Miss Hildur Elisabeth Hirvonen

Hildur Elisabeth Hirvonen

Miss Hildur Elisabeth Hirvonen, 2, was born in Finland on 15th February 1910 as the daughter of Alexander Hirvonen and Helga Elisabeth Lindqvist. She lived in Taalintelidas, Finland. 

Hildur boarded as a third class passenger at Southampton, her ticket cost £12 5s 5d. She was travelling with her mother Helga, uncle Eino Lindqvist and his friend August Abrahamsson. Hildur was destined for 400 Motheral Street, Monessen, Pennsylvania where her father lived. She survived the sinking (lifeboat 15).

She died in the USA in 1959 and is buried at Union Hill Cemetery, Cato, New York.

 

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Hildur Elisabeth Hirvonen
HILDUR ELISABETH HIRVONEN
 

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  1. Andrew Maheux said:

    Does anybody know more about Hildur Hirvonen, did she have any children or get married and when did she died. Ive always been interested in her for some reason. Thank you Andrew Maheux

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    Phillip Gowan said:

    Andrew, Hildur, an only child, never married or had children. She continued to live with her parents at a little, more or less dilapidated farm near Cato, New York all of her adult life. She has a first cousin in Canada who told me that they always loved to visit the Hirvonens because there were chickens and other farm animals to play with and so many old buildings and barns to explore. Although not fancy digs, it was a fun place for the children to visit. When Hildur was in her mid 40's she was diagnosed with cancer and died on April 12, 1956 at the age of 46. Both parents survived her... Read full post

  3. Andrew Maheux said:

    Thanks for the info, thats really sad. regards, Andrew

  4. Arne Mjåland said:

    Philip also writes about Eino Lindquist from Finland in the White Star Journal. He mentions that Eino lived in a state mental institution for years. A stroke took his life at 66, but do anybody know in which town it was, and which date and year he died?

  5. Arne Mjåland said:

    According to the Western Pennsylvania History magazine, an issue two years ago I read this: "Helga Hirvonen claimed to have shared a lifeboat with J. Bruce Ismay, the director of the White Star line". According to ET biography Ismay escaped in collapsible C, and Mrs Hirvonen escaped probably in lifeboat 15.

  6. Arne Mjåland said:

    Philip Gowan wrote an excellent article about the Finland Titanic survivors Hildur and Helga Hirvonen and Eino Lindquist in the Irish Titanic society magazine a couple of years ago. In fact, according to Philip, Lindquist had been lost in America for 60 years.(Found in year 2000) I hope to add a few things to this story, as I have the obituaries about Hildur E. Hirvonen and Eric Hirvonen. Eric was not on the Titanic. He had gone to America a year earlier. From obituary about Hildur: "Hildur E. Hirvonen who lived in the town of Victory 20 years, was a graditute of Porter Junior Highschool... Read full post

  7. Arne Mjåland said:

    There seems to be few details published about Titanic passenger Hildur Hirvonen. The Cato Citizen, Cato N.Y. U.S.A. carried her obituary April 19 1956. According to this she lived in the town of Victory for 20 years, was a graditute of Porter Junior High school and of Central City Business Institute, Syracuse. In the same newspaper was the obituary of her father Eric Hirvonen March 19 1964. He was found dead in his room in the Cato Hotel where he lived by hanging. The hotel owner called the sheriff department to investigate. His daughter Hildur was mentioned as a Titanic survivor. Surviving... Read full post

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Credits

Günter Bäbler, Switzerland
Gavin Bell, UK
Marguerite Rut
Leif Snellman, Finland

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) Hildur Elisabeth Hirvonen (ref: #875, last updated: 28th September 2018, accessed 4th June 2020 10:51:53 AM)
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