Mr Karl Johan Salander was born on 25 July 1887 1 in Edlsberga, Halland, Sweden.
He was the son of Magnus Salander (b. 1849) and Kerstin 2 Persson (b. 1855) who had married around 1881. His known siblings were: Kerstin (b. 29 Nov 1881), Ernest Gustaf (b. 1891), Magnus (b. 1896) and Erik Rudolf (b. 1901). His family later moved from Edlsberga to Tjärby, Halland and lived at 3 Daggarp, Genevad and his father is believed to have died around 1902. Karl was a gardening student and had studied to that end in England and Germany.
Karl's brother Gustaf had emigrated in 1911, later living at 1906 West Main Street in Red Wing, Minnesota. Karl left Tjärby and travelled via Malmö and boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger intent on joining him there. He travelled under ticket number 7266 which cost £9, 6s, 6d.
Salander died in the sinking, his body, if recovered, was never identified.
The Mansion House Fund paid 874.08 Kr (£48) to his mother. A further 1366.50 Kr (£75) damage claims were paid to his mother on 29 May 1914. After his death Kerstin had asked for aid from the fund but the "Halland County Sheriff" wrote to ministry for foreign affairs that she wasn't in need of any help. Even so £48 was paid via the local vicar. What became of his mother is not clear but it is believed she died around 1922.
His brother in America, Gustaf, a florist, later moved to Wisconsin where he married a lady named Sophia Nelson (1889-1954) and they had a son named Leon (b. 1930). Gustaf died in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1973.