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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 [...]

Christopher L Sholes

Christopher L. Sholes (1819 to 1890)

Section 10, Block 18, Lot 3
Best known as the inventor of the typewriter, Sholes was active in newspaper publishing and politics. He was Milwaukee postmaster during the Civil [...]

Gen. William Mitchell

General William Mitchell (1879 to 1936)

Section 32, Block 19, Lot 6
A strong believer in air power as the key to national defense, William “Billy” Mitchell rose to the rank of general in the [...]

Sherburn-M.-Becker

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 [...]

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 [...]

Henry-L-Palmer

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 [...]

Oscar Werwath

Oscar Werwath (1880 to 1948)

Section 37, Lot 230
Long-time president and founder of the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1905, Werwath achieved international recognition. He offered day and evening classes starting in 1910 [...]

Bruno-V.-Nordberg

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 [...]

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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