August 9, 2022


Santa Maria History

Shirley Contreras: History of Pine Grove Cemetery has twists, turns | Coronary heart of the Valley

In 1868, Nancy Stubblefield homesteaded 160 acres of land which integrated what is now the 1¾ acre cemetery regarded as the Pine Grove Cemetery, situated just about to the South close of Bradley Street, just a bit north of Stubblefield. Her son, Absalom, homesteaded on 160 acres south of her home.

10 yrs afterwards, shortly soon after acquiring his mother’s home, Absalom found out burial grounds there.

With some of the burial web-sites remaining marked with crosses manufactured from branches of an oak tree, it appeared that some of the Spanish and Indian households experienced very long been using this open land as a area in which to bury their dead.

Vernon Bettencourt, grandson of Absalom Stubblefield, at the time instructed me that his grandfather, in noting the pine trees rising in the spot, named the burial grounds the Pine Grove Cemetery, and permitted the new settlers to lay their loved types to rest there.

On Oct. 6, 1888, Stubblefield marketed the cemetery property to the freshly arranged Pine Grove Cemetery Affiliation for $5. Officers of this group ended up elected and the assets was divided into 40 heaps, with about 12 gravesites to every single lot. The affiliation served as overseer of the cemetery, leaving the families of the deceased to consider demand of the burials.

As the valley grew in populace during the 1920s and ‘30s, community households started to use the greater and much better maintained Santa Maria Cemetery to bury their dead, and the Pine Grove Cemetery fell into deep neglect.

Considering the fact that the ensuing years introduced no enhancement to the problem of the cemetery, in 1974 the Tres Condados Senior Girl Scout Troop 187 initiated a special job to clean up the extensive-neglected cemetery, and return it to its situation of historical significance. The Scouts, together with lots of area business corporations, mothers and fathers, mates and descendants of the early pioneers, place in shut to 300 several hours of hard perform to full the venture.