Mrs Agnes Charlotta Sandström

Agnes Sandstrom

Mrs Hjalmar Sandström (Agnes Charlotta Bengtsson), 24, was born 8 November 1887 in Lerbäck, Örebro County, Sweden, to Bengt, a well-to-do merchant born 15 June 1849 at Nörregården, Klöxhult, Pjätteryd, Småland (Kalmar County), and Lovisa Mathilda (nee Eriksson; b. 25 August 1857 at Lerbäck) Bengtsson. Her parents had married 31 January 1876. Her brothers and sisters were Agda Maria, b. 3 February 1876, Alma Lovisa, b. 7 March 1877, Hedvig Elisabeth, b. 3 January 1879, Bengt Erik, b. 27 November 1880, Gustaf Valentin, b. 7 April 1882, Edith Ingeborg Mathilda, b. 25 July 1883, Karl Bernard Mauritz, b. 21 September 1885, Sven Birger, b. 19 October 1889, Paul Hjalmar, b. 2 April April 1892, and Carl Vilhelm Tolv, b. 19 December 1897.

She married Hjalmar Leonard Sandström, an ironworker (b. 21 June 1886 at Forserum, Sweden) on 23 November 1909.

Agnes and her husband had been living in the United States since 1908.  In 1912 they resided at 281, Richland Avenue, San Francisco, California 

They had two daughters Margit (Marguerite) and Beatrice.

Agnes Sandström and her daughters had been visiting her parents in Hultsjö and some friends in Forserum. They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers. They joined a group of Swedish passengers led by Thure Edvin Lundström.

On the Titanic she and the children shared a cabin with Elna and Selma Ström. She told later that she did not believe it was real, when she was woken by a steward after the collision but she had gone up to the boat deck. The Ström family followed Agnes and her children but in the confusion on the aft well deck ladder she lost sight of the Ströms and never saw them again. She stepped with her children into lifeboat 13.

In New York they were sent to St. Vincent Hospital and continued their journey about a week later. She passed Chicago on 30 April. The Sandström family moved back to Sweden for good in the autumn of 1912.

There were at least three sons born to them after their return to Sweden; Vilhelm Leonard, b. 24 February 1913 at Forserum, Jönköping's County, Bengt Alfred, b. 13 December 1916 at Virserum, Kalmar County, and Lars Magnus, b. 9 September 1924 at Virserum. Mrs. Sandström passed away on 1 December 1985 in Sweden, aged 98. She is buried at Klockrike Kyrkogård, Klockrike, Sweden



Marguerite Sandstrom, Agnes Sandstrom and Beatrice Sandstrom in 1962
Dagens Nyheter  (1962) 
Marguerite Sandstrom, Agnes Sandstrom and Beatrice Sandstrom in 1912

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Chicago Daily News (1912) 

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