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                                                            downtown section of Miamisburg, Ohio


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Current News


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This is quite a congregation with a lot of fascinating people
who have really fascinating stories.  We are in our 200th
anniversary year and keep finding more and more amazing
stories of this place.  We will keep highlighting some of this
information in Sunday morning worship.....

--We will soon be highlighting Pastor Starkey.  At our big
   200th celebration at the end of August we were able to
   meet Jane Kruse (Benner).  She has a great connection
   with Pastor Starkey.  Due to illness and not being able to
   get to worship services, he baptized her in her backyard
   at the pump!!!

--We recently read about the anniversary of John Dillinger
   being shot outside a movie theater in Chicago.  It was July
   22nd in 1934.  As we sat there at Ron’s Pizza for Lunch
   Bunch, Pastor Hout asked Paul T. Schultz if he remembered
   Dillinger getting shot (Paul would have been 8 at the time).
   “Why sure” he said.  We didn’t have TV at the time but it was
   in the papers and the newsreels at the movies.  Everyone
   was talking about it.” 

--Not many teams from Miamisburg High School have ever
   been first in the state.  The 2021 championship softball
   team can clam that honor.  The starting catcher from that
   team was baptized at St. Jacob and also went to our day
   camp.  Congratulations to Kamryn Brooks for a great season
   and a great place in the history of St. Jacob.  Amazingly, she
   did it all in the 200th anniversary of this congregation.  She
   just had a great graduation party.  She will be going to Centre
   College in Kentucky.

--It took over a year, but we finally were able to have the
   memorial service for Loueda Schultz.  We have been waiting
   so we could safely have it.  Loueda had a lot of great stories
   about her father but one of her favorites was how he lived in
   West Carrollton and skated down the frozen Miami River to
   visit his girlfriend in Franklin!!!  It must have made quite an
   impression on her as she eventually became his wife - and
   Loueda’s mom.

--On Memorial Day weekend we remembered 14 people
    from St. Jacob who died in service to our country.  We
    believe there are more and we are investigating that!!!

--We recently highlighted the fourteen people in the
    congregation who have gone on to become ministers
    of word and sacrament.  It is quite a list but Pastor 
    Hout’s favorite is Herbert Hamburger.

-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
   Miamisburg history!!!

--The 1913 flood was March 25th.  We have heard a lot of great
   flood stories but we are still collecting more.  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
   Miamisburg history.

--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
   all-star squad.

--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
   his estate.

--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
   10 years.

--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.



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