Miss Anna Sofia Sjöblom

Anna Sofia Sjöblom

Anna Sofia Sjöblom was born on 14 April 1894 in Finland the daughter of Gabriel Gustafsson Sjöblom, a woodworker (b. 16 September 1862 at Oravais, Finland) and Johanna (née Nilsdotter; b. 17 July 1867 at Munsala) Gustafsson. Her parents had married 1 June 1890.

She had a brother Andrew John, born 27 January 1904 in Finland (d. 19 December 1979 in Tacoma), and a sister Katharina Johanna, 3 January 1897 (d. 1956).  Another brother, Daniel, was mentioned in the contemporary press, and there may have been other siblings as well.

The family lived in Munsala, Nicolaistad, Vasa County, Finland and it is likely she and her siblings were born there.

Anna was travelling to her father, who had come to the USA in 1904 and who lived in Olympia, Washington.  He was employed by Simpson Timber Company, where her uncle Daniel also worked.

She probably travelled the same way as Jakob Alfred Johanson and Jakob Alfred and Karl Johan Wiklund. Jacob Wiklund was in the same class at school as Anna. They left Hangö on March 30, 1912, however, none of them is on the passenger list for FÅA's Polaris which sailed from Hangö to Hull on April 3.

The group were originally booked on the Adriatic but were transferred when their sailing was cancelled due to the coal strike. Anna did not understand English, so Johanson who had spent a long time in North America helped for her and the Wiklund brothers during the trip.

Anna Sjoblom Titanic Boarding Pass
Anna Sjoblom's boarding pass
Courtesy Phillip Gowan / Alan Gorsuch, USA

She shared a 6-berth cabin (#134) on D-Deck with Velin Öhman amongst others.

14 April 1912 was Anna'a 18th birthday and that night she lay fully clad on her bed when the collision occurred, but she did not care too much since she had been seasick during the whole trip. When she tried to reach the boat deck together with another Finnish girl, they got lost and reached the 2nd class promenade on A deck and had to climb a crew ladder. That was near to the à la Carte restaurant and could see the laid tables through the windows. About 1.30 according to Anna she entered a lifeboat (16). All three of her companions died in the sinking.

After her arrival in New York, she was taken to the Lutheran emigrant home and went a week later by train to Olympia. For part of the trip, she travelled with Oscar Hedman, Berta Nilsson and Carl Olof Jansson from Sweden.

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Anna Sjoblom after her rescue.

Anna married Anton Nils Peterson on 7 October 1913, in Pierce County, Washington. She had two children with Mr Peterson; Evelyn Eleanor, b. 9 August 1914 (d. 1999), and Harold William, b. 14 April 1916.

Her mother and brother came to the USA in 1915.

She was divorced by 1920, living at 936 (?) South East Street in Tacoma, and was noted as a hotel seamstress.

She later married John Gordon Kincaid, an electrician b. 12 March 1889 in Colorado, on 18 July 1923, in King County, Washington.

The two children did not live with her in 1920, but they lived with her and Mr Kincaid in 1930.

Anna Sjoblom Kincaid 1929
Anna Kincaid in 1929

She became a widow on 4 May 1954 and in 1956 moved to 1220 South Jefferson St. Olympia.

She passed away on 3 November 1975, aged 81.

Notes

Wetterholm (1996) gives the date of birth as 1892, Anna's gravestone gives the dates 1894-1975.
 

Pictures

Anna Sjoblom in 1962
(1962) 
ANNA SJOBLOM IN 1962
Titanic Survivors in New York
St Louis Post-Dispatch  (1912) 
TITANIC SURVIVORS IN NEW YORK
Scandinavian Survivors
Racine Journal Times  (1912) 
SCANDINAVIAN SURVIVORS
Anna Sjoblom
Tacoma Daily Ledger  (1912) 
ANNA SJOBLOM
Anna Sjoblom in the 1930s
ANNA SJOBLOM IN THE 1930S
 

Articles and Stories

Tacoma News Tribune (1975) 
(1975) 
Chicago Daily Tribune (1912) 
Chicago Tribune (1912) 
Chicago Tribune (1912) 
 

Comment and discuss

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    Antiscamp said:

    I have found something relating to I find that you can see her cabin number in the image. It is to the lower right of the big right hand... Read full post

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  2. Ioannis Georgiou said:

    The cabin given to her was changed because she changed the ship. She actually was going with the Adriatic but her sailing was cancelled and she was transferred to Titanic. Her cabin was at the stern on D Deck, Section O, Cabin 134, Bed No. 4.

  3. Ioannis Georgiou said:

    Using the Deck Plan from Bruce Beveridge I have marked here her cabin, which was for 6 people. The cabin was close to the 3rd class staircase (and to the only 2 bathtubs for the 3rd class passengers).

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    Antiscamp said:

    Thank you. It is quite cool indeed to find her cabin and also to clearly know one of her cabin mates!

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    B-rad said:

    I just visited her grave (respectfully) and have been doing a lot of research of her lately as literally she lived in my neighborhood. I plan on doing an in depth research article and possibly a documentary of her life. I ask anyone who has any relations or info to contact me. I will only do the paper or doc. If its done true and legitimately. I've never visited a grave of a person from titanic and to say that it didn't make me respect my obligation as a researcher would be a lie.

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    Antiscamp said:

    Hey! I'm not related to Anna Sjöblom, but I'm related to one of her travelling companions, Alfred Bonäs (in my profile pic) and come from Anna's home area. My older relateives around here, in fact, remember Anna Sjöblom very well, because she came home to visit Finland at about 1970 (she died in -75), and made a lasting impression. There's an interview Anna made with Finnish State Media, YLE, in 1970. It's in Swedish (or Swenglish, actually, because Anna had forgotten much of her Swedish during the time in America) that you can listen to here:... Read full post

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    B-rad said:

    Thanks, so very much, that is awesome! I appreciate it! Perhaps we can talk more later about Alfred and her home area. Any help will be well mentioned in my report or doc. Got to run for now, but just wanted to say thank!

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    B-rad said:

    Will need a translation for sure lol. It's amazing to have a recording of her voice. I have so many questions, but I will write you what I have so far in a message and some questions. I really want to do a documentary film so this project will take a while, so please bare with me. I am trying to get a hold of family that still lives here also. Like I said long process! ☺

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    B-rad said:

    Honoring a survivor.

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Credits

Gavin Bell, UK
Günter Bäbler, Switzerland
Peter Engberg, Sweden
Alan Gorsuch, USA
Phillip Gowan, USA
Leif Snellman, Finland
Jenny Wallen, USA (Great, great niece of Anna Sofia Sjoeblom)
Claes-Göran Wetterholm, Sweden

References and Sources

Tacoma Daily Ledger, 14 April 1929
Tacoma News Tribune, 7 November 1975, Obituary
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Certificate Of Death
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996) Titanic. Rabén, Stockholm
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2020) Anna Sofia Sjöblom (ref: #1218, last updated: 16th March 2020, accessed 30th November 2020 04:08:41 AM)
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