Mr Carl Peter Widegren

Mr Carl Peter Widegren was born 6 March 1861 in Högsrums Parish, Kalmar County, Sweden, to worker Johan Gustaf (b. 18 October 1830) and Ingeborg Elisabeth (nee Jaensdotter; b. 24 November 1828 in Algustrum's parish, Kalmar County) Widingren (sic) who had married 23 April 1858 in Algutsrum, Kalmar, Sweden.  His father died 5 November 1888.

Carl married Paulina Gustafva Olsdotter (b. 17 March 1856 at Algutsrum) 29 December 1885 and had two sons by her; Carl Gotthard Ivar, b. 21 May 1887, and Gustaf Gunnar Hugo, b. 6 August 1888.  Tragedy soon struck the small family when Gustaf died 29 August 1888, only three weeks old, and then Paulina died 29 April 1889.

In late 1903, Carl married for a second time to Olga Edith Sutherland, a secretary (b. 1882) in North Shields, England.  He had a son by Edith as well, Charles Edward, b. 5 June 1905 in Tynemouth, England.

Leaving their son in Sweden in the care of Anders Fredrik Carlsson (b. 1852) and his wife Emma Kristina (nee Söderlund, b. 1841), Carl and his wife departed from England aboard Majestic and arrived in New York on 26 September 1906 and settled in Long Island, New York.  They loved at Garfield Avenue, Jamaica South, New York (c/o Mrs. Erickson).

Emma Söderlund, may well have been Charles' grandmother or perhaps an aunt.   It was recorded that he had been born in England to Carl Peter and Edit Olga Söderlund (Sutherland) – it was also noted that the child allegedly had been christened in England. 

In 1912 Carl had been on a visit to Algutsrum, Öland, Sweden, where his son lived at the time and was returning to USA on the Titanic  as a third class passenger. According to a letter from the ministry of foreign affairs, he also owned a house in Algutsrum.

Widegren died in the sinking and his body, if recovered, was never identified.

The Mansion House Fund paid 1329.33 Kr (£73) to the son on 23 January 1913 and 3188.50 Kr (£175) damage claims were paid 10 June 1914. Both sums were held in trust by Mr Carlsson, the son's guardian.

As for Carl's wife Edith, in what must be one of the swiftest remarriages of a Titanic widow, she was remarried on 30 June 1912 in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Her next suitor was a fellow-Swede named Arvid Anders Lybäck (b. 1874), a plasterer. Arvid, a widower with several children, had emigrated in 1891 and Edith was to be his third wife. They lived in Wakefield, Massachusetts and the 1920 census shows that Edith was joined by her son Charles in America for a time. By the 1930s Edith and her husband were living in Columbia, New York; she died there in 1935 and was buried Martindale Cemetery, Martindale, New York. Her widower Arvid took another wife before the close of the decade and remained in New York for the rest of his life before his death on 6 April 1961.

Carl's son, Edward, remained in New York and worked as a carpenter before becoming a writer of fiction under the name Ed Lybeck. He was married in 1933 to Ruth Augusta Larsson (1908-1964) and raised a family and later settled in Los Angeles. He died there on 26 June 1965 and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


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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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(2020) Carl Peter Widegren Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #1299, updated 27th January 2020 16:51:18 PM)