Janet Hale Anderson was born March 6, 1880 in Grantsville, Utah to Aroet Lucus Hale and Louisa Cooke. As a youth, she helped on the farm and learned skills such as milking cows, extracting honey, caring for bees, and mixing bread. She graduated from the 8th grade in 1895 and worked for five and half years as a clerk in a general merchandise store. On October 31, 1903, she married John William Anderson in the Salt Lake City Temple. In her later years, the family traveled frequently, though for the most part, settling in Tooele County, where Janet served as the county bee inspector for thirty years. Janet and John together had ten children, although one died when only a few days old. Janet died December 20, 1966.
Part of the J. Allen Parkinson collection, this is a three-page typescript biography, located in the second folder of the collection, which is labeled, Biographies, Ad-Ar. The manuscript begins by describing Janet's heritage of faith, courage, determination, and a love of the Lord and the Gospel. As a youth, she was a redhead with curly hair. Although she was a hard worker, she also loved to have fun. She served in the Sunday School, Primary, and MIA. In 1906, she was called to be a counselor in the Relief Society. She is described as generous, charitable, and selfless. She learned cake decorating and also taught 4-H bee clubs. The manuscript lists the following places as those she traveled in: Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, California, Maryland, New York, and Washington D.C. Janet also served as the charter president to the Civic Club and with the Red Cross. The manuscript ends by noting that Janet's home is a place of love and friendship.