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Helping kids get to school: Keith Miller

Keith Miller
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Keith Miller was born and raised on a farm near Taintor, Iowa.  He attended country school where he completed the 8th grade.  The nearest high school was located 6 miles away in New Sharon which he attended from 1935-1939.  The last two years of high school Keith drove the Taintor kids to and from school every day in his personal vehicle.  He also drove his teammates to and from high school football and basketball games his junior and senior years.

Keith began driving school bus for the New Sharon Community School District in 1948, driving morning and evening routes.  He drove for four years before pursuing other areas of interest.  He returned to driving school bus in 1956, driving a regular route until he retired in 1996. His route was 38 miles long picking up 50 plus kids every day.  Keith drove for extra-curricular activities for 25 years.

Keith only missed 5 days of driving in his 44 years of service to the school district known as North Mahaska CSD since 1958.  He was a careful driver, never having an accident while driving the school bus.  Keith has many fond memories of the different families he transported to school.  Many former riders still stop and reminisce “old times” with Keith.

TM Museum Executive Director Chuck Brooke (L) and Board President Gerry Schnepf (R) presented Keith his award.
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