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Fannie Wells Norris

Fannie Kimball Norris (1852 to 1937)

Section 25, Block 4, Lots 1, 3, 4 and 5
The only child of wealthy businessman, Daniel Wells, Jr., she was active in philanthropy, civic groups and education throughout her life. Miss Wells married Charles W. Norris of the G.D. Norris Company, ship chandler. [...]

John B Dousman

John Barrick Dousman (1807 to 1868)

Section 19, Block 21, Lot 9
Dr. Dousman was a leader in organizing the state’s earliest medical associations. He lived on a farm in the Layton Park area. Four brothers were prominent in Milwaukee’s early development. Ventures included fur trading, lumber, real estate, grain [...]

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Alfred Lunt (1892 to 1977) & Lynn Fontane (1897 to 1983)

Section 33, Lot 42
They first starred together in the 1924 New York Theater Guild production of The Guardsman. After this triumph, the Lunts went on to appear for four decades in a continuous and full repertoire of plays that carried them to international [...]

Ezekiel Gillespie

Ezekiel Gillespie (1818 to 1892)

Section 31, Block 12, Lot 5
An important figure in Milwaukee’s black community, Gillespie first opened a grocery store. He then worked for Alexander Mitchell, first in banking, followed by nearly 30 years at the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad. Denied the right [...]

Edward D Holton

Edward D. Holton (1815 to 1892)

Section 27, block 10, Lots 3 and 4
One of the city’s leading businessmen, Holton was involved in retailing, land speculation, railroads, banking and insurance. He was very active in abolitionist causes and helped organize the Wisconsin Liberty Party in 1842 and the Republican [...]

William E Smith

William E. Smith (1824 to 1883)

Section 9, Lot 81-1/3
Smith helped found the wholesale grocery business of Smith, Roundy & Company. He served as a state senator, treasurer and in the Assembly. During two terms as governor from 1878 to 1882, he devoted his energies to promoting the state’s [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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