Posted: August 23, 2012 in Beer Barons, Cemeteries, Milwaukee, Photography, Structures
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A few posts ago , I gave you the Blatz family crypt, located in Milwaukee’s Forest Home Cemetery.  Forest Home is the final resting place for countless Wisconsin governors, politicians, historians, writers, entrepreneurs and just plain folks.  Now, in the interest of completeness, I have the monuments or markers for the other Beer Barons, most of whom are buried within sight of each other.

Okay…wait a minute. With all these governors and newspaper moguls and inventors lying about, I chose Beer Barons?

Discuss among yourselves.

Most of the rest of the gang can be found across the road from the Blatz crypt.  Adolph Krug  and  his nephew, August Uihlein, are buried  there. Krug founded what later became the Schlitz brewery; upon Joseph Schlitz’s death, Augustus Uihlein took over the business.

The Joseph Schlitz monument is grander than Krug’s or Uihlein’s.The ship at the base of the monument tells us that Schlitz was actually lost at sea in 1875, but the lack of an actual  body is a minor point.

Ahhhh….Captain Frederick Pabst, brewing magnate extrordinaire and the man who made it possible for me to say “PBR me, Bartender” for four sudsy undergraduate years:

The Pabst memorial seems to have fallen on hard times. The whole thing feels like a frat house the morning after a major kegger. ( A few marble empties to complete the scene…)

Finally, in a whole different part of the cemetery, the marker for the Jacob Best family. I found this one to be quite disappointing. Someone decided to do an upgrade and it just doesn’t work: way too slick and modern, though it is chock full o’ facts and does tie things back to the Pabst family.

And so, gentle reader, thus endeth our ramble.   No more history for a while–I promise.

  1. jlheuer says:

    Blatz is by far the winner. But the mourning woman at the Pabst memorial is very interesting.

  2. Brent or maybe Harold; I forget which. says:

    What a great theme! The gravesites/monuments of the Wisconsin Beer Barons. Also enjoyed the gallery of regional barns, which look like broken down monuments themselves. (I also study barn archetecture, especially the evolution/history of the varied roofing styles and shapes. How eccentric we grow in our autumnal years!)

    • john john what have ye done says:

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    • Patricia says:

      Thank you, Brent/Harold/John/Your Lordship! I’m less about the history of the barns(uh-oh–bad history teacher. Go lay by your dish.) than I am about the visuals. However, having said that, I am learning about theconstruction of the old barns as a neat side-perk because the people who own them are delighted to share what they know.

  3. J.P. says:

    What a neat theme. The great Wisconsin Beer Barons! Also enjoyed the barn gallery, many of which look like broken down monunents themselves. (I also study barn architecture, especially the history/evolution of the varied roofing styles. How oddly eccentric we grow in our autumnal years!)

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