HERE IS ST. JACOB TRIVIA ABOUT OUR PEOPLE
This is quite a congregation with a lot of fascinating people
who have fascinating stories. We are in our 200th anniversary
year and keep finding more and more amazing stories
of this place......
-Ever heard of the boat “Sultana”? It expoded on the
Mississippi and over a thousand people died. It is still the
worst maritime tragedy in U.S. history. Our very own
Zebulon Sharits was on board and Pastor Albrecht was
called on to perform his funeral. Mr. Sharits is buried out
at Hillgrove Cemetery.
--We just found out about a man by the name of Emanuel
Schultz. He lived from 1819-1912. Our former mayor Dick
Church is the one who alerted us to him. He was a member
of St. Jacob and actually was mayor of Miamisburg for 11
days. He also served as a member of the Ohio House of
Representatives and from 1881-1883 he served as a member
of the U.S. House of Representatives. He lived an amazing
life and is buried at Hill Grove Cemetery in Miamisburg.
--It looks like St. Jacob can brag about having the longest
mayor in Miamisburg history and also the shortest mayor in
--The 1913 flood was March 25th. We are very near that
anniversary and are looking for flood stories. Can you believe
we had members saved by rowboats out of the second floor
--It was good to see Steve Stocker back in worship again. Did
you know that two of our significant buildings in the downtown
are named after his great grandfather, as he was the man
who had them constructed.
--We sure have a lot of circus connections here at St. Jacob.
Of course, there is Larry Benner who was a clown with
the Ringling Circus and traveled the world. Now at our
noon service we have Kevin Sweeney who is the organizer
for the Shrine Circus that comes to our area on an annual
basis. The Masons in the area are the ones who pull all
this together and Kevin says they are looking at putting
up the giant big top tent in the parking lot at Fairfield
Commons. That sounds interesting!!!
--It has been hard on us as we think of the death of Minta
Newburg. We have lots of great memories including the
fact that she saw Elvis. Actually, she saw him twice!!!
Anne Hoskins also saw him twice. Our friend Mz. Pickles
(Carol Brassington) also reports she has seen him in
concert. She also has some of his albums on the wall
of her store.
--Fred Schmidt was in town recently and told the story of
his brother Mike and how he played the saxophone in
the high school band. That was the day when the
school had the instrument and people would borrow
them for a year. Mike was always happy to point out
that he used the same saxophone as Phyllis McGuire,
of the world famous McGuire sisters.
--It is hard to get Elaine Astor to talk about it but she was
on a number of dance groups that went to national
competitions and they came back with a lot of trophies,
even national championships.
--We have talked a lot about George “Hobby” Kinderdine
and his days of playing in the first NFL game and kicking
the first NFL extra point. Pastor Hout likes to point often
at his pew in the back on the pulpit side. We recently
found out some other interesting information. Hobby had
two younger brothers and guess what? They also played
with the Triangles. Maybe not as much as Hobby (only a
game or two) but still they were official members of
the team. Now St. Jacob can brag about having three
Triangle players baptized in our congregation. With Josh
Myers declaring for the NFL draft there was an article in
the paper about Miamisburg players in the NFL. Hobby
along with brothers Walt and Shine were listed!!!
--Have you heard of the grave dodger? The Star City
knows about him. So does Pastor Hout, who stopped
by their game room recently. They have a
large display on the wall about “the grave dodger.”
Some have even called him the “coffin dodger.” Back
in the mid 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 when that area
was a cemetery. The reburial was led by our very
own Pastor Rajala and it is amazing to see him in the
pictures along with the intricate coffin. There is even
a window in the coffin!!! The unknown man was the
first burial in Highland Cemetery in 1965.
--Looking at the Miami River this winter it is hard to believe
it ever froze. In fact, it used to freeze over so well that
people skated on it. Loueda Schultz used to love to tell
the story of her father Ralph Zink. He once skated from
West Carrollton to Franklin to visit his girlfriend Betsy, who
he later married and, of course, that was Loueda’s mom!!!
When telling this story we heard another one about Cliff
Gebhart’s dad. He was not noted for his swimming ability
but he was a great floater. He once floated all the way
from West Carrollton to Miamisburg.
--Pastor Hout always took special joy in shaking the hands of
Cliff and Wanda Gebhart. Their hands were special
because when they graduated from Otterbein University in
1947 they shook the hand of the guest speaker that day - a
man by the name of Orville Wright.
--Doug Schmidt is a new name for Pastor Hout but he was
a very active member of St. Jacob in the 50’s. He also
happened to be a star quarterback at Miamisburg HS
and went on to do very well at Ohio Wesleyan. He did
so well that he is now in the hall of fame at OWU.
--Speaking of the Schmidt family, we love the story of
Fred’s when he was out at a national Lutheran youth
gathering on the campus of the University of Kansas.
He and his friends ran across a guy who was very
very tall. It stunned them. Then they realized they
just met Wilt Chamberlain, future NBA star.
--At a recent funeral, Pastor Hout talked with the grandson
and granddaughter of Larry Fogle. He was the poet
laureate of Miamisburg and wrote a number of poems
about St. Jacob. They said they would try to find some
for us as we prepare for our 200th anniversary next year.
Betty Daily also wrote a number of poems about us. We
will try to track some of those down, too. They were
both very prolific.
--Tom Archdeacon has had several great articles in the paper
about the Dayton Triangles. He reports about how they
are working on a movie that will be made about them. Of
course, in the article was the fact that the first extra point in
NFL history was kicked by our very own Hobby Kinderdine.
He sat in the last pew on the pulpit side with the rest of the
Kinderdine family. 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!!!
--We just found a great video of Dartmouth football from
1960. Guess who is featured throughout? It is our very
own Jack Kinderdine!!! He was the son of Virginia
Kinderdine and was an acolyte many times at St.
Jacob. He is highlighted on the video as the starting
quarterback running and throwing for touchdowns. He
also is shown hitting some 60 plus yard punts. At the
end of the video he is at the library and they point out
how he set some school records in passing and also
an Ivy League record for passing!!!
--Christopher Boyd was ordained at St. Jacob back in
August. Resurrection Lutheran in Port Clinton (Catawba
Island) has called him as their pastor. He will be the
third pastor in the history of their congregation. One
pastor served 10 years and another served 40 years!!!
--We recently found out Nick Thompson not only had the
Miamisburg school record in the 200 and 400, but he also
had a number of school records in football. He still holds
the record for receptions in a year and return kickoff yards
yards in a career. He was a state qualifier in the 400
meter dash and was also the most valuable athlete at
the Jesse Owens Invitational. He was once hit so hard
he had a concussion and went to the opponent’s bench
(by accident) to sit down. Since Pastor Hout’s sons
were in the marching band at Fairmont, amazingly, he
was at that game!!!
--Matt Muncy was confirmed at St. Jacob and attended here
when he set all those high school rushing records. He is now
married to Chelsea and they have a new son, Quentin. It turns
out that the little guy has a video out there where he is climbing
the stairs and has a great play by play call by the same man
who is the announcer for the Bengals. Look up “Quentin Muncy
and stairs” in Google. We are also excited to report that
Quentin was just baptized at St. Jacob!!!
--We know you have heard some good fish stories but have
you heard a good horse story? Here is one. St. Jacob has
a connection to one of the greatest horse movies of all time.
It is the movie “Seabiscuit.” If you look closely in the stands
you will find Lacey Bastin, Shelly Macy’s oldest daughter!!!
They asked her to be an extra. We can’t wait to get this
movie and check this out.
--Pastor Hout likes to tell stories about a guy he coached
at Capital University back in the early 80’s. The young
man he coached is Eric Acton and, amazingly, he is the
husband of Dr. Amy Acton who was on the radio and TV
a lot with Gov. DeWine helping us through this pandemic.
Have you seen the Laverne and Shirley cartoon of them?
It is hilarious.
--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.
--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 with the big 200th
anniversary of St. Jacob!!!
--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.
--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 was 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 still gripes about not being
in his high school Hall of fame but he did make Capital
University 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.