Robert Bike

Robert Bike

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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
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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


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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 1910

The 1910 Polaris

The 1910 Polaris

Ruth Lynn Austin, Flora M. Alberts,

Ruth Barber, Ida Thorborg Berg, Mary Magdalen Blust, Isabelle Estelle Brubaker, Edna Lovina Bruse, Wright Burrell, Muriel Burton,

Stella Marie Caldwell, Jean Collins, Lawrence Ray Cooper, William Cox,

Helen Theodora DeJongh, Faith Leone Deuth, Phyllis Rosalind DeVoe, Gertrude Elizabeth Dittman,

Karl Ennenga,

Ruth Eleanor Fair, Carolyn Knecht Freidag, Dick Fry,

George Frank Gartman, Dolly Geiger, Reigh Isabelle Gibler, Lenore Alita Goodwin, Matthew Douglas Grant, John Leander Gray, Madge Eliza Gray,

Florence Ruth Hagemann, Etta Hall, Elbert Raymond Herlocker, Esther Sophia Hermsmeier, Marjorie Laird Hineline, LeRoy Hoefer, Ruby Anna Hoefer, Florence Jennie Hunt,

Florence May Jackson,

Emma Margaret Knornschild, Elsie Orlinda Kostenbader,

Hazel Marie Liebhard, Roy Liephart, Jesse Grant Littlefield, Oakley Lloyd,

Florence M. Markel, Roscoe McCann, Paul Samuel McGrath, Kate Phraner McKean, Lusetta Charlot Mease, Louis Edward Mensenkamp, Helen Marie Miller, Alfred Molter, Florence Laura Munn,

Jennie Clara Niles,

Maree Patterson,

Grace Richards, Louis Frederic Rienhold,

Inez Schaub, Carl Schoeffel, Ruth Evangeline Schoeffel, Helen Elizabeth Schofield, A. Vernon Sheetz, Helen Dorothy Smith, Mabel Myrtle Snyder, Alfred Felix Stanley, Maude M. Stewart, Helen Catherine Stine, John Howard Swanzey,

Florence Thiel, Lillian Turnbull,

Vera Verbeck,

Margaret Wagner, John Wheat, Winifred Wheeler, Charles Wilcox, Burrel Wright,

Franklin Yordy, Walter X. Young.

The 1909-1910 Basketball Team

The 1909-1910 Basketball Team

The 1910 Tennis Team

The 1910 Tennis Team

World War I Veterans from the Class of 1910
(according to the 1919 Polaris)

Lieutenant Dick Fry, Navy, "Wilmington."

John Gray, Medical Supply Depot, Camp Grant, Rockford, Illinois.

Roy Liephart, U.S. Marine.

Alfred Stanley, Appointed Officers' Training Camp Engineers, Camp Taylor.

Corporal John D. Wheat, 151 M.G. Company, Camp Shelly, Mississippi.

Second Lieutenant Burrel Wright, Aviation Officers' Training Camp, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Second Lieutenant Walter Young, Captain Aviation, France.

What became of the Class of 1910
(from the 1915 Polaris)

Ruth Austin is a music teacher in Algona, Iowa. Flora Alberts married Mr. Schroeder and lives in Freeport.

Ruth Barber is a music teacher in Freeport. Ida Berg is a teacher in Tacoma, Washington. Magdalena Blust married Mr. Maurer and lives in Freeport. Isabelle Brubaker lives at home in Freeport. Edna Bruse is a teacher in West Chicago. Wright Burrell is a law student at the University of Michigan. Muriel Burton lives in Chicago.

Stella Caldwell married Mr. Vance and lives in Los Angeles. Jean Collins is a domestic science teacher in Mankato, Minnesota. Lawrence Cooper is a pharmacist in Denver, Colorado.

Helen DeJohng is the Assistant Principal of Freeport Schools. Phyllis DeVoe is a student at DeKalb Normal. Gertrude Dittman does office work in Freeport.

Ruth Fair works at St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago. Carolyn Freidag is a stenographer in Freeport. Dick Fry is in the U. S. Navy at Annapolis, Maryland.

George Gartman is at home in Freeport. Dolly Geiger is an office worker at Rawleigh's in Freeport. Reigh Gibler is at home in Freeport. Douglas Grant is studying law at Pattison's Law Office in Freeport. Madge Gray is a stenographer in Freeport. Lenore Goodwin married Mr. Swisher and lives in Hebron, Ohio.

Florence Hagemann is a teacher in Freeport. Elbert Herlocker works for Moline Plow Company in Freeport. Esther Hermsmeier is at home in Freeport. Marjorie Hineline married Mr. Mayer and lives in Evanston, Illinois. LeRoy Hoefer works for Sheet Metal Company in Memphis, Tennessee. Ruby Hoefer is a teacher in Lewiston, Idaho. Florence Hunt is a student at the University of Illinois.

Florence Jackson married Mr. Richardson and lives in Freeport.

Emma Knornschild married Mr. Phelps and lives in Chicago. Elsie Kostenbader married Mr. Wheeler and lives in Freeport.

Hazel Liebhard is a teacher in Freeport. Jesse Littlefield is a traveling salesman based in Freeport.

Florence Markel marred Mr. Prop and lives in Freeport. Paul McGrath works at McNess in Freeport. Kate McKean is working in the Leper Mission in Siam. Louis Mensenkamp is a student at the University of Illinois. Lusette Mease married Mr. Watson and lives in Rock Rapids, Iowa. Helen Miller works at Miller Incubator Company in Rockford. Florence Munn is a librarian in Freeport.

Jennie Niles is a teacher in Freeport.

Louis Rienhold is an attorney in Freeport.

Inez Schaub lives at home in Freeport. Ruth Schoeffel is a student in Oberlin, Ohio. Helen Schofield married Mr. Nath and lives in Freeport, Vernon Sheetz is a student at the university of Illinois. Helen Smith is a bookkeeper in Freeport. Mabel Snyder is a teacher in Freeport. Alfred Stanley lives in Tennessee. Maude Stewart married Mr. Palmer and lives in Freeport. Helen Stine is a designer at the Garment Factory in Freeport. John Swanzey is a farmer at Ridott.

Florence Thiel married Mr. Deery and lives in Freeport. Lillian Turnbull is a designer in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Vera Verbeck is a teacher in Laurel, Iowa.

Margaret Wagner marred Mr. Kegel and lives in Freeport. John Wheat is a clerk at Waltons in Freeport. Winifred Wheeler lives in Rockford. Charles Wilcox works for Union Building and Loan in Freeport.

Franklin Yordy is a physical director at Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. Walter Young works for Western Electrical Company in Chicago.

Instructors in 1910

Herbert Arnston, Alice Bidwell, Esther Dana, Minnie Davis, Luther Fulwider, Mabel Goddard, Vida Graham, Martha Killen, George Neilson, John Riner, Katherina Rubel, Allie Reitzell, Frances Rosebrugh, Virginia Richeson, John Seefelder, George Taylor


The Horseshoe Cafe and Riverside Lunch Room, W. W. Harpster Ice Cream, Hotel Brewster, Moore's Non-Leakable Fountain Pen, Billig's Stephenson Street Restaurant, Joseph Emmert Stationery and Photo Supplies, William Jungkunz Drugs, Zimmerman & Reiter Shoes, C. P. Guenther Druggist, B & H Clothing House, Globe Wernicke Elastic Bookcases, William Walton and Nephews Rugs.

The Polaris
Vol. VI, No. 2, Freeport, Ill., October 15, 1909

October 15, 1909 Polaris

In the 1909-1910 school year, the student newspaper was called The Polaris, and was published semi-monthly. The editor was Louis Reinhold, Senior reporters (Class of 1910) were Phyllis De Voe and Louis Mensenkamp. Junior reporters (Class of 1911) were Martha Courtney and Ralph Ritzman. The sophomore reporters (Class of 1912) were Hillary Cox and Paul Barmore. Covering Freshman A was Henry Biersach; Freshman B were Esther Matter and Malcolm Byerly (Class of 1913). Ruby Hoefer covered Alumni; Charles Wilcox reported on Exchange; and Francis Ryan and Florence Hunt reported on athletics. Staff artists were Muriel Burton, Florence Hunt and Lillian Turnbull. Wright Burrel served as Business Manager. The cost of an annual subscription was 50 cents, while a single issue would set you back 10 cents.

The first FHS orchestra had its first organizational meeting on Wednesday, October 6, 1909. Merle Smith was elected Manager and Elon Waite Treasurer. The orchestra practices every Friday afternoon. Prof. Arnston directs the orchestra.

Advertisers included Ralph Rosenstiel nsurance & real estate; Huss & Kinley garments; Hotel Brewster (S. L. Friedly, Prop.); Solt's ice cream; Majestic Theatre; C. P. Guenther drugs; Summer's Hat Shop; First National Bank; Dr. B. A. Arnold physician & surgeon; B. F. Brubaker cement; Wilkins photography; H. A. Huenkemeier groceries; Dr. J. Sheldon Clark eye, ear, nose & throat; Otto Wagner stationery; C. G. Schoeffel's dainties; B. P. Hill Grain gas & coke; Sanford & Zartman Lumber, Guyer & Calkins canned goods; German Bank, C. F. Hildreth insurance; and Second National Bank.

The Freshmen Boys beat the Sophomore Boys twice in basketball. The score of the second game was 16-5. The Freshmen players were E. Yordy, Junkunz, Fulwider, Ennenga and Zipf. The Sophomores were Rice, E. Dailey, Berg, Waldecker and Betts. Brandt was referee.

Manager Grant has scheduled opponents for the Boys' Basketball team. Opponents include Mt. Carroll, Belvidere, Rockford, Wheaton and Dixon.

On September 13, 1909, the 85 members of the Girls' Athletic Association elected Florence Hunt as President, Muriel Rice as VP, Phyllis De Voe as Secretary and Ida Berg as Treasurer.

The Girls' Hiking Club elected Marjorie Best as President and Beulah Holmes as secretary. Thirty-five girls hiked to a thornapple grove about a mile and a half north of Freeport. Snakes provided excitement, and they reported that the thornapples were delicious.

The Girls' Tennis Club elected Madge Gray as President and Stella Caldwell as Secretary/Treasurer.

The Girls' Basketball Club met October 7, 1909, and elected Muriel Rice as President and Martha Dittman Secretary/Treasurer.

FHS has announced that it will install lockers, which will be made in the Manual Training Department. "The individual locker system prevents petty thieving and also does away with the rudeness of manners and the carelessness of the property of others which is cultivated in the crowded cloak rooms."

Embury Church
Embury Methodist Church in 1910.

1910 view of Stephenson Street
Looking east on Stephenson Street in 1910.

1910 view of Stephenson Street
Further east on Stephenson Street in 1910.

looking north on South Galena Avenue
From a card postmarked in 1910, looking north on South Galena Avenue.
The sign on the left appears to say "Lerners."
This is the corner of Galena & Main looking up toward Stephenson.

Globe Park
Globe Park, now Krape Park, showing the old water tower, as it appeared in 1910.

White's Sanitarium in 1910
White's Sanitarium in 1910.

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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