Buena May Anderson was born of goodly parents, Scottish and
Swedish ancestry, 29 Mar 1898 in
Two of the older children died young, at two and six years. That left Buena the oldest daughter of ten children. Her mother was ill during most of her pregnancies, and with little ones, there was often sickness in the home. As a result, much responsibility was placed on Buena’s shoulders. She learned at an early age the home making skills of cooking, sewing, tending babies, etc.
She attended schools in
Buena often visited her aunt and uncle, Mary Anderson and
Owen Moroni Sanderson. He was the bishop of the 6th ward in
They remodeled the home where Squires’ parents and
grandparents had lived at
Squires worked as an accountant with the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads, which job he kept until he retired. He stayed with this job because of the security of a check he could depend on every month. He was steady and dependable. Helen remembers only one time that he took sick leave for a minor operation.
Though he never grew up on a farm (his father had a broom
factory), Squires loved the outdoors. He
had many happy memories of visits to his Grandmother Squires, Aunt Belle, Uncle
Dave, and to "the field" in
About the time Buena was married, her father and mother
moved to a ranch in
Every day Buena would walk the children to the grandparents' home. There was always plenty of activity there so they didn’t get lonely. They would walk home with fresh milk and eggs.
Daughter Helen remembers the fun times when Buena would pack a lunch and walk the children into the pines for a picnic. Another highlight is when everyone would pile into a wagon pulled by a team of horses and go wild berry picking. They gathered currents, sarvice berries, gooseberries and chokecherries, the only fruit available. Buena kept a crock-pot of sagebrush tea. She even cooked dandelion greens (delicious).
Squires and Buena were too practical to keep the ranch. When they got title to the land, after about six summers, they sold it to Brother Leslie or Grandfather A. There was no way Squires and Buena could develop the land further and they would be burdened with paying taxes on property that could bring no income. Squires made no profit from the sale, but felt good about it going to the family. Buena’s sister and husband, Jessie and Chrystal Youngberg later took over the ranch. When they retired, daughter Kay and husband David Potter took possession.
Squires and Buena next turned their sights to
President Lorenzo Snow’s first wife was Squires’
grandfather’s sister. President Snow at
the time was president of Box Elder Stake and lived in
Later they sold this home and established from the sale a missionary fund for their grandchildren. Eleven of their seventeen grandchildren filled missions.
During World War II Squires was transferred to the
Squires returned to the
Squires retired from government service in December 1954;
bought a home in Monument Park Ward 3rd-4th, at 2292 East Roosevelt,
In March 1962 Buena and Squires left
Most of the time in Salt Lake Squires worked as a temple ordinance worker – until he began losing good health.
In 1956 Buena was work director in Relief Society. She was always active in Relief Society until her health became a problem. They have both been active in genealogy work through the years.
Buena thoroughly enjoyed her home and her family. She was always busy – never took time to
rest. Helen remembers that the work
always seemed to be done and the house clean and tidy. When she would arrive home from school, Buena
would just be finishing the ironing, having done the washing also the same day
– before automatic washers. She would
usually start the dishes before everyone was through with his meal. Thus she would have a good long evening to
sew or accomplish something else. In
Buena went around kitchen and bathrooms often, with a paintbrush. She wallpapered the other rooms. Squires and Helen assisted, brushing on the paste.
She was very talented with the needle; made most of the children’s clothes, even coats. When she would finish an article of clothing, Squires would ask, “How much would that cost in a store?” She would give him a price. He was always so pleased to find how much money she had saved. She crocheted, embroidered, but I think her first love was quilting, especially in later years. She made beautiful quilts for the grandchildren and their babies. She was usually involved when there was a quilting in the ward. Buena grew up quilting. Her father raised the sheep. They washed and carded the wood, pieced the quilts and had many a social good time over a quilt.
She enjoyed gardening, writing letters, bottling fruit, upholstering furniture. She was creative. Everything she did she did quickly. No wonder she stayed thin all her life.
Buena was always on hand for the birth of a grandchild, arriving well in advance of the birth so she would be on time to tend the little ones. She would arrive with a hand made layette of baby clothes. When Helen’s Diane arrive a month early, Buena came to Washington immediately, missing Grandmother Charlotte Tillotson’s funeral and the reunion of family and friends who came together at such times.
For the interest of posterity, it might be well to consider some of Squires’ and Buena’s values.
The church was foremost in their lives always.
They sacrificed time and money so their children might have a good education and an easier life than they had. They believed training for a vocation was as important for a woman as for a man, in case something should happen to the provider.
They realized that strength comes from overcoming adversity, but they planned ahead to offset as much adversity as possible. As a result of their careful planning, the family never went through hardships, accidents, etc. – while living at home. (No broken bones, just tonsillectomies. Helen had an appendectomy.) We lived through a depression, but the children never realized there was one. Squires never made a big salary; they were frugal and good managers.
Squires believed in saving some money every month. He took no chances on investments or get-rich-quick schemes. His savings were put into insured certificates in more than one bank. Security for the future was important to them; they planned for it.
They paid cash for everything, including cars and houses, except for the first house they bought from Squires’ mother.
Squires’ advice to Helen when they were to move from Moses Lake, Washington, to Salt Lake (1973), “When you look for a place to purchase in this area, the amount of money you have should determine the kind of house you are entitled to – a one bedroom house or a four bedroom house – live within your means. You are not entitled to more than you can pay for. Life is a hard old deal.”
They were almost overprotective of their children – avoided dangerous situations – were cautious in all respects. Squires, Buena, and their children were all blessed with good health. They never had a regular family doctor.
Buena’s patriarchal blessing states, “You will be blessed with visions and dreams that will bring comfort to you.” Helen remembers her telling of two examples. At one time in her early married life Buena did pass into the spirit world – whether in dream, vision or what, Helen does not remember. Grandfather Tillotson met her and told her she would have to go back – that her children needed her. Shortly after Squires passed away at almost 83 years, he visited Buena. He stood beside her bed and beamed with happiness. This was a great comfort to her.
1985 – Buena is now 87 years old. She has slowed down but her physical health is good, no aches or pains. In her mind she still plants flowers and makes her pretty dresses. She seems content and restful, always happy to see her loved ones.
Smells of home: fresh paint; newly wall papered room (pasty,
dampness); simmering chili sauce, to be bottled; freshly baked bread (Helen’s
first taste of baker’s bread was when eating with Betty Baker, 7 years old; to
mother, “You must get Mrs. Baker’s recipe.
Her bread is delicious!”); simmering soup bone on a cold rainy day;
Squires’ eccentricities: germ conscious; “
One summer vacation we took our little housedog, Tina, to
Squires kept us laughing telling some of the things he did as a boy:
He always carried some wheat in his pocket. (Grandfather Tillotson
One day Squires took the wheat out of his pocket and began throwing it
on the newly planted
Squires loved his Grandma Sarah and we think he was her favorite, in spite of his mischief. One time she had her table all set with dishes. Squires, sitting underneath, let the table leaf down. There was breakage. His mother felt terrible.
He and younger brother Rulon were sleeping upstairs in Grandma Sarah’s home. Rulon had to urinate. Squires showed him a knothole in the floor; told him that was what it was for. Grandma and Grandaughter Laura were sleeping below. Grandmother sat up with a start, “What’s that Laura, what’s that!”
“Life is a hard old deal. I learned that when I was 5 or 6 years old. Bert Foulger, who was about 15 years old, hired me one summer when the flies were bad to hold his cow’s tail while he milked her. I had to hold the tail twice a day, seven days a week. He paid me five cents a week in advance. Everything went along alright the first week. Toward the end of the second week I had to go to Brigham with Mother so I told Bert I could not hold her tail the next morning. He told me I could not break the deal. If I did I would have to return my last weeks pay. Those five-cent pieces looked like twenty-dollar pieces to me. I returned his last five-cent piece and he took it. I learned two things: first, never be on the wrong side of a deal; second, never be on the back end of a cow.” (Taken from a letter to Helen)
In writing about Squires, we should mention something about his brothers. Ephraim, the oldest, enjoyed reading, sketching and painting. As a child, I think Squires was quite close to his younger brother, Rulon, in interests. He wanted to be out of doors doing all sorts of things. He liked to be in with his grandfather Tillotson’s chickens – liked to put two roosters together and watch them fight; stuck them under a box and lied when he heard his grandfather coming.
Rulon was a scrappy little kid. He could beat up most of the kids in the area. Squires was right there managing his fights and egging him on. Rulon was a very bright little boy. Though younger, he liked to do Squires’ homework and Squires was only too happy to let him. As a result, Squires flunked the third grade. This must have jolted him into working, as Squires skipped the fourth grade. He grew up to have a mind for figures, dates and record keeping. Sometime in his young married years Helen remembers him trying to memorize words and meanings from the dictionary, starting with A.
Rulon grew up to be a very
successful doctor specializing first in obstetrics; his wife, Aunt Maude, a
pediatrician. Women were too emotional
and he was called out all hours of the night.
He next specialized in ear, nose and throat; Aunt Maude, eyes. His parents couldn’t support him in
school. He worked hard at all kinds of
jobs to stay in school. A Dr. Harding in
his ward in
Rulon continued his love for
boxing. As an 80 year old, dignified
doctor he was still a familiar figure on the front rows of the boxing events in
Uncle Joe took an interest in all of us. If a relative came to
Grandmother Charlotte and sister-in-law, Aunt Belle, went
On his trips to Utah Uncle Joe would come with his stethoscope and check out all the cousins. It was a great loss to all of us when he died in an auto accident at the early age of 53.
We, the children of Squires and Buena, have indeed been blessed with choice parents, noted for their integrity and goodness. We have had good-natured grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins who have influenced our lives for good, loved us, and have been shining examples. We can be proud of our heritage.
PRIESTHOOD LINE OF AUTHORITY
Porter Squires Tillotson ordained a High Priest by Herbert B. Foulger, ordained a High Priest by J. Dwight Harding, ordained a High Priest by George F. Richards, ordained a High Priest by Joseph F. Smith, ordained a High Priest by Brigham Young, ordained a High Priest by Joseph Smith and the three witnesses (14 Feb 1835), ordained a High Priest by Peter, James & John, ordained a High Priest by Jesus Christ.
Tillotson, Helen. History of Buena May