For our collection items of the week I have chosen two photographs of Story City musical groups directed by Milton D. Mussehl. Milt was born in Dubuque, IA. He graduated from Dubuque High School in 1938 and from the University of Dubuque in 1942 with a degree in music. Milt served in the US Navy during WWII where he played trumpet in the Navy band aboard the US Princeton Aircraft Carrier. After the Navy, Milt taught instrumental music at Greene and Allison, IA before coming to Story City in 1948. Milt taught in Story City until 1960. While teaching in Story City, his students earned many 1st division awards at various state contests and were featured at the Iowa Bandmasters
Convention in 1959. Milt was active in the community as a member of Story City Lions Club, Story City American Legion, director of the Story City Men’s Chorus, past president of the Roland-Story School Board, and past president of the executive committee of the Iowa High School Music Association. Milt passed away this past December.
Milt’s daughters, Jean and Kris, have donated memorabilia from their dad’s career in music to the Story City Historical Society. An exhibit has been developed and includes his band director’s uniform, batons, a 1959 concert band photo, a Story City Men’s Chorus photo, and a variety of other items. This exhibit is currently on display at the Carriage House Museum located at 619 Grand Ave.
As a memorial to her father, Jean had several reproduction photos printed of the 1959 Story City High School Concert Band and of the Story City Men’s Chorus. Jean asks that any musicians who are in these photos or who are family members of these individuals, to please visit the Story City Historical Society located at 619 Grand Ave to pick up a copy.