Historical People

John J. Miles

John Jordan Miles (1845 to 1926)

Section 50, Block 1, Lot 2
Born into slavery in Virginia, Miles moved to the Midwest following the Civil War. He was hired to serve as the head waiter at the newly constructed Plankinton House Hotel, a position held almost 40 years. Miles was [...]

Henry Harnischfeger

Henry Harnischfeger (1855 to 1930)

Section 9, Lot 19
Arriving in the U.S. as an apprentice locksmith, one of his early jobs was with the Singer Sewing Machine Company. He came to Milwaukee to be a foreman for the Whitehall Sewing Machine Company. He and Alonzo Pawling started a [...]

Beulah Brinton

Beulah Tobey Brinton (1835 to 1928)

Section 45, Block 9, Lot 14
Wife of Warren Brinton, Beulah became a leader in the social, cultural and educational life of Bay View. She organized the community’s first public library in her home. Classes in sewing, cooking and the English language followed. The [...]

A.O. Smith

Arthur Oliver Smith (1859 to 1913)

Section 33, Lot 194
With his father and brothers, Smith was involved in the manufacture of bicycle parts and hardware for baby carriages. He became involved in manufacturing frames for early automobiles. After Henry Ford placed an order for 10,000 frames, the A.O. Smith [...]


John Pritzlaff (1820 to 1900)

Section 35, Lot 8
Hardware merchant John Pritzlaff learned the business from the retail side. This experience served him well as he developed a wholesale business. The John Pritzlaff Hardware Company became one of the leading hardware wholesalers in the Midwest.

Mathilde Anneke

Mathilde F. Anneke (1817 to 1884)

Section 15, Block 3, Lot 2
Anneke was an outspoken advocate of equal rights for women and one of the city’s leading suffragists. With poet Amalia Von Ende, she founded the Tochter Institute, a school for girls. She devoted her life to teaching, writing [...]


Sherburn M. Becker (1877 to 1949)

Section 33, Lot 280
In a colorful, mudslinging campaign, Becker became Milwaukee’s youngest mayor at 27. His single term in office was marked by publicity stunts. He drove a red roadster emblazoned with “Boy Mayor” banners to the New York home of President Theodore [...]

Matthew H Carpenter

Decatur Merritt Hammond Carpenter (1824 to 1881)

Section 35, Lot 38
Later known as Matthew Hale Carpenter, he was first elected to the U.S. Senate by the Wisconsin legislature in 1869. He returned to the Senate in 1879. His career there was colorful and controversial, but he distinguished himself as one [...]

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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:


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