Henry Thalmann came to New Trier Township
from Prussia as a child, and joined up in 1861.
Wounded in September, 1862, and sent home, he
would serve as the first postmaster of the Village
of Gross Point. In later life he received a disability
pension because of his war injuries. When he
died in an old soldier’s home in Milwaukee in
1900, his body was brought home to be interred
at St. Joseph’s cemetery. The Thalmann family are
the longtime owners of Wlmette’s Chalet nursery.
Narrative courtesy of the staff of the Wilmette Historical Museum