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George Walker

George H. Walker (1811 to 1866)

Section 31, Block 9, Lot 3
In 1834, he settled south of the Milwaukee River in the area known as Walker’s Point. Walker is one of the city’s three founding fathers. His ventures in real estate eventually involved local and statewide railways. Walker was [...]

Frederick Layton

Frederick Layton (1827 to 1919)

Section 9, Block 76, Lot 2
After starting a meat market with his father, he went into partnership with John Plankinton to package beef and pork. Layton became widely known for philanthropy. An avid art collector, he donated the Layton Art Gallery and most [...]

Fred Usinger

Fred Usinger (1860 to 1930)

Section 6, Block 1, Lot 2
Milwaukee’s most famous “Wurstmacher”, Usinger immigrated from Germany in 1881 with his Old World sausage recipes. Within a year, he purchased the interests of his original employers, married their niece and began to manufacture the now famous Usinger [...]

Zachariah Saveland

Zachariah Saveland (1828 to 1880)

Section 16, Block 5, Lot 1
Saveland was the oldest of six sons who, like their father, became ship captains on the Great Lakes. He was owner or part owner of four sailing vessels. In 1871, he gave up sailing and operated a marine [...]

Susan Stuart Frackelton (1848 to 1932)

Section 10, Block 48, Lot 4
She began as a landscape artist, but soon began to experiment with molding and coloring the local clay. Goodrich’s ceramic work and original china painting techniques won international acclaim including nine awards at the 1893 World’s Fair. She [...]

Thomas R. Bentley

Thomas R. Bentley (1848 to 1910)

Section 8, Block 2, Lots 3 and 8
In the early 1870’s, Bentley joined the family’s building construction firm which was started the year he was born. Among the many projects completed under his supervision were the library at the University of Wisconsin, the [...]

Abner Kirby

Abner Kirby (1818 to 1893)

Section 32, Block 2, Lots 3 and 4
Trained in jewelry and watchmaking, Kirby served as U.S. postmaster in the late 1840s. He operated the Kirby Hotel at Mason and Water. He found additional success with saw mills, lumber yards, shipping vessels and agricultural [...]

Peter Engelmann

Peter Englemann (1835 to 1927)

Section 23, Block 29, Lots 1 and 3
Arriving in Milwaukee in 1851, Englemann became principal of the German-English Academy. He opened the first kindergarten and launched instruction in singing, dancing and gymnastics. The collections of his natural history museum were transferred to the [...]

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Guiding Your Own Tour

With this guide, you can choose how to take your tour. The map on the back of this page contains a driving tour (indicated by green directional arrows) which will allow you to view many sites (indicated by small green numbers) from your car. Sites not visible from the road are indicated by black letters and are easily walked to after you park your car along the side of the road. If you’re ambitious, walking is a great way to enjoy the entire tour or to take in parts of it during several visits.

With some exceptions, grave locations are typically designated in this guide by section, block and lot. On the map, section numbers (in green squares) are placed approximately in the middle of each section. Tall, numbered signs throughout the grounds identify each section. In addition to the complete tour, this guide includes nine shorter tours such as Milwaukee’s mayors and Wisconsin’s governors. Each grave location is shown on the map in suggested tour sequence.

Let’s Begin

From the Halls of History, proceed southwest into the cemetery and start at Section 16. If you’re driving, always park to the side of the road.

If you don’t have time to make the complete tour during your initial visit, you’re certainly welcome to return as many times as you wish. For your convenience, nine short tours follow. They serve as a guide to grave sites that may particularly interest you. The following lists do not include everyone buried at Forest Home Cemetery in each category. Candidates were selected for these lists based on the available biographies. Any suggestions for the next edition of this tour guide would be appreciated. If you have any questions or need assistance finding a grave site, don’t hesitate to ask any member of the Forest Home Cemetery staff. The nine specialty tours are:

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Milwaukee Mayors
2. Horace Chase
B. George Wilbur Peck
12. Thomas Hoyt Brown
18. William Pitt Lynde
L. Emil Wallber
24. George H. Walker
25. Hans Crocker
27. Byron Kilbourn
31. Abner Kirby
Q. John Maxwell Stowell
37. Ammi R. Butler
41. Harrison Ludington
AA. Sherburn M. Becker
62. Don Alonzo Joshua Upham
HH. Gerhard Adolph Bading

Wisconsin Governors
B. George Wilbur Peck
F. William E. Smith
41. Harrison Ludington
W. Francis Edward McGovern
FF. Emanual Lorenz Philipp

Pioneering Women
7. Mathilde F. Anneke
G. Louise Phelps Kellogg
14. Susan Stuart Frackelton
16. Meta Schlichting
21. Fannie Kimball Norris
S. Beulah Tobey Brinton

Black Leaders
26. Ezekiel Gillespie
T. William T. Green
Y. John Jordan Miles

Early Educators
D. George Brosius
M. Peter Englemann
P. George Williams Peckham
EE. Oscar Werwath

Leading Physicians
K. John Barrick Dousman
44. William Henry Earles
51. Louis Frederick Frank

Military Heros
A. John Converse Starkweather
46. William Mitchell
X. Alonzo Richard Cudworth

Milwaukee’s Beer Barons
5. Jacob Best
6. August Krug
55. August Uihlein
56. Joseph Schlitz
57. Valentin Blatz
59. Frederick Pabst

Powerful Industrialists
C. Henry Harnischfeger
17. Lynde Bradley
50. Bruno Victor Nordberg
Z. Arthur Oliver Smith
CC. Otto Herbert Falk
52. Edward P. Allis