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Matthew H Carpenter

Decatur Merritt Hammond Carpenter (1824 to 1881)

Section 35, Lot 38
Later known as Matthew Hale Carpenter, he was first elected to the U.S. Senate by the Wisconsin legislature in 1869. He returned to the Senate [...]

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 [...]

Edward P Allis

Edward P. Allis (1824 to 1889)

Section 36, Lots 11 and 12
Starting with the purchase of a bankrupt business, Allis emerged as Wisconsin’s leading industrialist. His company supplied water pipes and pumping engines for [...]

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 [...]

George Brumder (1839 to 1910)

George Brumder, 1839 to 1910
Section 33, Lots 31 and 32
From operating a small book store, he expanded into bookbinding, publishing and printing, mostly German church books. [...]

Jonathan E Arnold

Jonathan E. Arnold (1814 to 1869)

Section 31, Block 1, Lot 9
Arnold was known as an excellent criminal lawyer. He was the first in the state to successfully utilize a plea of temporary insanity. [...]

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 [...]

Christian Wahl

Christian Wahl (1829 to 1901)

Section 40, Lot 24
Wahl took a special interest in the development of city parks. In 1889, he joined a group of prominent Milwaukeeans who successfully lobbied for passage [...]

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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