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Fort Howard Memorial Park holds history of Green Bay past

CREATED Nov 8, 2013

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GREEN BAY - On the city's north side sits a large piece of land rich in the history of Green Bay. It's the Fort Howard Memorial Park, a 150-year-old cemetery

"There are lots of different headstones and stories," said Christine Toson Hentges, president of Tribute Companies.

Local hospital founder Dr. Julius Bellin and Memphis Belle gunner Harold Loch are among the notables who are buried on the grounds.

There are so many notables that the Brown County Historical Society hosts an annual tour at the site, where history buffs watch actors portraying

"(The actors) dress up mostly as the business people who helped make Green Bay what it is today," Toson Hentges explained.

There are even a dozen former Packers players buried on site, including QB Arnie Herber and former Congressman Lavvy Dilwig.

A large portion of Green Bay's past resides at Fort Howard Memorial Park. After 150 years, this is only the beginning.

"We have about 15-18 acres that haven't been touched yet," Toson Hentges said. "We're going to (add to the) history for at least another 250 to 350 years. We hope to keep capturing the genealogy and family history."