Robert Bike


Licensed Massage Therapy #5473
Eugene, Oregon


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Life Coach


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Oil Massages
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
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

Robert Bike, LMT, LLC

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 photos and direct quotes from the Polaris, and other uncopyrighted material in the public domain.

The Class of 1929

The Polaris of 1929

The 1929 Polaris

Volume 25 of the Polaris

Volume 25


The Class of 1929

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 DupeeThe Polaris Staff

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

Wilbur Irwin

Horace Jenner

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 NelsonThe High School News Staff

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

Kathryn Young

Robert Dupee was the Senior Class President. Bernita Kroll was Vice-President and Catherine Popkes was Secretary-Treasurer.

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.


Adam 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

Carolyn 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 Class of 1931 in the 1929 Polaris
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.

newspapers track the team's successes

1929 Quarterfinals Scores
Champaign 43, Mt. Carmel 30
Freeport 30, Wheaton 28
Peoria 27, Witt 18
Johnston City 14, Lincoln 9

Semifinals Scores
Champaign 40, Freeport 24
Johnston City 19, Peoria 15

Third Place
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
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.

"Dear Old Freeport High"
(Tune—"Our Alma Mater"—University of Wisconsin)

The years we've spent at Freeport High
And all those happy days,
will be the closest memories
And linger on always.
Goodbye to our dear Orange and Black
Goodbye to Freeport High,
Our class of nineteen twenty-nine
For you would dare or die.

 All hail our Alma Mater fair
 We bid a fond good-bye
 And proudly flaunt your colors true,
 O dear old Freeport High.

Enthroned within our hearts you'll be,
Forever shall you stay
Your ideals shall remain with us,
in all our work and play,
And tho 'tis sad to say farewell
and leave you here behind,
Our names in Future's growing list
Among the best you'll find.

— I. M. W. '29

The total enrollment for the 1928-29 school year was 864.

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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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