HERE IS ST. JACOB TRIVIA ABOUT OUR PEOPLE
We have lots of fascinating people here at St. Jacob with
lots of fascinating stories. You can read below about
some of their amazing activities over the years....
--Pastor Rajala’s son (Arne) was in town recently and he
brought in a Bible from his dad’s library. It is an 1822
Bible!!! Can you believe St. Jacob was only one year old
when this Bible was printed. We will be able to highlight
this Bible during our 200th celebrations.
--We have been talking to Nick Thompson and found that
he not only held the school record in the 400 meter run
but also the 200 meter. He made it to the state meet
in the 400 meter. One other little bit of trivia is that he
was the most valuable athlete at the Jesse Owens
--Have you heard of the grave dodger? The Star City
knows about him. In their game room they have a
large display on the wall about “the grave dodger.”
Back in the 60’s when they were putting in a water
line for the fountain in Library Park, they came
across a coffin left from the days that area was a
cemetery. The reburial was led by Pastor Rajala
and it is amazing to see him in the pictures along
with the intricate coffin complete with a window!!!
--Dick Church was our city’s mayor for seven terms. This
is the most in Miamisburg history. He has had many
tributes including a number of nice articles in the Dayton
Daily News. He is now retired and recently had a big
retirement party. Now that things are slowing down in
his life he is going to help us prepare for the big 200th
anniversary of St. Jacob!!! We will kick off the planning
efforts by meeting with our Lunch Bunch on February
27th at Ron’s Pizza in the historic IOOF building. Come
join us. It all beings at 11:30am.
--In the Holiday Festival parade there was a car full of
veterans from former wars. How nice to see two St.
Jacob people in the vehicle. There was Steve Schultz
(Vietnam War) and Dale Schram (World War II)
--On Veterans Day we like to remember the story of Zach
Sharits. He served in the Army during the Civil War but
was captured and sent to a confederate prison. When
the war ended and everyone was released they loaded
up on a ship called the Sultana for the trip up the Mississippi
and back home. Sadly, the ship’s boiler exploded and
over 1500 were killed, including Mr. Sharits. He was buried
back in Miamisburg by Pastor Albrecht.
--You may not know the name Hobby Kinderdine but we
believe he might be pretty well known very soon. He sat
in the last pew on the pulpit side with the rest of the
Kinderdine family. The NFL will celebrate their 100th
anniversary very soon. Hobby played in the first NFL
game as a center and also as the kicker for the
Dayton Triangles. When his team scored a touchdown
to go ahead 6-0, he kicked the extra point to make it
7-0. Little did anyone there know that this would be
remembered as the first extra point in NFL history!!!
Pastor Hout recently carried a picture of him when the
Bengals visited Welcome Stadium in Dayton, but he was
unable to get any of the kickers to autograph it. He will
keep trying, though. Some day the media will come
calling for the full story about all of this.
--Shannon Quinn Thompson is well known for many things.
We recently heard a story about her that will make her
even more famous. She was six months pregnant and
she rode her unicycle at her school for the kids!!! Yes,
she is pretty amazing as she also led the nation in “digs
per set” her senior year on the Capital University volleyball
team. She just had a baby boy, Jackson Norman and they
were all out recently for the wedding of Megan Davis.
Jackson was not playing volleyball or riding a unicycle.
Little Jackson was also recently seen at the noon service!
--Jason Bruns finished on the podium at the “First
Four” race at the University of Dayton. This was no
ordinary race as he won tickets to the NCAA
tournament games and also $75!!! Go Jason!
In college he was the top runner on the Wright State
Cross Country team and has run the Boston
marathon.....even against the wind the whole time.
His wife was a champion tennis player for Miamisburg
and Wright State. She even pole vaulted for Pastor
Hout. They also have a new baby - Hazel Evelyn.
She looks so cute in her own little WSU stocking cap.
--Pastor Hout visited the Top Museum in Burlington,
Wisconsin and got to spend time with proprietor
Judith Schultz. She has been on a number of TV
shows and even in an MGM movie. The two
shared stories and top ideas and promise to work
together more in the future. She is also a lover of
history. She likes the look and stories of St. Jacob.
She is especially interested in our 200th birthday!!!
--Mable Braunschweiger is famous around here for her
friendship and hospitality. She is also famous for
being named in the Bing Crosby/Bob Hope film
“Road to Utopia”. In that movie Bing is talking about
a girl he went sleigh riding with by the name of Mable
Braunschweiger, the lady blacksmith!!!
--The Miamisburg Cross-Country team made it to the
state meet and placed 10th. They are now the
greatest team in Miamisburg history. You can see
their picture by our outdoor sign. Our very own
Jonathan Steingass was on the team that was
previously the greatest at Burg HS. He ran some
great races including one of the top XC times in
--Darleen Payne is home again. We are so happy to
report this. We are also happy to report that she
still has over 300 humorous t-shirts!!!
--We just found out that Alexis Izor (Kim Izor’s daughter
in Seattle) is on the national traveling sports team
“Rat City Roller Derby”. She has also made the
--The Plaza Theatre recently had a sold out crowd for
the movie musical “The Showman”. Our very own
Lawrence Benner was a clown for the Ringling
Brothers/Barnum and Bailey Circus and traveled the
equivalent of circling the globe seven times with the
circus. The shaker bells in our sanctuary come from
--Jim Bustillo was inducted into the Miamisburg Hall of
Fame for gymnastics. He joins fellow state champion
Tom Schultz. Pastor Hout is not in his high school Hall
of fame but he did make Capital University’s Hall of
Fame in track and field.
--Did you know a number of people in our parish have
patents? Jim DeYoung has one! Steve Schultz has
two!! Kim Izor has plaques on the wall of his house
from his four patents!!!!
--Four people from our parish worked on the "Manhattan
project" (for the first nuclear bomb). Mary Alice Greb,
Art Vollmer, Bob Greb and Bob Shiffer. Some have
said Bob worked on the "switch" but others more
accurately have called it "a proximity fuse".
--Matt Muncy holds the Miamisburg High School record
for rushing yards in one game and for a career. He
played four years as a linebacker at Ohio University
where he was named on the All American team at the
linebacker postion. He also played in the pros for the
Bengals and the Titans.
--After nearly five decades, Steve Schultz still holds the
Miamisburg school record for interceptions in one
--Betty Daily once won the poetry prize in a local
magazine for 14 months in a row.
--Dale Schram was in the Miamisburg High School band
--Sidney Wagner once played the pipe organ in worship
for 25 years without missing a Sunday.
--Mary Ellen Wagner and Sidney Wagner had perfect
attendance in Sunday School for over 40 years.
--Stephen Steingass holds the school record at
Miamisburg for the 2,000 meter steeplechase.
--Randy Hardin won his town yo-yo competition in
Iowa. He then went to three other towns and won
those battles before barely losing a fifth competition.