Mr Julius Konrad Eugen Karlsson

Mr Julius Konrad Eugen Karlsson, 23, was born 29 September 1878 the son of Anders and Augusta Kristina Karlsson, Luntgatan 8, Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden.

Karlsson was an engineer and inventor, living, in 1912, at Annielund 5, Krokslätt, Gothenburg, Sweden. He was married to Adelaide Fredrika Karlsson (née Gran).

Julius Karlsson's father was a carpenter but did not have the money to fund his son's education and so Julius had to finance himself. He developed an interest in looms and studied in Finland for some years before taking a degree at Lenningska weaving school in Norrköping, Sweden. He then gained employment in a textile factory in Vejle, Denmark, and became a loom constructor inventing among other things an automatic shuttle changer.

In Gothenburg he later worked for the Claes Johansson-Marks mechanic workshops. The trip to USA was to arrange patent registrations, but he probably intended to settle there, because his wife later in a letter to ministry of foreign affairs mentioned that she should have followed him in the autumn. Julius had a child outside of marriage, his name was Klas Julius Öjvind Hottsberg and he later lived in Oslo. The son was born while Juliuys had been in Denmark and was the result of a liaison with "shop assistant Alerine Margerethe Sørensen" according to the Danish ministry of foreign affairs.

Julius Karlsson boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger . He died in the sinking, his body was never found.

The Mansion House Fund paid 1787.52 Kr (£100) to his wife, 875.32 Kr (£48) to parents and 1276.80 Kr (£70) to his mother in law. 5466 Kr (£300) in damage claims were paid on 28 August 1914 to the wife and parents. The wife got 2733 Kr, and because the parents were getting divored the sum was further divided 1966.50 to father and 766.50 to mother.

Julius and his wife had no children. His mother Augusta Karlsson divorced his father Anders Karlsson in 1914 and moved to a newbuilt cottage "Villa Titanic" Karlshof N:o 80, Östra Eneby, Norrköping (today Skördegatan 12). The house was partly built with the damage claims. An enamel sign on the wall read "Villa Titanic". The house has now been pulled down.

References and Sources

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

Leif Snellman, Finland

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