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Antti Wiljam Sihvola

Antti Wiljam Sihvola 1 was born in Ruotsinpyhtää in southern Finland around 1891. Little else is known about his background.

In Uusimaa on 30 March 1912, Sihvola obtained a passport to travel to the USA, intending to settle in Mountain Home, Idaho, where he had family, friends and a job awaiting him.2

Among the list of passengers aboard the Titanic was one, Andrew Sihvola, a young man of Finland, who was enroute to Mountain Home where he was to have received employment with Mr. A. Honga, an old friend of Mr. Sihvola’s father.” — Elmore County Republican, 4 May 1912

Antti Sihvola died in the sinking; his body, if recovered, was never identified.

A Matti Sihvola and his wife were the beneficiaries of £75 from the Mansion House Titanic relief fund. These may have been Antti Sihvola's parents, but this is not firmly established.  £50 was also paid in compensation by the White Star Line.

Notes

  1. His name is frequently listed as “Antti Wilhelm Sivola”; the spelling “Antti Wiljam Sihvola” derives from his passport application. Contemporary Finnish newspapers confirm the spelling as Sihvola.
  2. “A. Honga” was Andrew Honga (1854-1917), originally of Ruotsinpyhtää, who had come to the USA in 1890 and settled with his family in Elmore County, Idaho, where he operated a sheep farm.

References and Sources

Heinolan Sanomat, 20 April 1912, Titanic'In haaksirikko [Titanic's Shipwreck]
Elmore County Republican, 4 May 1912, Additional Local news
Wiipuri, 1 April 1913, Awustukset "Titanic" Rahastosta [Contributions from the "Titanic" fund]
Västra Nyland, 28 April 1914, Understöden åt Titanic offrens familjer [Support for Titanic victims' families]
Jarno Linnolahti & Elisabeth Uschanov (2013) Sunken Dreams: The Finns aboard the Titanic, Siirtolaisuusinstituutti Migrationsinstitutet

Miscellaneous

Alan Virta (2012) Antti Wilhelm Sivola
A local newspaper in Idaho reveals why Antti Wilhelm Sivola was coming to America aboard the Titanic.
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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Antti Wiljam Sihvola
Age: 21 years (Male)
Nationality: Finnish
Occupation: General Labourer
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 3101280, £7 18s 6d
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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