Mr August Viktor Larsson

Mr August Victor Larsson was born 25 February 1883 in Eskilstuna Fors, Södermanland County, Sweden, to Per August (b. 3 March 1859 in Åker, Södermanland, d. 2 December 1912) and Sofia Wilhelmina Larson (née Olsson; b. 22 April 1859 in Närke, d. 4 December 1895). His parents had married on 7 May 1882.

His brothers and sisters were Elin Olivia (b. 21 October 1887), Sven Adolf (b. 27 December 1889), Ester Wilhelmina (b. 25 December 1891), Helga Sofia (b. 19 December 1893), Carl Julius (b. 7 August 1896), Karin Viktoria (b. 17 June 1899), and John Teodor (b. 13 November 1901).

He married Ingrid Elisabeth Jonsson (b. 15 January 1885 in Adolf Fredrik's parish, Stockholm) on 16 April 1906 and the couple had a daughter, Göta Augusta Fredrika Elisabeth, (b. 8 December 1905 at Eskilstuna Fors).

He had emigrated to the USA 22 March 1907 having left Liverpool, England, 10 April 1907 as a steerage (third class) passenger on the steamship Oceanic. He was described at the time as a married labourer bound for Stamford, Connecticut.    He arrived in the USA on or about 18 April 1907 documents at the time indicated he was 5'5'' tall (he later stated his height in fact was 5'10''), had blond hair and blue eyes and was able to read and write.

He was a factory worker, or perhaps a locksmith (his later stated profession), and had been an employee of the Yale and Towne Mfg. Company in Stamford, Connecticut. Due to his wife's bad health, the family, or, at least his wife and daughter, returned to Eskilstuna, Sweden.

In 1910, his wife and daughter were living in the Kloster parish of Närjeholme, Eskilstuna, in Södermanland County. It was stated Mrs. Larsson's husband, August Viktor, a locksmith, was in the USA at the time of the census. Mrs. And Miss Larsson were living in the household of Axel Fredrik Jonsson, a tinsmith, who may have been a relative of Mrs. Larsson's.

In April 1910, he was listed as Victor rather than August and shown living at 12 West Street, Stamford, Connecticut, working as a married lock maker in the lock works business. He was at the time lodging at the household of Albert Bergquist, who also worked in the lock business (b. ca. 1865 in Sweden), and his wife Hannah, (b. ca. 1863 in Sweden). There were two other lodgers in the household; Sven Olsson, a carpenter (b. ca. 1865), and Olle Blomquist, a tool maker at the lock works (born ca. 1882). All were natives of Sweden.

He applied for US citizenship 28 October 1910 and stated he was living at 14 West Street, Stamford, Connecticut, at the time. He described himself as a lock maker. He had been to Sweden on a year's leave of absence, apparently visiting wife and daughter, and was now going back to Stamford, Connecticut, c/o Olaf/Olof Blomquist, 25 Division Street.

He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third-class passenger. He died in the sinking, his body, if recovered, was never identified.

From the Red Cross files: 250. (Swedish) A locksmith, 29 years old, was lost. His wife and daughter, aged seven, remained in Sweden, where all had gone on a year's leave of absence, granted by his employer when his wife had developed tuberculosis a year before. The wife's father, with whom she now lives, is a tinsmith, earning barely sufficient for the support of his own family. The life insurance of $1,000 fell in arrears a few weeks before his death, and payment was refused. The English Committee awarded £150 to the widow and child. (Referred to the English Committee)

5010.50 Kr (£275) damage claims were paid to his wife and daughter on 28 May 1914.

Elisabeth Larsson's father was, according to letters from the Red Cross in New York only able to support himself, and the family was now "in a state of destitution and was in need of substantial, long-time aid."

The widow's father Axel Jonsson became guardian to his granddaughter Augusta.

 

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Credits

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

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2020) August Viktor Larsson (ref: #962, last updated: 28th June 2020, accessed 6th July 2020 01:16:03 AM)
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