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Janet Gardiner Jack Baxter
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Birth: Aug. 4, 1861, Scotland
Death: Feb. 4, 1945
Spring City
Sanpete County
Utah, USA

Brief History of Janet Jack Baxter by Enid Diantha Nielson Baxter

Our Mother, Janet Jack Baxter was born in Terth, Scotland, 4 August, 1861, a daughter of William Jack and Jessie Thomson Jack.

Her father William Jack, was born in St. Andrews 27 Oct. 1822. He married, Jessie Thomson, his 2nd wife, 2 June 1854.

She was born in Dalkerth, Scotland, 16 May 1827.

Motherís father and mother William Jack and Jessie Thomson Jack joined the L.D.S. church in Scotland and immigrated to Utah in November, 1869.

They had 3 sons and 1 daughter: Janet, William Thomas, James Gardiner, and Gavin Hamilton.

They settled in Manti, Utah, when they arrived in Utah.

Janet grew to young womanhood there, being a very popular girl in Mantiís young set.

She was very active in church work and was a very talented singer, a lovely soprano voice. She was one of the main soloists for Mantiís North Ward choir for many years.

She was a teacher in the Sunday School and was presented a volume of Tennysonís poems when she quit teaching at the time of her marriage, on 16 November, 1887.

When she came to Spring City, she entered into church activities with as much zeal and enthusiasm as she had in Manti. She hadnít been here long when she became a member of the choir and worked in the Primary organization in various capacities for many years.

She was very self-reliant and independent by nature, having a keen sense of humor which tided her over in some of the difficult situations which comes to everyone in their lifetime.

A year or two after they moved into their new red brick home, they decided to branch out into the hotel business. Spring City, at that time, was very much in need of hotel accommodations. Mother was a very fine cook, and it wasnít very long until the Baxter House became noted for the fine meals that Mother served to her guests.

Besides caring for her family, also caring for her father-in-law in his declining years, the hotel management was quite an undertaking for Mother. But, she was determined to carry on, and willing to work hard, so the Hotel project was very successful.

Besides all of these home responsibilities, she kept active in her church work, singing in the choir, and attending the choir every week, practicing songs for special occasions because at that time there was no one who could equal or surpass her in singing soprano. So, she was very popular here in Spring City as she had been in Manti. She was honored on more than one occasion being invited back to Manti to sing on special occasions. She had many friends in Manti and Spring City.

She was President of the Spring City Ward Primary for quite a few years. She loved and was loved by her co-workers. During the time she was President of the Primary, the Ward was building a new church and each organization was assigned a certain quota to raise through entertainment. The Primary was the first organization to complete their assignment and turn it into the Bishop L. O. Larsen. That is just one instance that demonstrated Motherís abilities as a leader.

Many other cantatas and other entertainments were given by the Primary under her supervision.

She was very proud of her heritage and was very thankful to her parents for this heritage which was handed down her. She was proud of them and always spoke of them reverently.

She was proud of her husband and their children, loyal to all of them in every way. (She was) always anxious for their welfare and always willing to make sacrifices in order that they could have all the advantages for their improvement.

Mother lived to see two of her great-grandchildren. She was steadfast to the last in the L.D.S. church and was a wonderful example to our family in every way. She was a devoted wife and mother.

Going to Grandmotherís home for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner was a big event for all of the family. Many times more than 20 were seated around the long table in the dining room. No one could make plum pudding or lemon pies like Grandmother could.

She missed her companion, who preceded her in death by 15 years. She spent her declining years in her own home, being cared for by Jean and Albert who deserve much praise for the fine consideration and care they gave to her.

She died February 4, 1945 and her funeral services were held February 8, 1945.

Written by Enid Nielson Baxter, and abridged by Mary Lynne Wheeler York.
Family links: 
  William Jack (1822 - 1899)
  Janet Thompson Jack (1827 - 1897)
  John Robb Baxter (1851 - 1930)
  John Robb Baxter (1888 - 1978)*
  William Jack Baxter (1890 - 1975)*
  Thomas Gardiner Baxter (1892 - 1976)*
  Jessie Baxter (1894 - 1894)*
  Alma Baxter (1896 - 1896)*
  Jessie Minerva Baxter Schofield (1900 - 1989)*
  William Thomson Jack (1855 - 1892)*
  Gavin Hamilton Jack (1859 - 1938)*
  Janet Gardiner Jack Baxter (1861 - 1945)
*Calculated relationship
Spring City Cemetery
Spring City
Sanpete County
Utah, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 39.4808, -111.51511
Created by: Alan L. York
Record added: Apr 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36474749
Janet Gardiner <i>Jack</i> Baxter
Added by: Alan L. York
Janet Gardiner <i>Jack</i> Baxter
Added by: Alan L. York
Janet Gardiner <i>Jack</i> Baxter
Added by: Alan L. York
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