Historical People

Charles F. Pfister

Charles Frederick Pfister (1859 to 1927)

Section 33, Lots 82 and 83
Son of Guido, Charles Pfister became president of Pfister & Vogel. Expanding far beyond leather, his business interests included the street railway system, banking and insurance. He financed construction of the Pfister Hotel which opened in 1893 at [...]

Don AJ Upham

Don Alonzo Joshua Upham (1809 to 1877)

Lawn Place, Lot 36
While building an extensive law practice, Upham became very active in local and state politics. In 1846, he served as president of the first State Constitutional Convention in Madison. His two terms as mayor were marked by disturbances resulting from [...]


Frederick Vogel (1823 to 1892)

Section 36, Lot 25
In 1848, Vogel built a small tannery on the banks of the Menomonee River. He sold his leather through Guido Pfister’s store. In 1853, they became partners in the Pfister & Vogel Leather Company. By WWI, it was ranked as [...]

Gerry Hazelton

Gerry Whiting Hazelton (1829 to 1920)

Section 33, Lot 286
Active in state and local politics, Hazelton was a state senator, a county district attorney and collector of internal revenue. He served two terms in Congress and was appointed U.S. Attorney for Wisconsin’s Eastern District. He also served as U.S. [...]

Victor L. Berger

Victor L. Berger (1860 to 1929)

Section 25, Block 5, Lot 3
Berger was a founder of the Socialist Democratic Party. As a newspaper editor, he was instrumental in focusing attention on Socialist causes. Berger was the first Socialist elected to the U.S. Congress. During WWI, he and four others [...]

Valentin Blatz

Valentin Blatz (1826 to 1894)

Section 37, Lot 19
Blatz purchased a brewery and later expanded the buildings until they covered more than four city blocks. In 1874, he produced Milwaukee’s first bottled beer. The company was incorporated in 1889 as the Valentin Blatz Brewing Company. Blatz was also [...]

August Krug (1815 to 1856)

Section 8, Block 9, Lot 12
Krug started a restaurant and later added a small brewery. In 1850, his father came to visit, surviving a shipwreck on the way. The father managed to save himself, Krug’s eight-year-old nephew August Uihlein and $800. The money [...]

Theobald Otjen

Theobald Otjen (1851 to 1924)

Section 34, Block 3, Lot 2
While holding many local political offices, Otjen continued his law practice for almost 50 years. He was elected to Congress in 1894 and served six consecutive terms until 1907. He introduced a bill to establish a Naval training [...]

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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