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Joseph-Schlitz

Joseph Schlitz (1831 to 1875)

Section 36, Lot 1 (Memorialized Only)
Upon coming to Milwaukee in 1855, Schlitz worked in the brewery of August Krug. When Krug died, Schlitz took over management of the brewery for Krug’s widow, Anna Marie whom he married. After a new brewery was built [...]

John Starkweather

John Converse Starkweather (1830 to 1890)

Section 8, Block 7, Lot 9
During the Civil War, Starkweather was a colonel with the 1st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He served in other military capacities including Post Commander at several sites in Tennessee and Alabama. After 1865, he engaged in stock farming near [...]

Ammi RR Butler

Ammi R. Butler (1821 to 1901)

Section 27, Block 18, Lots 3 and 4
After establishing a successful law practice, Butler was elected Milwaukee County’s first district attorney in 1848. Returning to private practice, he became a successful trial lawyer and amassed a sizable fortune. Drafted out of retirement in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

John-Pritzlaff

John Pritzlaff (1820 to 1900)

Section 35, Lot 8
Hardware merchant John Pritzlaff learned the business from the retail side. This experience served him well as he developed a wholesale business. The John Pritzlaff Hardware Company became one of the leading hardware wholesalers in the Midwest.

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. [...]

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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