Historical People

Marvin H. Creager

Marvin H. Creager (1882 to 1954)

Section 9, Lot 50
Creager was best known as managing editor of The Milwaukee Journal from 1920 to 1938, whereupon he became the newspaper’s president. He stressed writing style and local news coverage. He was involved in launching The Journal’s employee stock ownership plan.

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 [...]

Henry Harnischfeger

Henry Harnischfeger (1855 to 1930)

Section 9, Lot 19
Arriving in the U.S. as an apprentice locksmith, one of his early jobs was with the Singer Sewing Machine Company. He came to Milwaukee to be a foreman for the Whitehall Sewing Machine Company. He and Alonzo Pawling started a [...]

William A. Davidson

William A. Davidson (1871 to 1937)

Section 38, Lot 41
Davidson, his two brothers and William Harley developed an improved motorcycle working in a wooden shed at the rear of the Davidson home. Three models were made during the first year. By 1907, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company produced 150 cycles. [...]


August Uihlein (1842 to 1911)

Section 36, Lot 35
Uihlein and his five brothers worked for the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company. Nephews of August Krug, the brewery’s founder, the Uihlein brothers assumed control when Schlitz died and gained complete ownership after the death of Mrs. Anna Schlitz. Uihlein guided [...]

Henry Vianden

Henry Vianden (1814 to 1899)

Section 46, Block 35, Lot 22
Vianden raised farm produce in the Layton Park area while becoming one of the state’s leading artists. His early work included portraits and figure studies. Later, he devoted himself to portraits. His greatest contributions were made through private [...]

Louis F. Frank

Louis Frederick Frank (1887 to 1918)

Section 33, Lot 297
Frank is credited with introducing the use of X-ray technology in treating skin disorders. He published the Medical History of Milwaukee, 1834-1914. Music was Frank’s deepest interest. His home on Wisconsin Avenue included a two-story music room with a pipe [...]


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 [...]

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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