Mr Thure Edvin Lundström was born on 8 March 1880 in Gislöf, Östra Nöbbelöv, Kristianstad (Skåne), Sweden.
He was the son of Nils Olof Lundström and Ingrid Olsdotter (b. 1850) and had five known siblings: Olof (b. 1871), Mathilda (b. 1872), Johanna (b. 1873), Johan Anton (b. 1876) and Viktor Sigfrid (b. 1882).
A carpenter and fervently religious man, Lundström reportedly emigrated around 1900 to California 1 and spent time in China between 1905 and 1911 as a missionary, learning to speak at least one Chinese language. Just before the "Boxer-rebellion" he returned to Sweden and in 1912 was travelling with his fiancée Elina Olsson to Los Angeles, California. They travelled via Copenhagen and boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers. Among their party were Mrs Sandström and her two daughters and Mrs Hulda Klasén and her party, Klas and Gertrude Klasén and Hulda Veström, all of whom were travelling to California.
Lundström told that when the ship was sinking he had placed members of his group, including his fiancée, in lifeboats but these had all capsized before he jumped into the water and was rescued by a passing lifeboat. While this cannot be disproved it is more likely that he simply got into a lifeboat (probably 15) on the starboard side where Officer Murdoch was letting men board. Few of the party he was with survived and his fiancée was among the lost.
In New York Lundström was quartered at St. Vincent Hospital and made his way to Chicago, Illinois with other Scandinavian survivors but eventually settled in Los Angeles.
He was married in Los Angeles on 31 December 1913 to a fellow Swede, Signe Louise Petersson (b. 25 August 1888). They initially lived in Los Angeles before spending a portion of time before the 1920s in Chicago, resettling permanently by the time of the 1920s in California and appearing there on census records from 1920 through to the 1940. Lundström never returned to Sweden and he became a naturalised US citizen in 1919, working at various times as a barrel maker, parquet floor layer and painter. He and his wife had four children: Enez Mathilda (1915-2001, later Mrs Morris Simon Kasperson), Louis Daniel (1917-2000), Helen Elisabeth (1919-2003, later Mrs Stanley Frederic Peterson) and Ingrid Sylvia (1927-2006, later Mrs Carl Sigurd Wikström).
Edvin Lundström died suddenly following a stroke while on a carpentry job in Las Vegas, Nevada on 10 October 1942. His widow was never remarried and remained in Los Angeles for the rest of her life where she died on 5 September 1976.
Articles and Stories
Chicago Daily News (1912)
Peter Engberg-Klarström, Sweden
Phillip Gowan, USA
Leif Snellman, Finland
Claes-Göran Wetterholm, Sweden
- Census reports state he emigrated in 1912. Ellis Island records indicate that he had arrived in the US at Boston in 1903 aboard the Ivernia, then described as a labourer and bound for the home of a friend in Chicago.
References and SourcesState Of Nevada Standard Certificate Of Death
Unidentified Newspaper (Las Vegas), October 12, 1942, Obituary
Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988, 1996, 1999) Titanic. Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0