Robert Bike


Licensed Massage Therapy #5473
Eugene, Oregon


Teaching Reiki Master

Life Coach


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Private classes.
Biblical Aromatherapy
Therapeutic Essential
Oil Massages
President of the Oregon Massage Therapists Association
& 2012-2013

I graduated from Freeport (Illinois) High School.
I'm a Pretzel!

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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

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 1930

1930 Polaris

Wayne Althafer, Ray Arbogast, Homer Aspinwall,

Evelyn Barrett, Reuben Baumgartner, Robert Baumgartner, Alice Baughman, Betty Bell, Alice Fay Best, Betty Becker, Ruth Bendick, Harold Bignall, Dorothy Gilber, Betty Bonn, Florence Boslough, Gladys Bowers, Norma Boyd, Donald Brewer, Joseph Brandt, Allen Burchell, Robert Burckhardt, Ruth Burckhardt, Edward Buss,

Craig Calkins, Elaine Campbell, Joseph Clouser, John Cook, Lewis Cramer, Jack Crawford, Lyle Criddle, Catherine Cross,

Merrill Ditzler, William Dorman, Ruth Dreibelbis, Jane Dupee,

Annmar Eccles, Virginia Edler, Elton Eisenhauer, Ruth Erfert,

Benjamin Fieselmann, Bertha Forry, Dorothy Fox, Nelson Fox, Inez Foy,

Harold Franzmeier, Marjorie Fulwider,

Roger Gilchrist, Imogene Goeke, Leona Goodsell, Emmerson Gunning,

Mary Hannah, Helen Harlan, Harold Harnish, Blanche Heitter, John Heiden, Beatrice Holtum, Gordon Hunter, John Huss,

Benno Ibler,

Donald James, George Jephson, Helen Judd,

Paul Kaiser, Charles Kasch, Priscilla Kempert, Jack Kerlin, Leo Kilbridge, Frederick Kiefer, Wallace Klentz, Lois Kleppinger, Helen Klever, Vernon Knauff, William Kostenbader,

Gertrude Lambert, Frances Lenz, Marie Lorenz,

Robert Madden, Margaret Maurer, Lowell Markel, Martha McNess, Louise McNary, Ethel Meads, Isabelle Merkel, Alice Meyers, Magdalene Miley, John Miller, Ward Moore, Irene Mullarkey, Lawrence Mullarkey, Margaret Myers,

DuWayne Neff,

George Ott, Alverta Otto,

Alban Perry, Frances Phillips, Gilbert Phillips, Hugh Phillips, Margery Phillips, Raymond Place, Ira Plager, Kathryn Popp, Florence Prasse, Margaret Putnam,

Evelyn Rahn, Gerald Ralston, Kathryn Reed, Barbara Resh, Grant Richard, Audrey Ridgway, Willard Rigby, Irene Ross, Jerome Rosenstiel, Ruth Rutter,

Dan Schaefer, Wilbur Schrader, Wilbur Schauer, Jeanette Schwarz, Joan Schwarz, Margaret Sears, Dorothy Seitz, Beryl Spelman, Kathleen Snyder, Ethel Smith, Robert Smith, Roger Smith, Delmar Stabenow, Betty Steffen, Martin Steinestel, Irving Stone, Ray Stone, William Stouffer, Lester Stukenburg,

Virgil Turner,

Ruth Unangst,

Irene Valeske, Dick Van Dyke, Gladys Van Gorder, John Vietmeyer, Harold Vincent, Herbert Vincent,

Francis Wallace, Doris Ward, Hugh Wedge, Charlotte Welch, Jennie Whalen, Homer Whitford, Lorean Wiltrout,

Howard Yde, Evelyn Young, Francis Young,

Alvin Zurbriggen.

Class Officers
President, Dan Schaefer; Vice-President, Martha McNess; Secretary-Treasurer, Joseph Brande

newspaper staff
The 1930 Freeport High School News Staff
Back row: L. Kilbridge, G. Richard, L. Conter, C. Calkins, R. Bike, B. Ibler, J. Wheeland, R. Stuart, L. Bach.
Front Row: G. Lambert, V. Crockett, I. Merkel, M. Fulbridge, L. Wilstrout, A. Billig.

The 1930 Polaris Staff
Back row: E. Campbell, H. Harlan, G. Van Gorder, G. Hunter, G. Calkins, D. Brewer, B. Ibler, J. Brandt, W. Collier, H. Finley, B. Holtum, J. Dupee.
Front row: J. Buffin, M. McNess, M. Phillips, B. Becker, B. Bell, M. Fulwider, E. Young, L. McNary, L. Wiltrout, E. Smith, W. Carnahan.

Dad's junior photo
1930's Junior Class, including my father, Ralph Bike, at bottom left.

Reuben A Baumgartner
December 30, 1912 - February 16, 2005

Born in Pearl City he was the son of Albert and Laura (Hummermeier) Baumgartner. He married Camille Mears in 1942 and she died in 1969.

He graduated from Freeport High School in 1930, then earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in math in 1934, and his Masters in Math in 1935 from the University of Illinois.

A veteran of World War II he taught postgraduate meteorology at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.

From 1935 to 1940 he taught math in Polo and then at the State University of North Dakota at Fargo.

From 1940 to 1956 he was head of the math department at Freeport Senior High School. From 1949 to 1956 he was director of Adult Education for District 145.

From 1956 to 1972 he was principal at Freeport Senior High School, and from 1972 to 1977 he was head of curriculum for District 145.

It was Reuben Baumgartner who first suggested the idea of establishing a community college in the Freeport area. His dedication to the community and his efforts in adult education earned him the title “the Father of Highland Community College.”

After retirement he was state coordinator of AARP 55 Alive Driving Course, senior advisory committeeman for the Secretary of State, and taught math part time at Highland Community College.

Senior photos, including Reuben Baumgartner
Reuben Baumgartner's senior photo.
He was principal all the years I attended FHS.
If only I had known his nickname was "Bummy" . . . .

Aquin High School
Class of 1930

Aquin HS Boys, 1930
Aquin High School Class of 1930, Boys
Back row: John Fitz, Bob Munda, John Conley, Joe Pitterle, Bob Enzler, unknown, Oliver Cramer
Front row: unknown, unknown, John Luecke

Aquin HS Girls, 1930

Aquin High School Class of 1930, Girls
Back row: unknown, Valeria Spindler, unknown, Mary Tappe, unknown, Carolee Donnely, Clarice Brers
Front row: Dorothy Eberle, Marie Barcellona

The Aquin photos were provided by Susan Servatius Schlosser. Her mother, Lucille, and my mother, Anna, both still living in 2013, have been best friends since the 1920s!

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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