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 23, 2015


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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 listed and uncopyrighted material in the public domain.

The Class of 1960

Elaine K. Abels, Jerry Adams, Norma Ader, Marilyn Albrecht, William Allen, Adrian Andree, Michael Arndt, Sally Arola, Frederick Ascher, Michael Ascher,

Jerrell Babb, Raymond Baker, Ronald Baker, Dorothy Barker, Barbara Bauch, Shirley Baum, Julie Beard, Marilyn Beidler, Richard S. Bell, Kenneth L. Benson, Janet K. Best, Judith M. Bishop, Sylvia K. Bittner, Marvin R. Blackbourn, David E. Bliss, Max E. Boeke, Sherry M. Boeke, Velma V. Boomgarden, John M. Borchers, Karen S. Bose, Sandra K. Bowen, Linda I. Brechtel, Dennis L. Breo, William C. Chock, Dan I. Brooks, Joseph H. Brown, Martha K. Bunchman, Janet L. Busekros, Kay E. Buss, Patrick R. Butler,

Lee Carter, Ray L. Carter, Larry W. Casford, Patricia J. Casford, Tamara J. Cazel, Stephen Chasten, Ronny L. Clark, Melvin L. Colberg, Clara Collins Joseph Conder, Michael Cook, James Coomber, Terry Corman, David Cremer, John Criddle, Madge Cummins, Gary Cuplin,

David Detwiler, Judity Diddens, Arthur Dieterman, Kirk Dietmeier, Richard Dorman, Dee Dotlich, Karl Downing, Mary Dryer,

Jerry Edler, Sylvia L. Eicholtz, Mary L. Enstrom, Thomas W. Erdman, Richard L. Ertmer, Liana D. Erwin, Patricia K. Evans,

Ross G. Fagot, Jack J. Faull, Gary L. Fetter, Susan K. Finkbeiner, Donald A. Flack, Sandra K. Fogel, Susan K. Fogel, Michael F. Fortner, Henry H. Fortney, Janis M. Frey, James A. Fritzenmeier, John E. Fulkerson,

Carlisle J. Ganze, Sharon S. Geiseman, Russell J. Gennusa, John J. Ginger, Joseph E. Ginger, Elizabeth J. Glasow, Don L. Glasser, Kathleen A. Gorski, Mary E. Gramley, Wayne L. Gravenstein, Sandra K. Greier, Nancy J. Griffeth or Griffith, Carson H. Grinnell, Richard L. Groshans, Douglas E. Gugger,

Cecil F. Haas, Frank A. Hadjokas, Carolyn J. Halzel, Sharon J. Hammond, Judith E. Hannah, Douglas Hansen, Sally A. Hanson, Kittye L. Hartman, Kathi Hastings, Faith Hatjimanolis, Richard A. Hauger, Jerry L. Hawes, Charlene K. Heath, Robert L. Heiden, Carol A. Henning, Jack L. Hepner, Jacqueline L. Hepner, Jon R. Hepner, James R. Herbig, Samuel Herron, Mary L. Hickman, Roger A. Hill, Lillie P. Hilton, Janet M. Hoffman, Dennis L. Holland, Dennis D. Homan, Leland R. Houser, Paul D. Hubbard, Darlene J. Hughs,

LeRoy R. Ilgen,

William R. Jacobs, LeRoy Jensen, Curtis Johnson, David L. Johnson, Frederick L. Johnson, Harold E. Johnson, Nona L. Johnson, Shirley D. Johnson, William Johnson, Stephen W. Joiner, Linda J. Jones, Mary E. Jones,

Sandra K. Kaiser, Michael V. Kaney, Sally J. Karstedt, Charles Kasch, Darlene A. Kasch, Ray Kemp, Harry Kent, Steven Kerloff, Terry Kerlin, Richard Kidd, Jerry Kiefer, Donald Kimes, Zelda Kinman, Linda Kintzel, Gary Kirkpatrick, Nancy Kleihauer, John Klinger, Roger Klontz, Julie Klosa, Gail Kneller, Raymond Kneller, Robert Knipschield, Sally J. Koppein, Steve F. Krehl, Stephanie J. Kutz,

Richard A. Laible, Sharon L. Lamb, Marilyn A. Lamm, Judith Lebrecht, Patricia Libby, James H. Lincoln, Judith A. Linder, Allison Lockett, Daniel Loeffelholz, Gerald Loeffelholz, James Lorenze, Robert G. Loring, William R. Loring, Monroe C. Love,

Charlotte J. Martin, Mary Lou Matter, Barbara Mayfield, Joel McCulloch, Robert McHoes, David D. McNary, Vernon Mercier, Barbara A. Mertens, Janice M. Metcalf, Beatrice E. Metz, John L. Meyers, Robert A. Meyers, Janet I. Miller, Penny A. Miller, Joy L. Mordick, Dorothy A. Moll, Jean A. Morey, Diana E. Moss, LeRoy B. Moy, Nora Kay Muse, Arthur D. Myers,

Carole Sue Nelson, James H. Nelson, Julie A Nunemacher,

Lee M Ocker, David Oltmann, Carol Ortgiesen, Mary L. Osborne,

David C. Pattat, Essie L. Patterson, Dale W. Paul, John Pearson, John Jack R. Peters, James G. Place, Judith A. Plowman, Karen J. Plowman, Elwyn T. Poe,

Kenneth J. Reid, Judith Richert, David Rinderman, Anita Roddewig, Dayne E. Rogers, Rebecca A. Rolinger, Jon C. Rosenstiel, Roland L. Ruhl, David E. Runte, Shareen K. Russell, Leonard C. Ruthe, Corrine J. Ryan,

Oliver E. Schauer, Bruce Schmidt, Larry Schrader, Robert Schroeder, Carol Schweder, Robert Scott, Stephen Seeman, William R. Senneff, Le Ann Shay, Joann J. Shelley, Raymond E. Sherwood, Audrey Shipp, Nellie J. Shipp, Judith L. Shultz, David J. Slaight, Jo Anne Smith, Mary Ann Smith, Richard H. Smith, Judith C. Smithe, Sandra S. Snodgrass, Richard L. Solace, Diane D. Southard, Larry L. Spangler, Ronald M. Spielman, Barbara C. Springer, Mary L. Squires, John W. Staas, Gary L. Stearns, Amor J. Steele, Susan M. Steffen, David P. Stein, Sandra L. Stein, Patricia D. Steinestel, Jean Elaine Stichter, Antoinette K. Stimpert, Gerald G. Stocks, Mary K. Stone, Theresa L. Stuart, Peter S. Stukenberg, Patrick P. Sullivan, Linda D. Sunday, Allen W. Swaim, Dennis W. Swank,

Dan G. TerHark, Harold W. Thompson, Gary L. Thurston, Ronald E. Tobin, Jan A. Toepfer, Karl L. Trester,

John W. Uhlar, Sherry Undieme, Kathryn I. Uthlaut,

Darla VanBuskirk, Gerald E. Vincent,

Donald F. Wagand, Paul Waggoner, Gary Wagner, Patricia Wagner, William Wagner, Franklin Walker, LeRoy E. Wallace, Janet B. Walton, Elizabeth A. Ward, Karin J. Waterhouse, Larry J. Wellman, Shirley A. White, Michael R. Whitten, Karen Wilhelms, Marcella Wilken, Arthur M. Williams, Dean W. Wilson, Gary Wilson, Judith A. Winters, James W. Witt, Erich H. Woehrle, Judith A. Wolfe, Donald R. Wolfensberger, David M. Woodhouse, Judith A. Woolsey, Melvin Wright,

David J. Zahary.

The 1960 Polaris listing for Judith A. Wolfe reads:

Home-bound after having polio, Judy maintains her class standing through the intercom system.

She has studied in this way for the three years of senior high.

Gary Stearns was a great receiver on the Pretzel football team.

He went on to star at Northern Illinois University, where he became a member of the NIU Hall of Fame and a member of the school's All-Century football team. He was a wide receiver for the team in 1963 when the team went 10-0. In the game against Central Michigan that year, he hauled in 17 receptions, which is still the record for NIU for most receptions in a single game. In another game, he had 13 catches in just the first half.

After college, Gary played with the NFL's Washington Redskins.

He earned a masters degree in education at NIU and taught for 25 years at Elmwood Park High School as a physical education teacher, head football coach, and later as athletic director.

Gary was inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Illinois High School Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame. He was an excellent football coach, and mentored many young men. He motivated them both on and off the field. His coaching style was to inspire rather than yell.

He later was an adjunct professor of kinesiology and an assistant football coach at Elmhurst College.

Gary was a talented woodworker, building furniture from scratch and refurbishing antiques.

Gary died September 2, 2011. He is survived by his wife, three children, three grandchildren and his sister, Evelyn Stearns Mrkvicka.

His older brother Roger, Class of 1958, died February 27, 2011, and was survived by one daughter and two grandchildren. Roger had been a chemical engineer and computer consultant.

Gary and Roger were my second cousins.

The Green Banner
The Green Banner
The school newspaper of Freeport Junior HIgh School.
October 31, 1960

1960 license plate

My father's 1960 license plate.

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Freeport High School

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