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Oskar Leander Johansson Palmquist

Oskar Leander Johansson Palmquist
Oskar Leander Johansson Palmquist

Oscar Leander Johansson Palmquist, 26, was born 26 July 1885, the son of Knut Johansson and Mathilda Abrahamson. He came from Kvarnaryd, Villastad parish, near Smålands stenar, Småland, Sweden.

Oskar was, according to a British list, on his way from home to siblings on a farm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but according to Gothenburg police he was on his way to New Haven, Conecticut, the latter address probably correct as he in a later letter given New Haven as his address.

He booked his ticket in the name Johansson and boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger ; he was rescued.

Oscar L. Johansson had since an age of 13 years problems with his knee, according to some information the wounded knee came worse after the catastrophe. He wrote to the Swedish consulate in New York and asked for further support, because he had to take a loan before he could start to work and as he wrote on 29 August 1912 " I have started working, but I'm not got my full strength back and I'll never be what I was before" He noticed that he had lost everything in the accident and " I came nude to N.Y., Where I got some clothes and the things I needed most". The consulate however answered that he had got enough already and that he probably had been denied to stay in USA had he been examined the usual way. No further correspondence took place.

The Red Cross assistance committee gave him $200 in April 1912.

Oscar Leander Johansson lived the rest of his wife near his siblings in Bridgeport, Connecticut and worked as a tool maker. He never married but was murdered by the husband (or boyfriend) of the woman he was having an affair with. Contemporary reports at the time of his death which appeared in the New York Times and Bridgeport Post called the death an accident.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Oskar Leander Johansson Palmquist
Age: 26 years 8 months and 20 days (Male)
Nationality: Swedish
Last Residence: in Kvarnaryd, Småland, Sweden
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 347070, £7 15s 6d
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Friday 27th March 1925 aged 39 years
Cause of Death:
Buried: Mt. Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

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References and Sources

State of Connecticut Certificate of Death
American Red Cross (1913) Emergency and Relief Booklet
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
New York Times, April 19, 1925, Titanic Disaster Survivor Drowns in a Shallow Pond
Bridgeport Post (Connecticut), April 20, 1925, Drowning of Palmquist is an Accident
Bridgeport Post (Connecticut), April 20, 1925, Death Notice
Connecticut Post, 14 April 1998

Research Articles

Titanica! (2017) Titanic Survivors' Untimely Deaths
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Newspaper Articles

New York Times (19 April 1925) Titanic Disaster Survivor Drowns in a Shallow Pond
Bridgeport Post (20 April 1925) DROWNING OF PALMQUIST IS AN ACCIDENT
Bridgeport Post (21 April 1925) Funeral of Oscar Palmquist


Oskar Palmquist

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(1925) Oskar Leander Johansson Palmquist (Death Certificate)
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  1. Brian Jackett

    Brian Jackett said:

    Oscar Palmquist The following announcement appeared in the New York Times, 19th April 1925 Question: It would not be possible to swim for HOURS in icy... Read full post

  2. Arne Mjåland

    Arne Mjåland said:

    Discussion Titanic passenger lawbreakers. Why not turn the other way around as well and find out how many survivors were victims to crimes from others? In Connectitut Post there is an interesting article about Oscar Palmquist April 14 1998. He was in March 1925 found dead in a pond in Bridgeport. At that time police and others claimed it was an accident, but probably was Palmquist murdered.

  3. Jan C. Nielsen

    Jan C. Nielsen said:

    How do you know he was murdered?

  4. Phillip Gowan

    Phillip Gowan said:

    Hey Jan, The allegations of murder come from present-day descendants of Palmsquist's brother Amandus and sister-in-law Gertrude. During the Cameron movie hoopla, there was a big feature article (the one Arne mentioned) in Connecticut in which the Palmquist relatives were interviewed and that is when the information really became public although they had been talking about it for years. Supposedly he was murdered by another guy over some woman and tossed into a pond. Regards, Phil

  5. Jan C. Nielsen

    Jan C. Nielsen said:

    Thanks for that, Phil.

  6. Fernando alvarado

    Fernando alvarado said:

    I have a news paper article from bridgeport post in 1925 that explain where the theory that oskar was murdered came from oskar pastor. oskar was a member of the evangelical lutheran salem church in Bridgeport connecticut. It was Rev. A.J. Okerblom who thought oskar was murdered. As to wether it was a jelous husband that theory didnt cime untill much later

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    Encyclopedia Titanica said:

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