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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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Carlile, columnist for the Freeport (Illinois) Journal Standard,
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The 1929 Polaris
Alfred Ackerman, Harlan Altfilish, Glenn Ames, Dorothy Anderson, Winifred Aspinwall
Ethel Barnes, Robert Barrett, Virginia Best, Doris Beirau, Harold Bignall, Raymond Blei, Paul Blocker, John Brandt, Dorothy Mae Breed, Emilie Breyer, Leota Briggs, Marguerite Broughton, Gaylord Browne, James Bruce, Violet Buehler, Esther Burckhardt, Edward Burns, Ruby Busekros, Evelyn Butler
William Cahill, Paul Chronic, Beatrice Clark, Edith Bernice Clarke, Florine Clark, Evelyn Claus, Margaret Cooper, Helen Cram, Louis Cramer, Margery Cramer, Perry Cromley
Esther Dahlmer, Floyd Derby, Florence Dreier, Louella Dreibelbis, Robert Dupee
Glen Eichmeier, Ruth Erfert, John Evers
Clifford Fawver, Phillip Fawver, Theola Feiler, Robert Fifer, Kenneth Fitchner, Katherine Flory, Cynthia Folgate, Lewis Frank, Paul Fuller
Robert Geiser, Irma Gharet, Thelma Gitz, Jane Greier, Max Gunning
Doris Hamlyn, Frances Harnish, Zara Heard, John Held, Merton Hewins, Leland Hunsiker, Esther Hurd, Dorothy Huss, Paul Hutmacher
Howard Keister, Marion Keith, William Klein, Kenneth Kling, Katherine Klinke, George Krehl, Bernita Kroll, Helen Kuhlemeier
Kenneth Lawver, Frances Lebkicher, Grace Lied, Glenn Lindsay, William Lorenz, Richard Loveland
Walter Mack, Robert Madden, Ross Madden, Charlotte Mallory, Jennie Manus, Marguerite Marshall, Margaret Mackenzie, Robert McNutt, Darrel Mellom, Ethel Mercier, Hazel Merkel, William Metzgar, Alice Miller, Frances Miller, John Miller, Roberta Moore, Belva Molter, Charles Murphy
Harry Neiman, Roy Nesbit, Earl Nelson
Frederic Oberhart, Robert Ohlendorf, Wilma Opel
Ina Penwell, Arlene Perry, Harriet Phillips, E. Lucille Phillips, Leroy Pieper, Roy Pinnow, Catherine Popkes, George Price, Viola Price
Alma Rahn, Carl Rath, Eleanor Resh, Lavon Rezner, Ann Ruark, Beulah Rutherford, James Ryan
Mary Elizabeth Scanlan, May Shilling, Lois Schuman, Alice Schmertman, Leona Secker, Norma Seitz, Dorothy Sender, Mildred Severson, Bertha Shafer, Eileen Joan Shoenhard, Margaret Shouer, Marie Schmidt, Carroll Smith, Lorna Snook, William Snyder, Gladys Sorensen, Glen Sowers, Dorothy Spaide, Marian Stark, Dan Sullivan, Marian Sword
Mamie Thompson, Irvin Toelle, Viola Trunk
Helen Van Deest, Virginia Von Sennet
Mildred Walter, Mitchell Walters, Paul Watz, Marjorie Wheeland, Clyde Wiegel, Elsie Wilson, Ivah Mary Wiltrout, Philbert Winebrenner, Roy Winters, Vera Witte, Willa Wittenmeyer
The Principal in 1929 was Luther Addison Fulwider. Frank W. Phillips was superintendent of schools, Charles Cross was financial manager, Mrs. Scott was dean of girls, Naomi Kidd was secretary, and Louis Mensenkamp was in charge of testing.
Aitchison, Dramatics, English
Mabel Bowers, Latin
Forest Braden, Manual Arts
David Brown, History
Bessie Carnahan, Latin, English
Helen Crowder, English
Margaret Davenport, Librarian
Freda Dickson, English
Robert Ellis, History, Debate
Leona Fife, Music
Boyd Garns, Manual Arts
Grace Godsey, English
Karl Kubitz, Music
Lucile Lindstrom, Art, Home Economics
Frances Lohbauer, English, Dramatics
Mary Martin, Mathematics
Louis Mensenkamp, Mathematics
Musser, English, Newswriting
Helen Nelson, Physical Education
Harlan Porter, Physics
Allie Reitzell, Mathematics
Mabel Rickansrud, Home Economics
Willard Rubendall, Math, Science
Adolph Rupp, History, Coach
Dorothea Schmidt, French, Spanish
Levon Shunk, English, Spanish
Hope Smith, Commercial
Ray Soliday, Science
Dorles Stutzman, English
Alice Thompson, Home Economics
Ruth VanKessel, Commercial
Helen Wheeler, Commercial
Robert Wieche, Physical Ed, Coach
Elizabeth Wilson, Home Economics
George Zuelke, Arithmetic and Coach
The Sophomore Class
My father, Ralph Bike was a sophomore in 1929, and this is his yearbook. He is shown in the top photo, second row from the top, wearing the light sweater just in front of the doors. He was just 14 years old when the photo was taken.
The Freeport basketball team finished third in the state in 1929.
Champaign 43, Mt. Carmel 30
Freeport 30, Wheaton 28
Peoria 27, Witt 18
Johnston City 14, Lincoln 9
Champaign 40, Freeport 24
Johnston City 19, Peoria 15
Freeport 27, Peoria 15
Johnston City 30, Champaign 21
Freeport, coached by Adolph Rupp, finished the season 18-6.
The Tournament Squad, coached by the legendary Adolph Rupp.
Don Brewer let the tournament scoring for all teams with 26 points in three games. Danny Sullivan was fifth with 21.
Dan Sullivan, Robert Dupee, Donald Brewer, William Lorenz, Dan Schaefer, George Schmelzle, Bert Baker and Glen Sowers.
Advertising covers some of the cost of publishing the Polaris. Here's an ad from the Lindo Theater.
Old Freeport High"
(Tune"Our Alma Mater"University of Wisconsin)
years we've spent at Freeport High
within our hearts you'll be,
I. M. W. '29
total enrollment for the 1928-29 school year was 864.
on any year in the chart below to see the class and other info,
such as postcards, people and events from that year.