Mr Carl Peter Widegren

Mr Carl Peter Widegren was born in Högsrums, Kalmar, Sweden on 6 March 1861. He was the son of Johan Gustaf Widegren and Ingeborg Elisabeth Johanssdotter (b. 1829). He lived in Algustrum and worked as a sailor.

He was married to Edith Olga Söderlund 1 (b. 1882) in North Shields, Northumberland, England in 1903 and their son Charles Edward was born there on 5 June 1905. Leaving their son in Sweden in the care of Frederik and Emma Carlsson of Algustrum, Carl and his wife departed from England aboard Majestic and arrived in New York on 26 September 1906 and settled in Long Island, New York.

Carl had returned home to Sweden to visit his son and was returning to New York when he boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger. According to a letter from the consulate to ministry of foreign affairs, he owned a house in Algutsrum.

Widegren died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

The Mansion House Fund paid 1329.33 Kr (£73) to the son on 23 January 1913 and 3188.50 Kr (£175) damage claims were paid 10 June 1914. Both sums were held in trust by Mr Carlsson, the son's guardian.

As for Carl's wife Edith, in what must be one of the swiftest remarriages of a Titanic widow, she was remarried on 30 June 1912 in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Her next suitor was a fellow-Swede named Arvid Anders Lybäck (b. 1874), a plasterer. Arvid, a widower with several children, had emigrated in 1891 and Edith was to be his third wife. They lived in Wakefield, Massachusetts and the 1920 census shows that Edith was joined by her son Charles in America for a time. By the 1930s Edith and her husband were living in Columbia, New York; she died there in 1935 and was buried Martindale Cemetery, Martindale, New York. Her widower Arvid took another wife before the close of the decade and remained in New York for the rest of his life before his death on 6 April 1961.

Carl's son, Edward, remained in New York and worked as a carpenter before becoming a writer of fiction under the name Ed Lybeck. He was married in 1933 to Ruth Augusta Larsson (1908-1964) and raised a family and later settled in Los Angeles. He died there on 26 June 1965 and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.



Gavin Bell, UK
Leif Snellman, Finland


Listed as Sutherland on marriage records

References and Sources

Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0

Link and cite this biography

(2017) Carl Peter Widegren Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #1299, updated 26th August 2017 12:23:02 PM)

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