Buena May Anderson was born of goodly parents, Scottish and Swedish ancestry, 29 Mar 1898 in Fairview, Utah.  Her grandparents came to Utah for the church.  They pioneered Fairview, where her parents and Buena were born.  She is the fourth child of John A Anderson and Lucinda Sanderson.


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 Fairview, high school in Mt. Pleasant.  She was attending B.Y.U. the year of the first flu epidemic.  School was dismissed.  Buena returned home, as did others from Fairview, Mt. Pleasant and neighboring towns.  By the end of the Christmas season practically everyone had come down with the flu.  Buena was very ill; she never returned to B.Y.U.


Buena often visited her aunt and uncle, Mary Anderson and Owen Moroni Sanderson.  He was the bishop of the 6th ward in Ogden where Porter Squires Tillotson lived.  He had returned from his missionary and military service when they met.  They were married 22 Dec 1920 in the Manti Temple.


They remodeled the home where Squires’ parents and grandparents had lived at 748 24th Street in Ogden, and reared their family there.  Grandmother Charlotte Tillotson (husband died in 1917) moved into a little home behind her son Squires.  Squires’ brother Ephraim built further down the lane behind his mother's house.  The Tillotson cousins grew up in close harmony with a sweet grandmother they loved to visit.


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 Brigham City.  He just loved the animals and birds of all kinds.


About the time Buena was married, her father and mother moved to a ranch in Wyoming (Mt. Kinnon).  This was Squires' chance to get a piece of country living.  He and Buena homesteaded 640 acres just next to her father’s ranch.  It was beautiful country--rolling hills of sagebrush and cedars, with groves of pine and quaking aspen, wild flowers, magpies and bluebirds, springs of water in the pines.  They built a little two-roomed house on the hillside, with a stream of fresh water running by.  Buena and the children would live there all summer.  Uncle David Squires came up one season to fence the property.


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 Brigham City and bought a five acre fruit farm at 6th North 4th East where the north L.D.S. stake center now stands from Squires’ brother Ephraim.  Brigham was only twenty miles from Ogden.  Squires would spend weekends and some weekdays after work.  Buena and children lived there all summer.  They worked hard.  Son Joseph was Buena’s right hand man, carrying crates and boxes of fruit up to the shed.  Buena supervised the pickers and bargained with the peddlers who came to buy the fruit.  There was always demand for it (mainly dewberries) so selling was not a problem.  The purpose behind this venture was to raise money for the children’s college fund.  Parents would match every dollar the fruit would bring in.  After they had realized $1,000 for each child, they turned the farm back to Ephraim.  Helen went two years to Utah State on $1,000 (1942-43).


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 Brigham City.  In the early days the fields were divided into ten-acre lots.  Squires’ grandfather, Charles Porter had ten acres.  He was a great help to President Snow and assisted his families while President Snow was away on his missions.  He saw that their homes were in good repair and helped in other possible ways.  Squires and Buena later purchased these ten acres and also the ten acres on the south side, formerly owned by President Snow.  They also purchased Grandmother Sarah Squires’ home on N. Main and remodeled her little house.  Squires valued this Brigham property highly because of the history and sentimental value attached to it.


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 Alaska Highway project for 2 ½ years.  He served in the Seattle, Edmonton, Chicago and Washington D.C. offices until the road was completed.  Buena stayed in Ogden with the children so their schooling would not be interrupted.  It was a learning experience for her to start writing the checks and paying the bills.


Squires returned to the Ogden office but only for a short time.  His boss on Alaska Highway wanted him to move to Denver.  In February 1946 Squires was transferred from Ogden to Denver where he was administrative manager of the Colorado district.  They purchased a home on Eudora Avenue.  Although they had misgivings about leaving home and Ogden, the church was growing rapidly in Denver and they were very happy there.  Squires’ church assignments in Denver were:  (1) stake missionary; (2) president of High Priest group; (3) high councilman; (4) bishop.  Buena’s assignments: (1) 2nd counselor ward mutual girl’s program; (2) 1st counselor relief society; (3) secretary visiting teachers; (4) literature teacher; (5) secretary demonstrations.  In Ogden, Buena had worked in the primary sixteen years.


Squires retired from government service in December 1954; bought a home in Monument Park Ward 3rd-4th, at 2292 East Roosevelt, Salt Lake City.  (Bought the home earlier in anticipation of retiring.  President Drury asked Squires to stay longer in Denver to be bishop of Barnum Ward (2 years).  Plans were changed.  He stayed longer and returned later than previously planned.)


In March 1962 Buena and Squires left Salt Lake to serve a mission, spending one year on the Wind River reservation of Wyoming and one year in Minneapolis, St. Paul area.  On the Indian mission they had the cherished opportunity of getting acquainted with President Kimball and wife Camilla.  After eating, President Kimball was right in the kitchen helping Buena with the dishes.  They took Buena and Squires out to dinner one night when Squires became lost getting President Kimball to the airport; they were forced to spend an extra night in town.  (Correction – President Kimball was driving – made a wrong turn.)  At the time President Kimball was the apostle over the Indians.


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 Ogden meals were always on time.  Squires would come home from the office and the children from school for the main hot meal at noon.  Supper was at 5:00.


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; Wyoming – sagebrush in the rain, cedar, pines.


Squires’ eccentricities: germ conscious; “Wash hands before eating and after a movie.  Don’t touch anything in public places.”; meat is only good if it is burned (well done - he ate very little meat); would not eat in restaurants (After coming back to Salt Lake, he worked at Hotel Utah for a few years – could have had a free meal everyday, but didn’t.  He only drank from a little juice can.  He was only really comfortable with Buena’s cooking.); turned off lights; locked doors; never drove over 40 miles an hour; loved to watch birds; would pull car over to side of the road, leave us waiting in the car while he watched an interesting sight in the marshes or fields.  Squires had a penchant for dates.  A common occurrence was, “What happened ___ years ago today?”  The answer would be something like, “I shaved for the first time.”  This went on all the time.  Squires had a great sense of humor.  Very kind to children and animals – never spanked.  Helen got a swat on the seat once when she refused to wash hands for dinner.  Buena couldn’t stand to see things on top of the surfaces.  Everything had to be cleaned off, neat as a pin.


One summer vacation we took our little housedog, Tina, to Salt Lake with us.  Upon arriving, Squires wanted me to bring the dog and go with him over to Joe’s.  Joe had a decorative fountain and pool in his yard.  Without any explanation, Squires threw the dog into the center of the pool.  Tina came running to me soaking wet and shaking herself.  Squires did that two more times, still without explanation.  I was soaked, but Squires was satisfied.  After that Squires could relax, and Tina could have run of the house, even sleeping on the couch cushion.  He just had to know she was clean.


Squires kept us laughing telling some of the things he did as a boy:


He always carried some wheat in his pocket.  (Grandfather Tillotson had chilckens.)  One day Squires took the wheat out of his pocket and began throwing it on the newly planted Madison school lawn.  The next thing he knew the principal had him by the collar and marched him into his office.


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 Ogden lent him some money.  When Uncle Joe was ready, Rulon was in a position to help him through medical school.  I see by Squires’ records that he helped also.


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 Sacramento.  He was also still taking classes at the local university.


Uncle Joe took an interest in all of us.  If a relative came to Colusa, California, he would examine him first thing.  If he needed any surgery, he got that too.  In 1935 when our family visited, he took out three sets of tonsils on his dining (kitchen) table and put the children to bed at his home, to save the hospital bill.


Grandmother Charlotte and sister-in-law, Aunt Belle, went together to Colusa, California on the train.  They were expecting a nice vacation, but Joe had other things in mind.  He worked on grandmother’s bunion and stripped Aunt Belle’s varicose veins.  They came home feeling poorly.


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.



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 Anderson. Copied 22 Nov 2005 by J.F. from photocopy of handwritten original.