Medical Co., Freeport.

Bernice Alberta Hoover,

Harry R. Hoy, U of I, Freeport.

Vera Hoyman,

Meta Janssen,

Quincy J. Jones, U of W, Freeport.

Wave Jones,

Mildred Alice Kaufman, bookkeeper, Freeport.

Lucille Kelly,

Alma C. Kruse, teacher, Freeport.

Alta E. Kruse, State Normal, Freeport.

Bertha Laible,

Mary LaShelle,

Helen Leitzell, State Normal, Freeport.

Frederick L. Luebetrau, Woodmanse Mfg. Co., Freeport.

Ross Madden,

Genevieve Agnes Moore, teacher, Stockton.

Georgia Musser,

Glen Oblander,

Clarinda Belle Parks, bookkeeper, Freeport.

Clem Ray Parriott, farmer, Orangeville.

Howard G. Patton, Irrigation Project, Bula, Montana.

Vera Marie Peight, married Mr. Fortner, Freeport.

Graydon Powell,

Mildred Rosenstiel, U of C Class of 1912, Freeport.

Clara Medora Ryan, stenographer, Rawleigh Medical Col., Freeport.

Ruth Irene Saucerman, Northwestern University, Rock Grove, Illinois.

Albert J. Schmelzle, clerk, Wachlin & Pfeiffer, Freeport.

Clemma Schmich,

Matt F. Schmich, School of Mines.

Esther Sheetz,

Ethel Elizabeth Skeel, Freeport.

Dwight L. Smith, U of I Class of 1912, Freeport.

Charles M. Sullivan, U of I Class of 1912, Freeport.

Bernice Alberta Toombs, stenographer, Knowlton's Bank, Freeport.

Isabel Emily Trotter, State Normal, Freeport.

Mielens Ulrich,

Marjorie M. Verbeck, Northwestern University Class of 1911, Freeport.

Aline Clara Wagner, married Mr. Grow, Freeport.

Carrie Ellen Wagner, teacher, Freeport.

Bessie Wall,

Clarence Young,

Herman Young,

Alma Rosetta Youngblut, stenographer, Freeport.

World War I Veteran from the Class of 1907

Harry A. Hoy, Engineers, France

Mildred Rosenstiel was the youngest of three sisters; her sisters Mary and Susan have their stories briefly told in the years they graduated.

Mildred graduated from FHS in 1907 and Baylor University. She did her graduate studies in Social Work at the University of Chicago.

After WWI, she worked with the Red Cross in Poland as a child welfare worker.

Later, while she was working as the director of the Women's Occupational Bureau in Minneapolis, she was diagnosed with a lung tumor. The Mayo Clinic experimented on her with radiation. The massive dose shrunk the tumor, but burned major holes in her chest and back. She became an invalid. Her family cared for her until her death 12 years later.

The boys' basketball's team record was 12 wins against four losses. The girls' record was two wins and one loss.

The monthly newspaper, then also called the Polaris, became a weekly paper. The annual Polaris grew to 80 pages.

C.H. Little china shop
C. H. Little & Co., Dinner Set Department from a card postmarked 1907.

Library in 1907
This card, also postmarked 1907, shows the Freeport Public Library.

2nd Presbyterian Church
Another 1907 card showing Freeport's Second Presbyterian Church.

A colorized view inside the Third Ward Park.

Third Ward Park
A second card showing the Third Ward Park and some houses beyond.

card postmarked 1907 showing City Hall
Freeport City Hall in 1907.

card postmarked 1907 showing Freeport High School
Freeport High School in 1907.

card postmarked 1907 showing First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church in 1907.

card postmarked 1907 showing St. Mary's Church
St. Mary's Church in 1907.

card postmarked 1907 showing the YMCA
The YMCA in 1907, at the southeast corner of W. Stephenson Street and S. Walnut Avenue.

1907 Fraternal Lodge
Anybody know which Fraternal Lodge this is?
According to John Kornfeind of Glendale, Arizona,
this appears to be William W. Krape's
Order of the Globe or Knights of the Globe.


Polaris Home

Freeport High School

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such as postcards, people and events from that year.

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