Emma Mathilda Hult Anderson was born in Resinga, Sweden on March 28, 1867 to Gustave Adolf and Maria Cristina Anderson Hult. She graduated from Herastop seminary (a Lutheran school) in April of 1882. Her mother died when she was young, so Emma kept up the house and cared for her younger sisters. She was employed as a weaver at Norrkoping, Sweden, and there, she joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints against her family's wishes. She migrated to Utah and arrived in Salt Lake City on October 15, 1892. For a year, she lived in Grantsville, where she was employed in the home of Gustave Anderson. She returned to Salt Lake City to work at a hotel, and she later met and married Carl Anderson in July of 1894. They made their home in Grantsville and had four children: three boys and one girl. Emma died October 31, 1954 at the age of eighty-seven.
Part of the J. Allen Parkinson collection, this is a one-page typescript biography written by Emma's grandson, Rex Anderson, and is located in the second folder of the collection, which is labeled, Biographies, Ad-Ar, It provides very little detail concerning Emma's personal life. While living in Grantsville, the manuscript mentions that Emma worked making butter and caring for the chickens and livestock.