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

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, and other uncopyrighted material in the public domain.

The Class of 1912

The 1912 Polaris, cover

The 1912 Polaris, one of very few yearbooks that I have found published in landscape mode rather than portrait.

Paul Barmore, John Barrett, Fred Best, Gertrude Best, Henry Biersach, Myrtle Jane Briggs,

John Irwin Carbiener, John Cardin, Marion Carey,

Ida Hilary Cox, Gwendolen Smythe Crawford,

Clarence Dietmeier, Edwin Henry Dirksen, Hazel Letitia Ditzler,

Mary Kathryn Eaton,

Dorothy Fair, Ada Folgate, Ellen Caroline Fry, Byron Fulwider,

Earl Grace, Lloyd Gray,

Hazel Ruth Hand, Vernon Heck, Hazel Lorette Higley, Anna Katherine Husinga,

Frederick Jungkunz,

Vernon Kahl, Margaret Helen Keagle, Vernon Klontz,

Will Linderman,

Helen Mayer, Hugh McKean, Vera Cecelia McSherry, Grace Meier, Roy Moore,

John Nagle,

Anna May Rawleigh, Paul Rockey, Irma Rowley,

Robert Seeley, Philip Schneider, Althea Minerva Schoeffel, Lloyd Smith, Merle Leroy Smith, Ruth Smith, Ruth Ellen Swanzey,

Eulalie Gravnoir Thomas, Willard Raymond Thoren,

Jeanette Ruth Von Ordt,

Paul Gransden Wagner, Robert Jacob Waldecker, Harold Wells, Leonard Wernicke, Gladys Clara Wicks, Lela Lenore Windecker,

Harriet Wimer Yarger, Ruth Villetta Yeager, Earl Yordy, Clara Rose Young,

Ethel Anna Zimmerman, Robert Zipf.

Byron Fulwider was Class President, Anna May Rawleigh was Vice President, Vernon Klontz was Secretary, and John Carbiener was Treasurer. Ruth Ellen Swanzey was the author of the Senior Class history. Henry Louis Biersach wrote the Class Poem, an epic of some 67 4-line stanzas!

World War I Veterans from the Class of 1912

Lieutenant John Barrett served with the Quartermaster's Department at Camp Johnston in Jacksonville, Florida.

Fred Best was in the Signal Corps and served overseas.

Sergeant Henry Biersach served with General Hospital Number 1 in New York, Rockefeller Institute at Yale University, and Base Hospital at Camp Pike, Arkansas.

John Cardin was with the Hospital Corps at Great Lakes Naval Training Station.

Clarence Dietmeier was the Paymaster of the Gas Mask Department.

Byron Fulwider was a First Class Quartermaster with the U.S.N. Merchant Marine, Atlantic Service.

Second Lieutenant Earl J. Grace was a Port Supply Officer with the Overseas Clearance Division at Hoboken, New Jersey.

Sergeant Lloyd B. Gray worked in the Ordnance Department, overseas.

Corporal Frederick Jungkunz worked in the Arsenal Technical School at Camp Funston.

Cadet Vernon A. Kahl served with Aviation at Houston, Texas.

John Nagle was a Pharmacist's Mate at Great Lakes Training Camp.

Harold B. Wells served with the Engineering Corps at Camp Grant, Rockford, Illinois.

Leonard Wernicke served with the Navy at Great Lakes.

Lieutenant Robert Zipf served in Aviation at Kelly Field, Love Field and Bowling Field.

A few of the pages inside the 1912 Polaris had splashes of color.


Junior officers

The Junior officers were Thomas Rigney - President, Hugh Kleckner - Vice President, Agnes Osborne - Secretary, and Leonard Davis - Treasurer.


Sophomore officer

The Sophomore officers were George Herold - President, Walter Shook - Vice President, Mildred Best - Secretary, Marvin Guhl - Treasurer.


Freshman officers

The Freshman officers were Emil Hoefer - President, James Fulwider - Vice President, Torrey Foy - Secretary, Fred Taylor - Treasurer.


Alumni officers

The Alumni officers were Chester Hoefer - President, Vida Graham - Vice President, Ruth Hughes - Secretary, Henry Zanoni - Treasurer.

Postcards with a 1912 postmark.

.Third Ward Park
The fountain in Third Ward Park.

St. Paul Train & depot
St. Paul Train & depot.

Great Western Railroad bridge
Great Western Railroad bridge near Freeport.

Stephenson Street, looking east
Stephenson Street, looking east. Note the trolley car in the distance.

Stephenson Street, looking west
Stephenson Street, looking west. The Brewster Hotel is on the right, and Little's plate tower is visible just beyond.

White's Sanitarium
White's Sanitarium

The Union Depot

Auto Accident
Postmarked June 17, 1912, in Freeport.

The Carnegie Library
The Carnegie Library

City Park
City Park

First English Evangelical Lutheran Church
First English Evangelical Lutheran Church

Globe (Krape) Park bridge
Globe (Krape) Park bridge

Boats at Globe Park
Boats at Globe Park

1912 Reo
Postmarked March 5, 1912.
The Courthouse is across the street on the right.
View from Exchange Street.
The car is a brand new 1912 Reo.

St. Joseph's Church
St. Joseph's Church

The Twin Caves at Globe Park
The Twin Caves at Globe Park

Union Depot
Union Depot

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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