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Collection Thalhimer Family Papers
Object Name Collection
Catalog Number RG-188
Dates of Creation 2002 - 2010
Extent of Description 0.2 linear foot (1 box)
Admin/Biographical History William Thalhimer immigrated to the United States from Germany in the 1840s. He settled in Richmond, Virginia and in 1842 opened a store in the city. In 1845 William married Marry Millhiser, and together the couple worked to build the Thalhimer store. Two of William and Mary's sons, Isaac and Moses Thalhimer, took over the company as William's health declined.

After William's death, Isaac became president of the company. Isaac's son, William B. Thalhimer, joined the family business in 1905. He later became legal partners with Isaac in 1917. William B. Thalhimer was also very involved in the community. He worked alongside his cousin, Morton G. Thalhimer, to purchase and establish Hyde Farmlands. The farm, located in Burkeville, Virginia, helped Jews emigrate out of Europe to the safety of the farm, where students could work and gain agricultural training. Hyde Farmlands was open from 1939 to 1941.

Like his father, William B. Thalhimer Jr., entered the family business in his youth and eventually became the CEO of the company. Under his direction, Thalhimer Brothers expanded out of the state and merged with another retailer. This retailer, however, eventually sold and merged the Thalhimer chain, ultimately disbanding the company in 1992.
Copyrights No restrictions on use.
Language of Material English
Scope & Content The Thalhimer Family Papers consist of photographs, documents, and articles. Photographs depict Morton G. Thalhimer as well as William B. Thalhimer Sr. and his family. Included with these photographs is also a copy of an immigration affidavit of support given by William B. Thalhimer Sr. Articles provide information on the Thalhimer legacy, focusing on William B. Thalhimer's work with Hyde Farmlands. These materials also include a digital recording related to a book being written on the Thalhimers and Hyde Farmlands.
Subjects Richmond, Virginia
Selzen, Germany
New York City, New York
Thalhimer Brother Inc.
Hyde Farmlands
Hyde Park Farm
Gross Breesen
Auschwitz (concentration camp)