Historical People

George Burnham

George Burnham (1816 to 1889)

Section 9, Block 77, Lot 1
Burnham and brother Jonathan manufactured bricks. The light-colored clay along Lake Michigan’s shore made his firm famous for “Cream City” bricks. By 1881, what became the world’s largest brickyard employed 200 men and produced 15 million bricks annually.

William E Cramer

William E. Cramer (1817 to 1905)

Section 37, Lot 7
Cramer built The Evening Wisconsin into one of the region’s leading newspapers. Although he had lost both his eyesight and hearing before age 20 due to scarlet fever, Cramer edited the newspaper for over half a century. At the age [...]

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 [...]


Henry L. Palmer (1819 to 1909)

Section 15, Block 8, Lot 6
Starting in the state assembly, Palmer was an influential politician later serving as a state senator, Milwaukee County judge and president of the Milwaukee School Board. When the Wisconsin Mutual Life Insurance Company of Janesville was moved to [...]

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 [...]


Bruno Victor Nordberg (1858 to 1924)

Section 33, Lot 185
Born in Finland, he founded his own company to produce a patented automatic governor. The company also manufactured steam engines, pumps, hoists and compressors. His reputation as both an inventor and manufacturer grew with the success of the company. Today, [...]

Lynde Bradley

Lynde Bradley (1878 to 1942)

Section 19, Block 19, Lots 3 and 4
As a teenager, Bradley conducted electrical experiments in the basement of the family home. He developed an electrical motor controller. One of his first customers, Dr. Stanton Allen, offered financial backing for additional testing and manufacturing. [...]

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 [...]

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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