Mr Wilhelm Johansson Skoog was born in Forshem, Skaraborg, Sweden on 6 April 1872.
He was the son of Johan Johansson and Christina Andersdotter (b. 1844) and brother to Alma Charlotta (b. 1860).
He was married on 5 June 1898 to Anna Bernhardina Karlsson (b. 1866) and the couple emigrated shortly after and settled in Iron Mountain, Michigan where their four children were born: Karl Thorsten (b. 1900), Mabel (b. 1902), Harald (b. 1906) and Margit Elizabeth (b. 1910). The family appear on the 1910 census living in Mountain City, Michigan and Wilhelm is described as a miner. He worked at the Pewabic Mine as an engineer and it was whilst living and working near the mines that their eldest child Karl was involved in an accident at the railroads which left him with an amputated left leg and compromised right leg with the toes amputated from that foot, leaving him permanently on crutches. The family decided to return to Sweden around November 1911 which they did but soon regretted the move and made plans to return to America.
Having travelled via Stockholm, Göteborg and Hull, the family boarded the Titanic at Southampton on 10 April 1912 as third class passengers (ticket number 347088 which cost £27, 18s). Travelling with them were two relatives, Ellen Pettersson and Jenny Henriksson, who they had persuaded to join them.
How the family coped on the night of the sinking with four young children, one of whom who used crutches for mobility, will remain a mystery and the entire family was lost with none of their bodies being recovered.
The Mansion House Fund paid 875.52 Kr (£48) to his parents. 911 Kr (£50) damage claims were paid to his parents plus an additional payment of 350 kr paid 28 June 1917. Wilhelm's father was not satisfied with the damage claims paid by White Star and with an American lawyer had his own private lawsuit against the company and refused to pay the ministry of foreign affairs any payments for their lawyer.
References and Sources
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
Gavin Bell, UK
Leif Snellman, Finland