Date Original



This collection contains personal correspondence, military orders, and one photograph.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Thalmueller collection holds material from two brothers, Kenneth F. Thalmueller and Donald Livingston Thalmueller. Kenneth F. Thalmueller was born on April 14, 1909, to Edward L. and Ethel J. Thalmueller in Indiana. Edward worked as a fireman for the locomotive industry in Gibson, Indiana and later as an engineer in Little Rock, Arkansas. Kenneth parent’s had two children, Kenneth and Edwin, before they divorced sometime between 1920 and 1926, at which time Ethel moved to Louisville, Kentucky and married Ira S. Walkins. Kenneth moved to Kentucky with his mother and worked as a bookkeeper for a bank until he joined the Army during World War II, serving in the 4th Battalion Company N. While in the States, he was stationed at Camp Sutton in North Carolina. Kenneth died in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 29, 2003, and is buried in Resthaven Memorial Cemetery in Kentucky. His brother, Donald Livingston Thalmueller, was the son of Edward and Orda Livingston Stubblefield Thalmueller. Donald was born on August 1, 1931, in Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Central High School in 1950. He worked as an usher for the Arkansas Amusement Company in Little Rock, Arkansas, from 1950-1951, prior to joining the military. In June 1951, during the Korean War, Donald joined the United States Army as a switchboard operator and then worked as a field wireman. While a switchboard operator, he supervised the training of Okinawans, Japan's largest minority group, in the operation of telephone service and switchboards. As a field wireman, Donald spliced and installed wiring for telephones, lights, and switchboards. He was in the service for two years, 1951-1953, of which five months was spent overseas. Donald passed away on December 30, 1981, and is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; North Carolina





Resource Type



Thalmueller collection, MS.000701


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Thalmueller collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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