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, and Sofia Wilhelmina (nee Olsson; she had been born 22 April 1859 in Närke) Larson, who had died 4 December 1895. His parents had married 7 May 1882. His father passed away 2 December 1912.  

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 had married Ingrid Elisabeth Jonsson (b. 15 January 1885) 16 April 1906 and the couple had a daughter, Göta Augusta Fredrika Elisabeth, b. 8 December 1905 at Eskilstuna Fors.

He was a factory worker, or perhaps a locksmith, and had been an employee of the Yale and Towne Mfg. Company in Stamford, Connecticut. He had emigrated to the USA 22 March 1907, apparently taking wife and daughter with him. Due to his wife's bad health, the family returned to Eskilstuna, Sweden. His destination was the home of Olaf/Olof Blomquist, 25 Division Street, Stamford. 

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.

 

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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