Historical People

Mathilde Anneke

Mathilde F. Anneke (1817 to 1884)

Section 15, Block 3, Lot 2
Anneke was an outspoken advocate of equal rights for women and one of the city’s leading suffragists. With poet Amalia Von Ende, she founded the Tochter Institute, a school for girls. She devoted her life to teaching, writing [...]

George W. Peck

George Wilbur Peck (1840 to 1916)

Section 6, Block 1, Lot 7
As a newspaper editor, Peck became famous for his “Peck’s Bad Boy” series which was also published in book form. In 1890, Peck was elected Milwaukee mayor in April and then to his first of two terms as Wisconsin [...]

George Brosius

George Brosius (1839 to 1920)

Section 9, Lot 33
Brosius was a leader in physical education and the German social-cultural group, The Turnverein, whose principles encouraged gymnastics. He was the superintendent of physical training for Milwaukee Public Schools from 1875 to 1883. In 1875, under Brosius’ direction, the National [...]

Edward G Ryan

Edward George Ryan (1810 to 1880)

Section 31, Block 7, Lots 1 and 2
Ryan prosecuted many high-profile cases. He was appointed chief justice of the state Supreme Court in 1874. A colorful and controversial justice who frequently irritated his colleagues, he was nonetheless recognized as one of the nation’s [...]


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 red roadster emblazoned with “Boy Mayor” banners to the New York home of President Theodore [...]

Jacob Best Sr

Jacob Best (1786 to 1861)

Section 8, Block 9, Lots 13 and 14
The family settled in the Kilbourntown section of Milwaukee and set up a brewery and distillery. The brewing business grew and prospered and control was passed along to two of his sons. The business later became [...]

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 [...]

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 and arranged for local industrial firms to provide practical part-time employment. MSOE pioneered in radio [...]

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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