Anna (Annie) Rolph was born on February 19, 1863 in Ogden, Utah to John Social Rolph and Diantha Sophia Whitney Rolph. Her father was a polygamist, with a total of six wives. Anna attended school in St. Charles, Idaho and St. George, Utah. Her parents were some of the first settlers in Star Valley, Wyoming, where she lived for several years. Anna married William Aldridge in 1881 at the age of eighteen in Garden City, Utah. William was twenty years her senior. Her husband was a trapper, miner, and horse trader. They lived in Garden City for six years and had their first five children. When their house in Garden City burned down they moved to Cardston, Canada with their young family, arriving on July 26, 1888. They spent some time at Waterton Lakes, where they were extremely isolated and food and supplies were scarce. She had fifteen children, thirteen surviving past infancy, David, Mary Sophia, Oliver, Charles, Albert, Elethine, Amy, Herman, Frank, Anna Diantha, John William, Stirling, Alexander, Alta Matilda, and Lettie. Annie died in Cardston, Alberta on August 23, 1939.
The collection is comprised of one folder that contains a photocopied biography of Annie Aldridge's life, a family tree with photographs of each of Annie’s children, and an LDS temple ordinance chart for Annie’s family. The biography recounts her upbringing and her marriage to William Aldridge. It recounts their years of isolation and struggle to survive in the mountains of Canada, including the account of an experience in which one of her children was swept away in a river. Annie dove in the freezing water and rescued her child, but lost an unborn child in the ordeal. Her husband eventually discovered oil at Waterton Park. With the cash he received, William bought a farm and then a pool house, which he converted into the first movie theatre in Cardston.