Miss Beatrice Irene Sandström

Beatrice Sandstrom

Beatrice Sandström was born in San Francisco, California on 9 August 1910, the daughter of Hjalmar Leonard Sandström (born 21 June 1886 in Forserum, Småland), an ironworker and later a merchant who had emigrated to the USA 11 August 1906 and Agnes Charlotta Sandström (nee Bengtsson; born 8 November 1887 in Lerbäck, Örebro County) who had emigrated to the USA on 5 May 1906.

Beatrice, as well as her sister Margit (born in Chicago, Illinois), were christened in the Methodist Episcopal Church 28 July 1911 in San Francisco.

They boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers.

When the family returned to Sweden, her father bought a shop in Sund, near Forserum in Småland.

Her three brothers were later born in Sweden; Vilhelm Leonard 24 February 1913 in Hultsjö, Jönköpings County, Bengt Alfred 13 December 1916 in Virserum, Kalmar County, and Lars Magnus 9 September 1924, also in Virserum.

In school, her classmates did not know about her Titanic experience and when she mentioned it, few people actually believed her.   She remembered nothing about the trip itself and could only tell what other people had told her, but once said that when she was a child she used to say: "Look, the moon is falling down", perhaps recalling the rockets fired as the ship went down.

Later in life she ran a bakery in Motala, Östergötland, Sweden until she retired. She died 3 September 1995 and is buried at Klockrike Kyrkogård, Klockrike, Sweden.

Pictures

Marguerite Sandstrom, Agnes Sandstrom and Beatrice Sandstrom in 1962
Dagens Nyheter  (1962) 
MARGUERITE SANDSTROM, AGNES SANDSTROM AND BEATRICE SANDSTROM IN 1962
Agnes and Beatrice Sandstrom in 1961
Dagens Nyheter  (1961) 
Marguerite Sandstrom, Agnes Sandstrom and Beatrice Sandstrom in 1912
(1912) 
MARGUERITE SANDSTROM, AGNES SANDSTROM AND BEATRICE SANDSTROM IN 1912
 

Articles and Stories

Chicago Daily News (1912) 
 

Comment and discuss

  1. Glenna Oleson said:

    Very informative, I've been looking for a passenger list. Was thrilled to see yours, first, second and third class, plus a crew list. I would like to research more, especially finding three passengers with my maiden name. I know my grandparents came through England from Sweden via ship also. I'd like to get more info about these three. Their names are Mrs. Hjaalmar Sandstrom (Agnes Charlotta Bengtsson), Miss Beatrice Irene Sandstrom, and Mis Marguerite Rut Sandstrom. All three survived. Incredible. Thanks again. Glenna Oleson Brodhead, Wisconsin

  2. Ashley Zucker said:

    It halps with this asiment that we have to do for my 7th grade classes! My teacher told me about it and it helps soo much! Do you have anymore info on Agnes Sandstrom a 3rd class member of the Titanic? is so please send it to me! Thanks!

  3. Sandra Callaway said:

    This is my first visit it this site. I didn't expect a biographpy on everyone. I am a descendent of Mrs. Hjalmar Sandstrom and her two daughters who were 3rd class passengers and survived by boarding lifeboat 13. My grandfather was a brother to her husband. I had heard stories as a child about the Titanic and my relatives but didn't pay much attention until the movie came out and I found out the stories I heard were true by researching on the internet. If any of my Swedish relatives out there reads this, I would love to hear from them. Sandra Callaway grandaughter of Anton George... Read full post

  4. Sandra Callaway said:

    I just typed a message and made a mistake. I am a grandaughter To Anton George Sandstrom, who is a brother to Hjalmar Sandstrom. Please correct my mistake. Thanks, Sandra Callaway.

  5. Andrew Maheux said:

    Hi, Does anyone know more about this family? They seem interesting. Do any pictures exist of them around Titanic time? Thank You. Andrew Maheux

  6. Andrew Maheux said:

    Sorry, double post A.M.

  7. Jan C. Nielsen said:

    I have a picture of their house in San Francisco. Some guy reported on this board that he had a copy of an interview with Mrs. Sandstrom. I inquired about it, but never heard any more.

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    Shelley Dziedzic said:

    Beatrice in New York with Claes Wetterholm who knows all there is about the Scandinavian passengers.

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  9. Andrew Maheux said:

    Thats a nice picture Shelley, Thank you for sharring it with us. A.M.

  10. Arne Mjåland said:

    I have the obituary about Beatrice Sandstrom from a Swedish newspaper. Andrew and Jan and others contact me on e mail if you want more about Mrs Sandstrom. According to the obituary, the whole family Sandstrom moved back to Sweden in 1912. She lived in Motala at the time of her death.

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    Shelley Dziedzic said:

    Here is Miss Bea where she belongs! New York 1991

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  12. Sandy Callaway said:

    I'm new at this--please be patient with me. I am a descendant of the Sandstroms and I was surprised to see so many people interested in them. Beatrice and Marguerite Sandstrom were my mother's first cousins. Their father (Hjalmar Sandstrom was a brother to my grandfather, George Anton Sandstrom (who was born in Sweden as Anton George Sandstrom.) I grew up hearing stories of my Swedish relatives and the Titanic but was to young to appreciate the history. My mother was born after the Titanic sank and never knew her cousins. Would love to connect by e-mail with any living Swedish relatives... Read full post

  13. Mike Herbold said:

    Sandy: If you read Swedish, you will have to find a copy of Claes-Goran Wetterholm's book, "Titanic". He is the gentleman pictured above with Beatrice, and he used to travel often with her to various Titanic exhibits. There were a few Sandstroms living in San Francisco around 1910-1912, but I'm not sure if they were also related to your uncle Hjalmar. I'm in San Francisco this week, and will contact you when I get home this weekend.

  14. Sandy Callaway said:

    Thank you, Mike, for the information. I don't speak or read Swedish. Grandma certainly spoke enough of it when I was a child. I'd appreciate any information you can give me.

  15. Mike Herbold said:

    Sandy: Please contact me direct, and I will send what I have.

  16. Bob Godfrey said:

    Hallo, Jesseca. In later life Beatrice Sandstrom was never married, and earned her living running a small bakery. I assume you've looked at her biography page here on this website. If not, it's here:

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    JessicaGalbiati said:

    Hey you guys this is going to sound crazy but I full reason to believe I am the reincarnation of Beatrice. I dont know if you all believe in reincarnation, but I do and had a past life dream. Here's my story. My reincarnation dream yes I was a titanic survivor when I was a child in my past life. I was 21 years old when I had my very first reincarnation dream. I always wished I could have an amazing experience such as reincarnation dreams I asked and asked, until one night when I was least expecting it boom! you want it here it is Haha. I fell into the dream much like an Out of body... Read full post

  18. Mark Baber said:

    Moderator's caution: Please tread lightly here. Discussions of reincarnation have, albeit in the distant past, become overly heated. Be respectful of the beliefs of others, even (especially?) if you don't share them. Thanks.

  19. Swede said:

    Hi I just found this page when I was telling some friends about my great aunt that was a Titanic surviver. Reading through these comments I just thought I could add some info (even though I suspect none of the previous posters will see as it has been 22 years since the first post here). My great grandfather was Agnes Sandströms brother. I didn't know my great grandfather but I did meet Agnes several times. My grandmother (Agnes niece) often told us stories of Aunt Agnes (as we all called her), and I would like to share an anecdote about her that is a testimony to her character (which may... Read full post

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Credits

Günter Bäbler, Switzerland
Peter Engberg, Sweden
Leif Snellman, Finland
Claes-Göran Wetterholm, Sweden

References and Sources

Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0 
Search archive British and Irish newspapers online

Link and cite this biography

Encyclopedia Titanica (2018) Beatrice Irene Sandström (ref: #1199, last updated: 7th October 2018, accessed 29th October 2020 19:45:32 PM)
URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/titanic-survivor/beatrice-irene-sandstrom.html