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John M Stowell

John Maxwell Stowell (1824 to 1907)

Section 27, Block 9, Lot 4
After establishing a small machine shop for the manufacture of circular saws, Stowell and Delos Filer built a successful sawmill machinery company. Active in politics, particularly the temperance movement, Stowell was elected to mayor in 1882. During his [...]

Edward D Holton

Edward D. Holton (1815 to 1892)

Section 27, block 10, Lots 3 and 4
One of the city’s leading businessmen, Holton was involved in retailing, land speculation, railroads, banking and insurance. He was very active in abolitionist causes and helped organize the Wisconsin Liberty Party in 1842 and the Republican [...]

Emil Wallber

Emil Wallber (1841 to 1923)

Section 23, Block 17, Lot 2
Wallber started his political career as an executive secretary to governor Edward Salomon. He served as an assistant state attorney general and in the state assembly before becoming city attorney and serving two terms as Milwaukee mayor. His [...]

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 [...]

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. Soon after assuming sole ownership of the Germania, a German Lutheran newspaper, Brumder developed the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 was the first Socialist elected to the U.S. Congress. During WWI, he and four others [...]

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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