Historical People

George W. Peck

George Wilbur Peck (1840 to 1916)

Section 6, Block 1, Lot 7
As a newspaper editor, Peck became famous for his “Peck’s Bad Boy” series which was also published in book form. In 1890, Peck was [...]

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 [...]

Edward Ferguson

Edward Ferguson (1843 to 1901)

Section 25, Block 4, Lot 6
As a result of Civil War wounds, Ferguson had a leg amputated below the knee. He was appointed secretary of the local National [...]


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 [...]


Frederick Pabst (1836 to 1904)

Section 40, Lot 16
Working as a Great Lakes steamer captain, Pabst met the prominent Milwaukee brewer Phillip Best. He married Best’s daughter and invested his savings in the [...]

Samuel S Daggett

Samuel Daggett (1812 to 1868)

Section 32, Block 17, Lot 7
Upon arriving in Milwaukee, he opened a general merchandise store and moved into insurance. As president of a local insurer, he proposed the [...]

Byron Kilbourn

Byron Kilbourn (1801 to 1870)

Section 24, Block 8, Lot 12
One of Milwaukee’s three founders, Kilbourn made major land purchases on the west bank of the Milwaukee River. Kilbourntown was established as a [...]

Ammi RR Butler

Ammi R. Butler (1821 to 1901)

Section 27, Block 18, Lots 3 and 4
After establishing a successful law practice, Butler was elected Milwaukee County’s first district attorney in 1848. Returning to private practice, he [...]

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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