Robert Bike

Robert Bike

Licensed Massage Therapy #5473
Eugene, Oregon


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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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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
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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, and other uncopyrighted material in the public domain.

The Class of 1911

1911 Polaris cover

Kathryn Allen,

Doris Elizabeth Best, Mildred Jane Best, Margaret Bickenbach, Mildred Lucile Briggs, Edward Erp Brockhausen,

Gladys Jane Calkins, Mabelle Mae Chapple, Chloe Kellum Clement, Doris Collins, Martha Alice Courtney, Carrol Albert Crawford,

Joseph Raphael Dailey, Hazel Beatrice DeJongh, Urvin Rollo DeVoe, Carl Bush Dippell, Ralph Ellsworth Dippell, Martha Anna Dittman, Francis May Dittmar, Kathryn Elinor Doyle, Marie Cecelia Doyle,

James Goddard Ewing,

Ralph Abraham Fischer,

George Gartman, Wilbur Aigley Goddard, Helen Elizabeth Graham, Ralph Emery Grossman, Ray William Grumbine,

Bernice Jacqueline Hart, Clarence Vernon Heck, Helen Harriet Hill, Clara Louise Hinderks, Harry Dale Hineline, Harry Holland Hoyman, Agnes Cecelia Hughes,

Jacob Ills,

Laura Kellogg, Doris Eleanor Kruse,

Edward Sylvester Lawless, Earl Lawver, Charles Ernest Lee, Lillian Ottilie Levien, Oakley Lloyd, Ethel Mae Lord,

Florence Gertrude Matter, Gertrude Frances MacCaull, Clarence John Mease, William Alfred Molter,

Kathleen Patricia O'Connor, Kent Jones Owens, Florence Oyler,

Joan Cathrine Peck, Leslie Francis Phillips, Helen Anna Prall,

Anna Lucile Riner, Ralph Roscoe Ritzman, Francis John Ryan, Florence Levon Rye,

Marguerite Gertrude Salsbury, Freda Marie Schaefer, Anna Marie Schmidt, Elsie Marie Schulz, Isabelle Diana Siems, Earl Boyd Stout, Mary Frances Sullivan,

Fred Rush Thompson, Harold Azelle Tubbs, Luther Loyal Turner,

Ruth Amelia Ward, Sara Taylor Warner, Esther Marie Wilkie, Sara Wright,

Walter Young.

World War I Veterans from the Class of 1911

Charles E. Beck served at the Naval officers' Training Camp.

Edward Brockhausen served with the 306 Ammunition Train, 81st Division "Wildcats" in France. He had been Editor of the bi-monthly Polaris student newspaper. He was seriously injured in the war, and was hospitalized for the rest of his life.

Carroll Crawford was an Assistant Instructor of Theory in the Radio Department at Harvard University.

Joseph Dailey served 18 months with the Ordinance Department.

Corporal Carl Dippell served with the Signal Corps.

James Ewing was discharged for physical reasons.

Ralph Fischer served with The Forrester's Reserve in France.

Ralph E. Grossman served with the S.A.T.C.

Wilber A. Goddard trained at Camp Funston, Florida.

Harry Hoyman

Harry Hoyman, Senior Class President, served with Company H, 8th Regular Infantry, in Siberia. There are two stories about his service: http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/lookingbacksib.htm, and http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/hoyman.htm.



Lieutenant Earl Lawver served in the Infantry.

Clarence Mease was in the N.D. Infantry.

Ensign Kent J. Owens was the Assistant Paymaster aboard the U.S.N. Cruiser "San Diego."

Sergeant Francis Ryan was in the Signal Corps.

Lieutenant Ralph Ritzman served at the University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Lieutenant Luther L. Turner served with the Medical Corps, overseas.

Fred Thompson served with the Student Medical Reserve Corps in Chicago.

What happened to the Class of 1911
(from the 1915 Polaris & other sources)

Kathryn Allen works at St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago.

Doris Best works at the State Bank in Freeport. Mildred Best is a teacher in Freeport. Margaret Bickenbach married Mr. Moore and lives in Waterloo, Iowa. Mildred Briggs is a student at Cornell College. Edward Brockhausen is a student at the University of Wisconsin.

Gladys Calkins married Mr. Hollis and lives in Chicago. Mabelle Chapple is a domestic science teacher in Greenfield, Illinios. Chloe Clement is a stenographer in Freeport. D. Collins is a teacher in Michigan. Martha Courtney is a teacher in Freeport Carrol Crawford is a student at Carthage College.

Chloe Clement owned & operated the Top Notch Restaurant at 112 W. Main St. She married Howard "Puff" Rice.

Joseph Dailey is a stenographer in Chicago. Hazel DeJongh is a stenographer for the Journal Standard in Freeport. Urvin DeVoe is a student at Northwestern University. Carl Dippell is a student at the University of Illinois. Ralph Dippell is a student at the University of Illinois. Martha Dittman is a stenographer in Freeport. Francis Dittmar is a stenographer in Freeport. Kathryn Doyle married Mr. Kline and lives in Freeport, Marie Doyle is a teacher in Waukegan, Illinois.

James Ewing is a student at Beloit College.

Ralph Fischer is a student at the University of Illinois.

Wilbur Goddard is assistant manager at H. A. Hillmer Company in Freeport. Helen Graham is a teacher in Cedarville. Ralph Grossman is a student at the University of Illinois. Ray Grumbine works at Moline Plow Company in Freeport.

Bernice Hart is a bookkeeper in Freeport. Vernon Heck is a farmer near Cedarville. Helen Hill is a bookkeeper at Stukenberg & Borchers in Freeport. Clara Hinderks is a teacher in Freeport. Harry Hineline is a student at the University of Wisconsin. Harry Hoyman is in the livery business in Freeport. Agnes Hughes is a stenographer in the I.C. office in Freeport.

Laura Kellogg married and moved to Detroit, Michigan. Doris Kruse lives at home in Freeport.

Doris Kruse, Senior Class Secretary, married Harry Hoyman.

Edward Lawless works at the I.C. office in Freeport. Earl Lawver is a manual training teacher in Mobile, Alabama. Charles Lee works at Moline Plow Company in Freeport. Lillian Levien is a teacher in Freeport. Ethel Lord lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Florence Matter is a student at Lombard College in Galesburg, Illinois. Gertrude MacCaull is a dressmaker in Freeport. Clarence Mease is a printer at Rawleigh's in Freeport. William Molter works for Williamsburg Insurance Company in Freeport.

Kathleen O'Connor is a teacher in Freeport. Kent Owens is a law student in Chicago. Florence Oyler is a student at Northwestern University.

Joan Peck is a stenographer in Freeport. Leslie Phillips is a merchant in Damascus, Illinois. Helen Prall married Mr. Bechtold and lives in Freeport.

Anna Riner lives at home in Freeport. Ralph Ritzman is a student at the University of Wisconsin. Francis Ryan lives at home in Freeport. Florence Rye is a teacher in Freeport.

Marguerite Salsbury is a teacher in Freeport. Freda Schaefer is a student at the University of Minnesota. Anna Schmidt is a student at the University of Wisconsin. Elsie Schulz is a bookkeeper in Freeport. Isabelle Siems is a teacher in Freeport. Earl Stout is a student at the University of Illinois. Mary Sullivan is the Principal of Union Street School in Freeport.

Fred Thompson is a student at the University of Wisconsin. Luther Turner is a medical student in Chicago.

Ruth Ward lives in Elgin. Sara Warner married Mr. Rampenthal and lives in Wisconsin. Esther Wilkie is a stenographer in Freeport, Sara Wright lives at home in Freeport.

the C. & C. & N. W. Railroad Station

A card postmarked 1911 showing the C. & C. & N. W. Railroad Station. A steam engine is entering the station from the northwest. Rawleigh's is out of sight on the left. Burgess Battery is behind the station and across Stephenson Street. The Pecatonica river is a few yards to the right of the station. This is the location of the original settlement in what we now know as Freeport. There had been a native village at this location, called Winneshiek.

Guyer and Calkins

Guyer and Calkins Company, Wholesale Grocers.

Masonic Temple

Interior of the Masonic Temple in 1911.

Freeport High School

Freeport High School in 1911. Just to the right of the stairs, a pony is tethered.

The old Embury Methodist Church was built in 1866 and torn down in 1911.

The new Embury Methodist Church was built 1911-1913.

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.

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019