Mr Karl Johan Johansson

Mr Karl Johan Johansson, 32, was born 9 September 1880 the son of Johan Niclas Olson and Karolina Petersdotter, Iretorpet, Skörbo, Myckleby, Orust Island, near Gothenburg, Sweden. He had one brother Axel Leonard.

Karl Johan Johansson had emigrated to USA (probably Duluth, Minnesota) where he had become a stucco worker. He returned to Sweden in 1911 and was engaged with his childhood friend and sweetheart Berta Elizabeth Olsson from Hällebord in Myckleby parish. They were meant to travel in the autumn of 1912 but his friends Oscar Olsson and Samuel Niklasson persuaded him to make the trip earlier instead. It was decided that Berta should follow on Olympic in the autumn as originally planned.

Johansson boarded the Titanic with his friends at Southampton. He died in the sinking, his body, if recovered, was never identified.

As for so many others, Berta's live was shattered by the announcement of her fiancé's death. She later married a widower and they moved to her parents home in Hällebord, where she died in 1948. Karl Johan's father Johan had later two pictures of Titanic and Olympic hanging over his bed with a portrait of his son hanging between them.

The Mansion House Fund paid 875.52 Kr (£48) to the parents. 1826 Kr (£100) damage claims paid to parents, 22 August 1914.



Leif Snellman, Finland

References and Sources

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

Link and cite this biography

(2017) Karl Johan Johansson Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #902, updated 24th August 2017 17:53:01 PM)

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