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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.
Originally published in manuscript form in 1999, I completely revised the book and added illustrations.
Biblical Aromatherapy in paperback,
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Carlile, columnist for the Freeport (Illinois) Journal Standard,
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Richard Lee Anderson, Richard Terrance Arbogast, Stanwood Dale Ascher,
David Milton Babcock, Patricia Ann Backes, Roger William Baker, Kenneth Philip Bardell, Floyd Richard Barkau, Janet Elaine Bartell, Carl Richard Becker, Wayne J. Beddow, Nancy Lee Beem, Patricia Ann Beldin, Michael Donald Bennett, Vene Ray Becthof, Linda Leah Blaisdell, Judith Lynne Blust, Charles William Boyce, Charleene Alice Brobst, Elizabeth Ann Bruce, Ida Lee Brumfield, Delores LaVonne Bryant, Dorothy Jean Burright, Delores Burton,
Charlotte Joy Carter, Edwin Russell Cox, Shirley Crummer,
Frances Eugenie Davis, Rita Ruth Diemer, Carolyn Kay Dietrich, Simone Mary Dommel, Cixie Lee Mary Domfield, Robert Elmer Dyson,
Marilyn Virginia Eberle, Jean E. Endress, William Lee Engels, Linda Ann Ewalt,
Gary Keith Fawver, Jean Feller, Robert Louis Ferguson, Larry Richard Fink, Morris William Firebaugh, Jean Edith Fishburn, Kay Louise Fisher, Florence Dudley Fitts, Mary Lou Fluegel, Cyrus William Frishe, Gerald J. Friesenecker, Cheryl Larri Frital, Mary Jane Fulkerson,
Janice Marie Gartman, Christina Garwood, Richard Paul Geiser, John Duane George, Larry Kenneth Gilchrist, Dale John Gill, Nancy Lee Graff, Gerald Lee Graham, Norma Jean Graham, Sophia Kay Grahl, Edwin Gravenstein, Sally Gregg,
Dianne Hannah, Michael Edward Hannah, Merwyn Leonard Hecht, Thomas Turner Heiser, Hayne Heitz, Virginia Lorraine Helsinger, Barbara Ann Herbig, Donald W. Herdman, John L. Herron, Gerald Ross Hill, Neta Ann Hille, Patricia Ann Hille, Rachel Lee Hilton, Mary Lou Holbert, Robert LaVerne Hooper, Leona Lillian Huber,
Carolyn Ann Jenkins, Irma Jean Jenner, Carlyle Emmert Johansen,
Carole Ione Johnson, Carol Jean Johnson, Emma Ruth Johnson,
Susan Jean Kahl, Marie June Karstedt, Alicia Sybil Kazakos, Jean Lorraine Kennedy, Charlene Kerlin, Jo Ann Kelly, John Dale Kilburn, Carol Ann Kilker, Carolyn Jean Kirchberg, Sandra Elaine Kiser, Stanley A. Klentz, Cheryl Sue Kline, Gene Lawrence Klock, Robert Gene Klouser, Eleanor Ruth Kneller, Arnold Lee Kohl, Judith Ellen Koon, William Frederick Kortemeier, Carol Jean Koser, Corrine Krueger, Walter Kuehl, John Ketelhut, Lynn Kurtz,
Clenetta Lafferty, Carolyn Lamb, Louis Landau, Clifford Lang, Sandra Jean Lewis, Marlene Virginia Lender, Olga Marie Lindfors, Arlene Joyce Lingbeck, Robert Merle Lower,
Sonja Ann Machamer, Janet Kay McCarthy, Lois Mae McCulloch, Robert O. McDonald, Phyllis Jean McGrath, Laren Madden, David Joe Mahlke, Eugene Malland, Richard David Maples, Sylvia Marasse, Carl Marks Jr., Marlene Elizabeth Marr, William Martin, Delored Ann Maves, Alberta Mazique, Ardith Eileen Meinzer, Karl E. Miller, Nancy Carol Miller, Robert L. Miller, Jean Eileen Morden, Robert Alan Moren, Rita Jean Mueller,
Robert A. Neidigh, Kathleen Ann Neiman, Shirley Ann Nes, Paula Jeanne Noeske,
Barbara Ann Otte,
Eugene Raymond Pentikoff, Richard LaVerne Pettit, Lois Lavonne Piefer, Howard Glenn Pinnow, David Norman Poast,
Evelyn Mae Reed, Nancy Joy Reutner, Charlotte Marie Robinson, Donald F. Rodda, David John Rozman, Alan William Rubendall, Colleen Kay Runte, Michael Morgan Russell, William D. Ryan,
Joanne Berniece Sager, Judith Ann Schlegel, Mary Elizabeth Scholes, Robert Raymond Schopf, Wilfred S. Schramm, Roger Walter Schult, Donald F. Schultz, Sharon Mae Schwarze, Jason G. Seubold, Barbara Elizabeth Shelly, Jo Ann Shelly, Arthur Vernon Smith, Fred Arthur Smith, James Gordon Smith, Marlene F. Smith, Sara Jane Smith, Lois Voigt Smith, Barbara Louise Soladay, Robert Oral Spahn, David Trumbull Spencer, Julia M. Staas, James Karl Steffen, Frances Ann Steimle, Sylvia Edith Sward,
Kathryn Patricia Taylor, Gene Marvin Thompson, Larry Carl Thompson,
Maureen Mae VanBrocklin,
Mark William Wagner, Barbara Estelle Watz, George Edward Webb Jr., Deanna Alyce Weipert, Richard Henry Wehrenberg, Charles Lee Weimer, Duane E. Wild, nancy Lorraine Wheat, Linda Carol White, Marie Ophelia Williams, Mavis Vedella Williams, Julene Ann Wright,
James Jay Yde,
Kenneth Marvin Zier.
Bill Martin wrote to me. He would have graduated with the Class of 1955 had his parents not moved away. He attended Harlem School for grades 1-5, and Union School for 6th grade.
Bill remembers that some of his Harlem School classmates were Carol Johnson, Nancy Beam, Audrey Taylor, Tommy Heiser, Robert Butcher, Voight Smith (his dad was a doctor), Bruce Beasly, Terry Arbogast, Richard Maples and Molly Scholls. He remembers Charlene Kerlin and Bill Kortemeier from Union School. His teachers at Union were Miss O'Connor and Mrs. Hill.
Younger kids that he remembers from his neighborhood on N. Harlem Avenue were Hank Purdue (Class of 1959) and Denny Maves. His next door neighbors on S. Carroll Ave. were Karen and Suzie Steffan, and Barbara Soliday. The Superintendent of Schools, a man named Ben Shafer, lived directly across the street from his house, next to a man named Ogden, and on his other side, a neighbor named Wamsley. A couple named Redmer ran the Historical museum a couple blocks away.
Carolyn and Allan Sikes were two children of his cousin, as well as Sylvia and Brian Volkers. Karen, Garnet and Paulette Stephan are also kids of another cousin. Janice Rummelhagen was also a daughter of another cousin.
Bill is retired from the printing trade, is an oil and watercolor artist, and has a website, www.wfmartin.com.
Bill's uncle, Lt. Vernon H. Evans, was Killed In Action in WWII.
father's 1955 license plate.
on any year in the chart below to see the class and other info,
such as postcards, people and events from that year.