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Elida Olsson

Swedish Titanic Victim

Miss Elida Olsson, 31, was born 26 January 1881 in Östra Nöbbelöv, Kristianstad County, Sweden, to Ola, a fisherman (born 16 July 1845 at Östra Nöbbelöv), and Kjersti Håkansdotter (born 3 July 1844; d. 1894). Her parents had married 4 March 1874.

Her brothers and sisters were in 1890 listed as Nils (b. 5 January 1875), Frans Emil (b. 23 July 1877), Henrik (b. 2 September 1883), Olof (b. 21 May 1886), and Per (b. 22 February 1889). There was also a foster son, Frans Emil Jonsson (b. 25 August 1876) living with the Olsson family.

She moved to the Pauli parish of Malmö 28 October 1904 but returned to her home 27 October 1905. She seems to have moved back to Malmö at some point. In 1910, she lived in the parish of Sankt Johannes in Malmö, working as a maid in the household of Frans Helmer Bertley Petersén, a commercial traveller born 1872 in Stockholm; She had started working there 13 November 1909 and returned to Östra Nöbbelöf on 27 April 1911.

In 1912, she was reportedly living at Södra Brantevik 34, Östra Nöbbelöv, Simrishamn, Sweden and was travelling to her brother Olof Olsson a master builder who lived in St. Paul, Minnesota. She supposedly had planned to do housework for her brother although she was accompanied on the Titanic by her fiancé Thure Lundström (a survivor) whose destination was Los Angeles California, so it is possible that St. Paul was only a temporary destination.

They travelled via Copenhagen and boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third-class passengers.

According to Mr Lundström, he placed the Sandström family in lifeboat 13 and then Elida Olsson in a lifeboat which capsized, since this does not match any lifeboat other than Collapsible B, it is very likely not a true account.

Elina's body was never found.

The Mansion House Fund paid 875.52 Kr (£48) to father. 911 Kr (£50) damage claims paid to father 2 June 1914.

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Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Miss Elida Olsson
Age: 31 years 2 months and 20 days (Female)
Nationality: Swedish
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: in Södra Brantevik, Sweden
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 350407, £7 17s 1d
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Identified

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