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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 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.
healing power of plants is the basis for modern medicines.
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The 1928 Polaris
Warren Babb, Iva Bastian, Marguerite Bauch, Anna Baumgartner, Nelson Baumgartner, Carroll Becker, Harry Becker, Frank Beddoes, Clarice Bender, Forrest Bender, Sam Bolender, Russell Borchers, Mary E. Bowers, William Brice, Leita Brown,
Beryl Carlson, Marguerite Carpenter, Eldred Cole, Donald Cox,
Charles Davis, Othniel Deemer, Donald Dick, Gladys Ditzler, Charles Doerr, Weldon Dole, Maxine Dry, Sarah Duper,
Robert Fifer, Mary Fosha, Ida Freerksen, Jacob Frehner, George Frehner, Virgel Fry,
Kathryn Garrison, Thomas Goetz, Mabel Goranson,
Helen Hamnet, Dorothy Harroun, Elizabeth Hartman, Jennie Hawes, Jane Hayes, Robert Hayes, Beatrice Heine, Beulah Heitz, John Held, Jacob Hess, Catherine Hummel,
Verla Kaufman, Wilbur Kerlin, Elta May Kerch, Raymond Kerch, Francis Kiefer, Margaret Kline, Lucille Kortemier, Matilda Kraner, Leslie Krauthoff, Gertrude Krieg,
Victor Lamm, Marjorie Law, Bernice Lenaur, Henrietta Lohff,
Lee Madden, Maurice Madden, John Manion, Charles McCool, Thomas McLarnon, Dahl Metters, Vinona Miller, Dorothy Jean Moore, William Mosely,
Catherine Oberhart, Gladys Otto,
Russell Pash, Kathryn Perry, Margery Perry, David Phillips, Mabel Phillips, Gerald Plowman, Annagene Prall, Frank Putnam,
Harold Rhynders, Robert Rhynders, Pearl Rizner, Victor Rockey, Roy Roddewig, Paul Rhode, James Rought, Margarete Rought, Edward Rubendall, Alfred Rund, Benjamin Rush, Ralph Ruthe, Elizabeth Ryan,
Marion Sage, Margaret Schmich, Dorothy Schmidt, Leola Schramm, Anna Secker, Emogene Shank, J. Daniel Shelley, Richard Shouer, Gertrude Smith, Harold Smith, Mildred Soladay, Dorothy Spangler, Arthur Steffen,
Hershel Taber, James Taber, Evelyn Taylor, Alvin Toelle, Ralph Tuell,
Marguerite Welty, Emerson Williams, Ina Witte, Kathryn Witte, Margaret Wittenmeyer, Barbara Wright, Dorothy Wubbena, Robert Wurtzel,
Henrietta Lohff married Robert P. Wurtzel Nov. 22, 1933. Henrietta and Bob were known around the midwest as The Magical Wurtzels. Their talents took them around the U.S., to Cuba, Canada and Hawaii. During World War II, Henrietta Bob created The Wurtzel News, a concise edition of the happenings and whereabouts of service men and women from the area, in addition to tidbits of Freeport news. The Wurtzels were widely-known for their annual Open Houses, featuring performances by magicians throughout the midwest.
Henrietta Wurtzel was known as Freeports "First Lady of Magic and was a member of the national organization, Magic Gals. Her memberships included being an officer of Freeport Womens Club, the Culture Club, the YWCA, a 50-year-member of Winneshiek Players, a life member of Stephenson County Historical Society and a life member of Freeport Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
A member of St. John United Church of Christ, she served as a Sunday school teacher, a member of the church dramatic Guild, President of the Womens Fellowship, and was a past officer of the Golden Agers. (Scan of Henrietta's magic brochure courtesy of Alice Horner.)
She & Bob set up a scholarship for Highland Community College students. She presented her scholarship to a student in person at the annual scholarship program. When it was time to give the scholarship, it would seemed to have disappeared. But Henrietta always had her magic purse and magic wand which made the scholarship re-appear, to the relief of the recipient student and the delight of the audience.
Bob died April 4, 1983, just a few months short of their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Henrietta died at age 98, on May 11, 2008.
is a card from the 1920s showing a brick paved Stephenson Street, looking
west. The first building on the left is a bakery; the second is a hardware
store. Then comes State Street, and the tall State Bank building. Trolley
tracks run up the middle of the street. On the right, the tall brick building
with the flag is the old Brewster Hotel, where Abraham Lincoln and Stephen
A. Douglas stayed during the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Little's China
Plate Tower is just visible beyond the Brewster. On the near side of State
Street is the cupola of what was in my day Garrity's Drug Store. The next
store is a tire store, which prophetically advertises Kelly Springfield
Tires. In the 1960s, Kelly Springfield opened a tire factory just east
of Freeport. The next nearest sign says Cigars, with a small sign underneath
that says, Bowling. On the street are a mixture of automobiles and a horse-drawn
Sharon Kayne wrote to me asking about her grandfather, Frank Putnam, so I scanned some photos of him from the 1928, 1927 and 1926 Polarises. They are shown below. She send me a newspaper clipping telling about a trip he took with two friends, Albert Kircher and Arthur Cremer, in a Model T Ford they bought for $15. They saw the West Coast on a 5000 mile drive.
Frank Putnam's senior page.
Frank Putnam's senior photo.
"A gallant knight in sunshine and in shadow."
Frank lettered on the Lightweight Basketball team.
In the bottom photo, the head coach on the far right is Adolph Rupp, who went on to coach at the University of Kentucky, where his squads won several national championships, and the current basketball arena is named after him.
Frank Putnam's Lightweight Basketball team.
Frank Putnam lettered for the football team.
Note the leather helmets.
In the top photo is a game being played in the Pretzel Bowl, with a portion of Freeport High School shown behind.
Frank Putnam's junior photo from the 1927 Polaris.
Frank lettered for the Lightweight Basketball squad his junior year.
In the top photo is the old gym.
Frank Putnam's sophomore photo.
on any year in the chart below to see the class and other info,
such as postcards, people and events from that year.