Historical People

Valentin Blatz

Valentin Blatz (1826 to 1894)

Section 37, Lot 19
Blatz purchased a brewery and later expanded the buildings until they covered more than four city blocks. In 1874, he produced Milwaukee’s first bottled beer. The company was incorporated in 1889 as the Valentin Blatz Brewing Company. Blatz was also [...]

Francis McGovern

Francis Edward McGovern (1866 to 1946)

Section 46, Block 19, Lot 7
McGovern gained statewide fame as Milwaukee County’s crusading district attorney from 1905 to 1909. In 1910, he was elected to the first of two terms as governor. Much of his progressive agenda, including workmen’s compensation and regulation of [...]

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 [...]

John Plankinton

John Plankinton (1820 to 1891)

Section 27, Block 3, Lots 1 and 2
Upon arriving in Milwaukee, Plankinton opened a meat market which was immediately successful. He progressed to a meat packing operation, handling both beef and pork. In a succession of partnerships with Frederick Layton, Philip Armour and [...]


Alonzo Richard Cudworth (1898 to 1918)

Section 47, Block 19, Lot 8
Son of a prominent dentist, Cudworth enlisted in the Army in 1917 as part of the 32nd Red Arrow Division. On the fourth day of battle in France during WWI, Cudworth and two companions were killed when a [...]

James S Buck

James Smith Buck (1812 to 1892)

Section 10, Block 49, Lot 4
For 19 years, Buck was a building contractor, erecting many of the city’s earliest structures. He is best known for his writings on early Milwaukee history. From 1876 to 1886, he published a four-volume History of Milwaukee, filled [...]

Alexander Mitchell

Alexander Mitchell (1817 to 1887)

Section 32, Block 19, Lots 3 – 6
Mitchell was early Milwaukee’s most prominent financier and railroad executive. His banking interests later became known as the Marine Corporation. After taking over the bankrupt Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, he expanded the line to more [...]

Charles King

Charles King (1844 to 1933)

Section 19, Block 3, Lot 6
Son of Rufus King, Charles had an extensive career in the U.S. military. Later, he was active in the National Guard and served as aide de camp to governors Jeremiah Rusk and William Hoard. King was a popular [...]

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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