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Biography of Julius Thamer Muench

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Julius Thamer Muench, attorney-at-law in St. Louis practicing as a member of the firm of Walther, Muench & Hecker, was born in St. Louis August 11, 1875, the son of Hugo Muench, a native of Warren county, Missouri, and Eugenie Thamer Muench, a native of St. Louis. On his father’s side he is a grandson of Friedrich Muench, a native of Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, one of the early pioneers and a precursor of the large number of university men who came to this country after the German Revolution of 1848.

The subject of this sketch received his early education in the grammar schools and the old Central high school of St. Louis. Following his graduation from there in 1892, he attended Washington University for three years, then spent a year in the Law Department of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, and was graduated from the St. Louis Law School with the degree of LL. B. in 1897. He practiced alone for a time and in 1901 formed a partnership with Mr. Lambert E. Walther, under the firm name of Walther & Muench, which, following his father’s return from Saxony, where he had been United States Consul, in 1905, became Muench, Walther & Muench, with the father as senior member. He later again practiced alone for about four years, while his father was on the circuit bench and his partner, Mr. Walther, was city counselor and, after the expiration of their respective terms of office, again went into partnership under the original name of Muench, Walther & Muench, which continued until the end of 1920, when Judge Muench retired from active practice and the new firm was formed by admitting into it Mr. Harold F. Hecker.

Mr. Muench was married June 18, 1898, to Miss Elsa von Starkloff, a native of St. Louis, the daughter of Hugo Max von Starkloff and Emma C. (Kuhlmann) von Starkloff. One son, Max Starkloff Muench, was born of this marriage, on March 10, 1899. He is with the St. Louis office of -the Southern Surety Company. Mrs. Muench died May 31, 1918.

Julius T. Muench has won for himself a creditable position at the St. Louis bar.


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