Robert Bike

Robert Bike

Licensed Massage Therapy #5473
Eugene, Oregon


Teaching Reiki Master

Life Coach


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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

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April 29, 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 1908

1908 Polaris cover

Mabelle Adams, teacher.

Ralph Angle,

Irene Baltzer, Orangeville.

Charles Barnes,

John Baumgarten,

Mildred Barshinger,

Leta Maude Best, Illinois Wesleyan Class of 1912, Freeport.

Robert Bickenbach,

Leila Bowers, teacher, Freeport.

Justin Boyington,

Josie Brau, teacher, Freeport.

John H. Brown, pattern maker, Stover Mfg., Freeport.

Nellie Bucher,

Frederick M. Byerly, druggist, Algona, Iowa.

Ted Byerly,

Ethel Millicent Cain, Freeport.

Ruby Lucile Carl, Western College of Oxford Ohio, Freeport.

Salena Casey,

Margaret Davenport, assistant librarian, Freeport.

Daisy Anna Dinges, stenographer.

Alpheus C. Dresser, U of I Class of 1912

Maud Eaton, stenographer, Freeport.

Oscar Frederick Ennenga, Princeton Academy Class of 1910, Freeport.

Albert Evans,

Donald Fair,

Guy Faubel,

Kathryn Fenton,

Grace Belva Fike, Milledgeville, Illinois.

Raymond Fitch,

Marguerite Freesmann, Freeport.

William Fowler,

Bula Fox, teacher Freeport RFD

Orlando Gochnaur, Killed In Action November 6, 1917, during WWI on the French Front

Kate Goodrich,

Kate Gleason,

Arthur Grant,

Gertrude E. Gratello, bookkeeper, Freeport.

George Taylor Green, Stover Mfg. Co., Freeport.

Edna Hall,

Ross Hall,

Guy Harnish,

Helen Harpster,

Vilas Heckman,

Charles Hickey,

Hazel Hill,

Harry Holmes,

Lloyd Holmes,

Vera Lois Holmes, stenographer, Freeport.

Grace Eleanor Hughes, Lake Forest College Class of 1912, Freeport.

William Adelbert Hutchins, U of I, Freeport.

Emilie Caroline Jungkunz, Freeport.

Ilma D. Jungkunz, U of W Class of 2012, Freeport.

Anne Leonore Kerchner, stenographer, Freeport.

Jean Knowlton, Freeport.

Meta M. Kuhlemeyer, stenographer, Freeport.

Fritz Kunz, U of W Class of 1912, Freeport.

LeRoy Kunz,

Boyd B. Laible, South Dakota.

Helen Littwinski,

Elva Mae Luebbing, stenographer, Rawleigh Medical Co., Freeport.

Alma L. Lukerman, stenographer, Freeport.

Florence Ethel Maurer, Freeport.

Gladys R. McAfee, Freeport.

Harry McCann,

Blanche McCormick,

Laura E. Mensenkamp, teacher, Freeport.

Floyd Miller,

Harry W. Moore, foreman of machine shop, Freeport.

Mercedes Moritz,

Harriet K. Murphy, stenographer, Freeport.

Lloyd Nichol,

Jean Nolton,

Agnes E. O'Connor, bookkeeper, Freeport.

Oscar Ohlendorf,

Manley Phelps,

Verna Nina Raymer, teacher, Freeport.

Edna Rayner,

Ray Redding,

Dwight Riner, Huenkemeier & Fry, Freeport.

Nellie M. Riordan, Freeport.

Helen M. Rockey, Freeport.

Irma E. Rowland, Freeport.

Elta Schaub, Freeport.

Rose Schmich,

Otto Schubert,

Eunice Mason Smith, Mt. Holyoke College Class of 1912, Freeport.

Pearl Smith,

Hazel Starkweather,

Sina S. Steenrod, Mt. Holyoke College Class of 1912, Freeport.

Ruth Fern Stocks, teacher, Mt. Holyoke College Class of 1912, Freeport.

Mary A. Tappe, bookkeeper, Freeport.

Helen May Tenney, teacher, Freeport.

Cornelia Thomas, Mt. Holyoke College Class of 1912, McAlester, Oklahoma.

Howard Frederick Thoren, Chicago.

Milens Ulrich,

Clara Wallick,

John Martin Walz Jr., U of W, Freeport.

Nellie M. Watson, nurse, Chicago.

Dee Wheeler,

Gertrude Windecker,

Pearl Wohlford, Freeport.

Charles Wunderlich,

Clarence Paul Young, First National Bank of Freeport.

World War I Veteran from the Class of 1908

Lieutenant Frederick Byerly, Aviation Instructor, Chanute Field, Rantoul, Illinois.

Margaret "Maggie" Davenport graduated from Freeport High School in 1908 and earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin. She was a school librarian for many years. Around 1930, she and Susan Rosenstiel (Class of 1900) bought a horticultural nursery they called Port Rose Garden. Rosenstiel later bought out Davenport's share. Davenport's obituary appeared in The Freeport Journal-Standard Nov. 15, 1977. Source: The Freeport Journal Standard August 20, 2005

Leta Best was Vice President of her Sophomore Class at Illinois Wesleyan.

Freeport High School in 1908.

1908 Stephenson Street

Looking west on Stephenson Street in 1908. The building with the cupola just to the right of center is the old Garrity Drug Store. The fine brick building across the street behind it is the Brewster Hotel, where Abraham Lincoln stayed in 1858 during the Lincoln-Douglas debate.

court house
The Stephenson County Court House in 1908.

Highland Amusement Park
Highland Amusement Park in 1908.

Crain's Grove, southeast of Freeport, in 1908.

The Carnegie Library, Freeport, Illinois, in 1908.

The entrance to Oakland Cemetery in 1908.

St. Francis Hospital in 1908.

card postmarked 1908 showing East Main Street
Galena Street, now Main Street, in 1908.

card postmarked 1908 showing Third Ward Park and some early Freeport citizens
Third Ward Park in 1908, showing some early Freeporters.

1908 bill of sale
Bill of sale from Thompson & Huenkemeier, lumber, coal and wood.

St. John's Church

This is St. John's Church in 1908. At the time of the photo, it was St. John's Evangelical Church. When I was baptized in this church, it was St. John's Evangelical and Reformed Church. This building burned in 1957 and a new building was built on S. Park Boulevard at the west edge of Freeport. It is now called St. John's United Church of Christ.

My father was an usher and later an elder in St. John's. Just before services began, he would ring the bells, and a few times I got to help him. There were rough, thick ropes that hung from the bells, and I would help Dad pull the ropes down. The weight of the heavy bells would swing me up in the air as the bells swung back and forth. The bells were in the opening seen by the postmark. They were saved after the fire and are in the new bell tower, but are now rung electronically from inside the church.

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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