Historical People

James S Buck

James Smith Buck (1812 to 1892)

Section 10, Block 49, Lot 4
For 19 years, Buck was a building contractor, erecting many of the city’s earliest structures. He is best known for his writings on early Milwaukee history. From 1876 to 1886, he published a four-volume History of Milwaukee, filled [...]

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 [...]

Matthias Stein (1808 to 1896)

Section 8, Block 11, Lot 8
A mechanic by trade, Stein was Milwaukee’s first gunsmith. Prior to arrival here, he spent three years in Washington D.C. There, he regularly took morning walks, befriending an older gentleman who did the same. Eventually, Stein found out [...]

Harrison Ludington

Harrison Ludington (1812 to 1891)

Section 32, Land Tract 6
After starting in a general merchandising business, he went into the lumber business. Over a span of 40 years, Ludington and his partners became one of the leading lumber producers in the region. He served twice as mayor of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Alexander Mitchell

Alexander Mitchell (1817 to 1887)

Section 32, Block 19, Lots 3 – 6
Mitchell was early Milwaukee’s most prominent financier and railroad executive. His banking interests later became known as the Marine Corporation. After taking over the bankrupt Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, he expanded the line to more [...]

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. Arnold was instrumental in the organization of the Milwaukee Law Institute, predecessor to the Bar [...]

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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