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A bit of Porterville history sent to me by Jerry W. Lewis 1 Nov 2012.

You have the Vandalia Cemetary listed as the "OLDEST IN PORTERVILLE" (as stated by Steven Williams in the Vandalia data. PH) when actually there is one older. It was called the Mill Street Cemetary and it was located near the intersection of Mill and 3rd streets. It has no real historical listing due to the fact that it was literally washed away in 1862, during a devastating flood that winter. There were no records kept at that time; at least none that could be located by local historians. It's a shame because some of the very first settlers of the area were buried there. 

I am, what I would call, an amateur Porterville Historian. I have studied books written by many people who have taken an interest in Porterville history and published their findings. Jeff Edwards is one such person and he mentioned the old Mill Street Cemetary several times in his books, "MAIN STREET PORTERVILLE I and II". His research took him into the diaries of several early settlers of the area, including Peter Goodhue and Royal Porter Putnum (the cities name sake), but I believe he found his information regarding the cemetary in the Goodhue diary or possibly the Henry Mentz writings. 

Others historians have also mention it but Jeff's book was the first I read so it stands out foremost in my mind. I have spoken with Jeff on many occasions about too many historical matters to remember but the Mill Street Cemetary is too important a fact to forget (to us anyway). 

The property is the location of the First Congregational Church. How fitting could that be.

 

Cemetery Date Submitter
Crabtree-Globe Cemetery
near Porterville CA
  14 Oct 1997 Steven Williams
Total records = 70
Deep Creek Cemetery   9 Nov 1997 Steven Williams
Total records = 516
Total photos = 
Duncan-McDonald Cemetery
near Springville CA
  14 Oct 1997 Steven Williams
Total records = 21
Eshom Cemetery
near Badger, CA
       
Exeter Cemetery
Surnames A-B Surnames L-M
Surnames C-D Surnames N-R
Surnames E-G Surnames S-T
Surnames H-K Surnames U-Z
  abt 1997 Steven Williams
Total records = 8,025
Hamilton Cemetery   9 Nov 1997 Steven Williams
Total records = 116
Hillcrest Cemetery
1013 E Olive Ave
Porterville CA
Surnames A-G
Surnames H-O

Surnames P-Z

17 Apr 2008
updated
9 Apr 2011
14 Oct 1997 Steven Williams
Total records = 8,336
Nancy Howell
Total photos = 198
Hillcrest Cemetery (2nd list)
1013 E Olive Ave
Porterville CA
  9 Apr 2011 Marjorie Kientz
Total records = 185
Home of Peace Cemetery
Porterville CA

17 Apr 2008 
14 Oct 1997
updated
27 Nov 2007
Steven Williams
Total records = 3,226
Nancy Howell
Total photos = 17
Old Zion Mennonite Brethren Church Cemetery
Dinuba CA

2 Mar 2008
8 Nov 2007 Dorothy Reinhardt
Total records = 161
Total photos = 168
(all visible tombstones have been photographed)
Olive Cemetery
Lindsay CA
     
Porterville Cemetery
Porterville CA

17 Apr 2008
14 Oct 1997 Steven Williams
Total records = 2,198
Nancy Howell
Total photos = 19
Smith Mountain Cemetery
near Dinuba CA

17 Apr 2008 
14 Oct 1997
updated
27 Nov 2007
Steven Williams
Total records = 3,125
Nancy Howell
Total photos = 25
Springville Cemetery
Springville CA
  14 Oct 1997 Steven Williams
Total records = 59
St. Ann's Cemetery
formerly Porterville Catholic Cemetery
Porterville CA
  14 Oct 1997 Steven Williams
Total records = 565
Three Rivers Cemetery   6 Feb 1998 Steven Williams
Total records = 491
Tipton-Pixley Cemetery

Tombstones have been photographed and added to Find A Grave.

  6 Feb 1998 Steven Williams
Total records = 2,613
Traver Cemetery (IOOF)
Traver CA
     
Tulare Public Cemetery District
Tulare Public Cemetery
900 East Kern Ave
Tulare CA 93274
(559) 686-5544
Fax (559) 686-7484

17 Apr 2008
updated
25 Sep 2010
  Nancy Howell
Total photos = 26
Tulare Public Cemetery District
North Tulare Cemetery
4462 North "J" Street
Tulare CA 93274
(559) 687-8846
     
Vandalia Cemetery
Porterville CA
Surnames A-G
Surnames H-O
Surnames P-Z

17 Apr 2008
updated
19 Apr 2008

 

14 Oct 1997
reformatted
13 Apr 2008
Steven Williams
Total records = 3,387
Nancy Howell
Total photos = 57
Visalia Cemetery
Visalia CA
(burials to 1920)
Surnames A-C Surnames K-P
Surnames D-J Surnames Q-Z
  26 Nov 1997 Steven Williams
Total records = 4,146
Visalia Cemetery
Visalia CA
(burials after 1920)
A B C
D E F
G H I-J
K L M
N-O P-Q R
S T U-V
W X-Y-Z  
  29 Jun 2003
reformatted
12 Apr 2008
Steven Williams
Total records = 45,938
Woodville District Cemetery
17 Apr 2008
6 Feb 1998 Steven Williams
Total records = 2,065
Nancy Howell
Total photos = 5
Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery
Terra Bell CA
  14 Oct 1997 Steven Williams
Total records = 96
Smaller cemeteries:
Allensworth; Alpaugh; Antelope; Aukland; Benware; Buckeye; Cordray Mountain; Cramer; Crook-Ilanstine; Deadman's Canyon; Deer Creek; Drum Valley; Elbow Creek; Eshom Valley; Flagg-Webb; Frazier Valley; Galley Mountain; Kaweah Colony; Lemon Cove; Lone Oak; Long Valley; Mineral King; Oak Grove; Pohut; Redbanks; Redwood Canyon; Saucelito; Squaw Valley; Stokes/Tagus; Tailhot Boot Hill; Taurusa; Traver; Tule River Indian Reservation; Whitaker Forest; White River; Wilcox;and Yokohl Valley 
    Steven Williams
Total records = 524