SOME ST. JACOB TRIVIA ABOUT OUR PEOPLE
St. Jacob Lutheran is quite an amazing place in a
truly amazing city. Just ask the Japanese national
spin top champion who was here in August. He loved
hearing some of the many stories we have to tell.
If you have not looked at this list, you will soon be
amazed. So so so many interesting things have
happened to our people!!!
-Have you heard about the new Napoleon movie? It is
now out in the theaters. Pastor Hout has not seen it
but looks forward to checking it out since our first
full time pastor at St. Jacob fought in Napoleon’s
army in the battle of Waterloo!!!
-We are still smiling about August 13th. It was the birthday
of a man by the name of George “Hobby” Kinderdine.
He was a good St. Jacob member and also kicked the
first extra point in the NFL. Pretty amazing, don’t you
think? Some of his family was in worship for the big
day and they brought some of his old jerseys. It was
terrific to KOFK....“kick one for Kinderdine.” What a
great day!!! On October 3rd we celebrated the 123rd
anniversary of the first NFL game. And recently we have
been able to see the new movie documentary about the
Dayton Triangles and the first NFL game. We love the
Triangle medal from 1920 that was given to George.
-The Reds surprised everyone with their improvement
over last year. It is an exciting time to be a Cincinnati
Reds fan. At one point, they shot up the standings and
went from last to first!!! Amazingly, two of the pitchers
on the squad played for the Dayton Dragons and lived
in our neighborhood. Their names are Daniel Duarte
and Fernando Cruz.
--Our softball team is the 2023 regular season champs
and tournament champs. We have had regular
season champs before but never tournament winners.
We are a happy bunch but we sure wish we could
figure out the year of our championship back in the
late 70’s. We think it is 1978 or 1979.
--We have been talking a lot about Sidney Wagner’s
uncle Kip. Turns out he was a famous treasure hunter.
In fact, some have called him the greatest treasure
hunter ever. He was instrumental in recovering the
gold coins from the 1715 treasure fleet. Look it up
on Wikipedia. It is quite a story. She shared many
details about the story at our recent Lunch Bunch
--Pastor Hout recently met a young man at the gym.
His last name was Zink. Hout shared the following
story which the young man did not know. It is hard to
imagine the Miami River freezing. Yet, there was a time
when this was a regular occurence. 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. He later married here and
that was Loueda’s mom!!! Pastor Hout’s new friend
thought carefully and finally said “That’s my great
--When telling the skating story to others 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.
--Congratulations to Megan Davis who was inducted
into the Miamisburg athletic Hall of Fame. She joins
other athletic greats like St. Jacob’s Matt Muncy.
Her school records are still intact and she still
reigns as the greatest swimmer in Miamisburg
history with the only District championship and the
highest placing ever at the state meet (4th).
--Big congrats to the Roush trio. They received a 1
in their last music competition with their violins
and cello. They have helped us in worship so
much over the years. Katie is now off to the windy
city and is studying at the Chicago Art Institute.
Sophie has an Air Force scholarship and is at
Auburn. You might have seen her on TV at the
last football game. She was a flag bearer. Lizzie
is busy, also, and has our adult choir together for
another year of anthems. We are happy to report
that she recently won a scholarship to Wright State
University’s music program.
--Sadly, we had to say goodbye to our very good
friend Dick Church. His funeral was at St. Jacob
and our sanctuary was packed. He was our
city’s mayor for seven terms and that is the most
in Miamisburg history. There were a number of fine
articles in the paper and tributes to him. He led an
amazing life and truly loved St. Jacob. Our prayers
are with all his family and friends.
--Have you heard about the Miamisburg marching
band? They are doing a fabulous job winning
competitions all over the place. The band features
one of our trumpet players - Emmy Schultz. They
even competed in the big national competition in
Indianapolis. Even better yet, they won a world
championship. Now in 2023 Emmy is one of the
field commanders and is doing a great job.
--Our very own Jason Bruns came away with the
half marathon gold medal at the giant Air Force
competition. He got his picture in the paper and
a nice article. Amazingly, though, they found that
there was a mistake at the finish and he really
finished second. He had to return his gold medal
for a silver one, but they can’t take the picture
and the newspaper article back. He is still number
one with us!!!
--The recent exciting news is we have discovered
our Hobby (George) Kinderdine played against
Olympic gold medalist and Hall of Fame football
player Jim Thorpe. We found a clipping from
the local paper with a list of the starting players
for a game in 1921 and there they are!!! We
also found out where he lived on north First St.
Wonder if Hobby got a chance to tackle Mr. Thorpe?
Now that the NFL season is here there will be
lots of talk about who is the first to kick an extra
point in the NFL.
--Bill Jackle has been in therapy lately at Kingston.
During that time we found out that he not only
played the trombone in a group that traveled the
world, but he also has a patent. Way to go, Bill!!!
--Have you heard of Babe Ruth’s last three hits
in the major leagues? They were all home runs
and they were all at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.
It is a legendary game. Get this!!! We just
found out that Tom Ross (who was baptized and
confirmed at St. Jacob) was at that game. He
lived in the red house across the street. Paul
T. Schultz is heading to Annapolis for Tom’s
memorial service in September. They will most
assuredly be talking about that famous baseball
game in Pittsburgh, among other things.
--Narciso Crook is not a member but he visited here
a few years ago on Easter Sunday. He has moved up
in the minor league system and was eventually traded
to the Chicago Cubs. Can you believe he made it to
play right field for the Cubs? Can you believe we had
a Cub player at St. Jacob? We are so excited for him.
--We had a big 100th birthday celebration for Dale
Schram. He was very very thankful and gave us
all a treat as he sang a song for us, even better
than George Burns on his 100th.
--Little Hazel Bruns looked beautiful in her dancing
outfit. She was in the recent Spring Fest parade
and also did a dancing number on the Riverfront
stage. It brought back memories of other dancers
from St. Jacob like Elaine Astor who danced all
the way to several regional and national
championships with Vicky Jo.
--Charlotte and Louie Cluxton came into church
recently and told the story about their grand-
daughter winning a big bicycle race in Texas that
earned her a spot in the Tour de France!!!
--There were two people in the history of St. Jacob
who played piano for the local theater before the
movies and during the silent films. Lots of stories
are told about the keyboard work of Art Sharrits and
Eva Schram. Pastor Hout has been trying to keep
the tradition alive and plays the piano before some
movies at the Plaza Theatre.
--How about this story? The quarterback of the Super
Bowl Bengals is a guy by the name of Joe Burrow.
Everyone is talking about him now, especially our
Matt Muncy. Joe’s dad was the defensive coach
for Ohio University when Matt was playing there.
Of course, he often brought his son to practice.
So, amazingly, Matt Muncy and Joe Burrow are
friends from way back when. How about that!!!
--How great it is to find out that we have even more
members with patents. We now know that Rob
Stirling and Bill Jackle have patents. Andy Schultz
also has one. That brings the St. Jacob total to ten
as Jim DeYoung has one, Steve Schultz has two and
Kim Izor has plaques on the wall of his house from his
--Pastor Starkey was our eighth pastor. 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 their backyard at
--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.” He also remembers when Prohibition
--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. At her
graduation party and it was great to see all her trophies and
--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
--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
windows? Of course, we also had five feet of water in our
--Steve Stocker is a very active member. 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. Thankfully, Mr. Stocker was a great
Ohio State fan. Steve is not.
--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 have exciting plans for
the future of this traveling circus.
--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 had some of his albums on the wall of her
--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.
--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. We recently found out some
some other interesting information. Hobby had two
younger brothers and guess what? They also played
with the Triangles. Maybe they did not play 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 in the NFL draft there was an article in
the paper about Miamisburg players in the league. 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.
--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, the future NBA star. He
was in his freshman year at Kansas.
--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. We have several booklets with his
work. Betty Daily was also a great poet and wrote a
number of poems about St. Jacob. They were both
very active member of the writers society of Miamisburg
and were 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 (on offense and defense) 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 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!!! They forgot to
mention that he was also an excellent acolyte at SJ.
--Christopher Boyd was ordained a few years ago at St.
Jacob. He now serves Resurrection Lutheran in Port
Clinton (on Catawba Island) as their pastor. He is only
the third pastor in the history of their congregation.
One pastor served 10 years and another served 40 years!
--We love all the Nick Thompson stories. Did you know
he once held the the Miamisburg school record in the 200
and 400? He also had a number of school records in football.
He still holds the record for receptions in a year and return
kickoff 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 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!!!
She was asked to be an extra. How about that?
--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.
--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 and Doug have three beautiful boys - Jackson,
Noah and Owen. We wonder if they will be unicycle riders?
--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 Elizabeth was a champion tennis player for
Miamisburg and Wright State. She even pole vaulted
for Pastor Hout when she was in High School. They
now have two little ones by the name of Hazel and
Wilbur. They look so cute in their WSU gear.
--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 seemed 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!!!
--In 2018 the Miamisburg Cross-Country team made it
to the state meet and placed 10th to become the
greatest team in Miamisburg history. On our bulletin
board 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 now living at Stoney Ridge. We are
happy to report that she is doing well and 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.
--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.