Autobiography of Martha Bowen Anderson
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A History of Martha Bowen Anderson
I am one in a family of eleven,. My father Benjamin L. Bowen, born Jan 14 1852, and my mother born Feb. 13, 1855, were both Pioneers. Their family consisted of four boys and seven girls. They are Annie, Lewis, Isabel, Hugh, Benjamin, Grace, Martha, Lulu, Hortense, Mary, Royal.
I was raised on a farm in Tooele City Tooele County Utah. Having been born Oct 24 1889. I came at a time when there were not as many conveniences as we have now. We swept the floor instead of using the vacuum. There were lamps to fill and clean each day instead of just pushing a button. We had to carry water from the creek, which was quite a chore on wash day. When we wished to have a ride or to travel it had to be either horseback, with team and buggy or with team and bobsleigh.
Father raised much fruit and we girls had to help take care of it. I remember there were five large apricot trees. Either father or one of the boys would shake them each day. The ground would just be yellow. We girls had to gather, cut and put them out to dry. Sometimes it seemed that the job would never end. The folks also raised bees. We had all the honey we wanted and would often invite groups to the house for a candy pull. We also had all the milk, butter, and cream we wished. The cream was thick enough to cut, and we would do just that and put it on a slice of bread with sugar and it made a delicious sandwich.
As there wasn’t a High School in Tooele. I found places where I could work for my board, room, and car fare. In this way I completed two years of High School at the L.D.S.U. In Salt Lake City Utah.
July 30, 1914 I married Norman S. Anderson, who was born in Lehi Utah Aug 3rd 1888. We had three children, Norman Jr. was born May 15, 1915. Martha Emma was born June 18, 1917. Then came the flu of 1920 and claimed my husband. Our youngest daughter, Rachel, was born three weeks later, Mar 14, 1920.
I went back to High School in Tooele and received my diploma, and began my university work so I could teach school and support my Family. Our daughter Emma died Jan 14, 1930. I continued my education by correspondence, attending summer school, and by taking extension work. It was my desire that my children should have an education so they would be prepared to take their place with those who wanted to accomplish things. Norman and Rachel did continue and in 1943 all of (us) received a Degree. I received my B.S. Degree from the University of Utah, Norman received his Drs. Degree from the University of Pa., and Rachel received her Masters Degree from the Iowa State University.
Norman and Rachel are happily married and I have eight lovely grandchildren.
I have always enjoyed my religious activity. In 1923 I was asked to teach in the Sunday School. Also to be Sec, in the Genealogy Group I continued in both organizations until about 1951, either as a local worker or a Stake Worker. Part of the time I was both. I also worked with the 4H group for eighteen years. Part of the time as a leader and part of the time as a County Supervisor.
I taught school thirty one years. Then because of ill health I retired in 1951. I built a home in Salt Lake City so I could be closer to my children. I enjoy my neighbors and friends. I also enjoy my church activities in Grant Tenth Ward, that of being a teacher in the Gospel doctrine Class in the Sunday School. As organist in the Relief Society, and as a member of the Genealogy Group.
My activity in the D.U.P. organization has been interesting. I was a lesson leader while in Tooele and then became lesson leader after joining the Wandamere Camp. In Sept. 1957 a committee was chosen to carry on the work of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers n the Wandamere Camp, I was asked to be Captain.