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Wilhelm Johansson Skoog

Third class Titanic victim originally from Sweden

Wilhelm Johansson Skoog
Wilhelm Johansson Skoog

Mr Wilhelm Johansson Skoog was born in Forshem, Skaraborg, Sweden on 6 April 1872 to Anders Johan (a crofter born 29 March 1844 in Fullösa, Skaraborg), and Kristina (nee Svensdotter; b. 7 October 1843 in Österplana, Skaraborg) Johansson. His parents had married 22 October 1869. He had two sisters; Anna Natalia (born 13 March 1870 at Forshem), and Maria Lovisa, (born 7 March 1877 at Forshem), and a brother, Karl Gustaf (born 10 December 1882, also at Forshem) who died aged just 5 months (died 16 April 1883).

In 1890 he still lived in Forshem with his family. 

Wilhem was married in Forshem on 5 June 1898 to Anna Bernhardina Karlsdotter (b. 1866).  On 27 October 1899 the couple to Österplana, Hällekis but they did not stay there for very long.

On 25 April 1900 they travelled from Gothenburg to Hull. They then left Liverpool, England on 8 May 1900 as passengers on the steamer Ultonia and arrived in Boston, Massachusetts about 15 May 1900. Mr. Skoog was noted as a labourer and they were both able to read and write. They were bound for 1011 Bullan (or Bukan) Street in Iron Mountain, Michigan, where a friend, John Olsson, lived.  Their last place of permanent residence in Sweden was noted as Österplana (misspelled Östeplana).

They had five children, the four last of whom were all born in Michigan; Johan Erik (born 18 June 1899 at Forshem, died 16 September 1899), Karl Torsten (born 13 July 1900), Mabel C. (born 22 July 1902), Harald V. (born 22 August 1906), and Margit Elizabeth (born 14 April 1910).

In 1910, they lived at 318 West Street in Iron Mountain, listed as the Skogg family. Mr. Skoog was described as a mining fireman and it was stated he was a naturalized citizen of the USA. It is said he had worked at the Pewabic mine as an engineer and it was whilst living and working near the mines that their eldest child Karl was involved in an accident at the railroads which left him with an amputated left leg and compromised right leg with the toes amputated from that foot, leaving him permanently on crutches.

The family left Iron Mountain in 1911 to resettle back in Hällekis, Sweden, but then changed their minds after a few months, and were now going back to Michigan.

Jenny Henriksson and Elin Nathalia Pettersson, his niece (Wilhelm's sister Anna Nathalia was Ellen Nathalia's mother) accompanied the family.

The Skoog family left Gothenburg 5 April 1912 on the steamer Calypso of the Wilson Line and came to Hull, England, 7 April 1912. From there they went to Southampton where they joined the Titanic on 10 April as third class passengers (ticket number 347088 which cost £27, 18s).

''Mr. Skoog sold out his property at Iron Mountain last fall and went to Sweden for a visit. If he liked it there he intended to purchase property and settle in the old country but the ways of his native land seemed slow after having lived so long in America and he decided to return with his family and continue his residence in this country. He sailed on the Titanic and is numbered among the missing.'' — The Diamond Drill, Crystal Falls, Michigan, 27 April 1912, p. 1

How the family coped on the night of the sinking with four young children, one of whom who used crutches for mobility, will remain a mystery and the entire family was lost with none of their bodies being recovered.

The Mansion House Fund paid 875.52 Kr (£48) to his parents. 911 Kr (£50) damage claims were paid to his parents plus an additional payment of 350 kr (about £20) paid 28 June 1917. Wilhelm's father was not satisfied with the damage claims paid by White Star and with an American lawyer had his own private lawsuit against the company and refused to pay the ministry of foreign affairs any payments for their lawyer.

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mr Wilhelm Johansson Skoog
Age: 40 years and 9 days (Male)
Nationality: Swedish
Marital Status: Married to Anna Bernhardina Karlsdotter
Occupation: General Labourer
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 347088, £27 18s
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912)
Body Not Recovered

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The Diamond Drill (27 April 1912) Titanic Disaster Strikes Here 

Bibliography

Claes-Göran Wetterholm (1988) Titanic, Prisma, Stockholm. ISBN 91 518 3644 0
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  1. Laura Melinda Varjo

    Laura Melinda Varjo said:

    Just one quick question-I'm not sure about this-were the Skoogs on deck, all the way up, at Titanic's final moments ? Because I know their relatives Jenny and Ellen were, or Jenny, at least, because her body was recovered. Is there any mention of them from survivors ? Thanks, Laura.

  2. Christian J Cody

    Christian J Cody said:

    It is very unlikely that the made it to the deck in time to board a lifeboat. Their eldest son, 11-year-old Karl, was on crutches and had a hard time getting up the slanting stairs, and his parents had their hands full with the other three children; Mabel, Harald, and Margit, ages 9, 5, and 2. I once saw a family portrait of the Skoogs taken just before Margit was born, and Karl's Accident.

  3. Laura Melinda Varjo

    Laura Melinda Varjo said:

    Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I was just a writing a story about the family for my niece Luca, and that's why I've asked. But, I wrote it as they were trapped in the gangways and never survived. Oh I have that pic of the family, it's in Judith Geller's Women and Children First, on the very last page for the Titanic passengers. Where did you see their picture ? Because I have looked in almost EVERY Titanic documentary film, but never identified them. But,when I received the book two years ago, I nearly flipped out I was so happy I saw the family photo, and of the Anderssons...too bad then 7... Read full post

  4. Michael Ridge

    Michael Ridge said:

    Hello Does anyone know the Skoog family cabin number? If not does anyone know what deck/section of Titanic they were on? Mike

  5. Bob Godfrey

    Bob Godfrey said:

    Very few cabin numbers are known for 3rd Class passengers, especially those who did not survive. The Skoogs would have been located in one of the aft sections of the ship along with other families in 3rd Class. They might have had a 6-berth cabin, but I think it more likely that they occupied a 4-berth, with the four children sharing 2 berths. That was expected where half-fare had been paid for children, and the total cost of the Skoog's ticket suggests that 4 berths had been paid for. There were 4-berth cabins in the 3rd Class sections aft on E, F and G decks. These decks also had... Read full post

  6. Hildur Panula-Heinonen

    Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    i was woundering what happened to Karl.

  7. Debora Skoog

    Debora Skoog said:

    Re: Hello!I am Debora Skoog...a family member of Wilhelm Skoog.I know that my Grandfather lost family on the Titanic and I am now trying to help the family here in Canada piece more information together.My Grandpa and Grandma Skoog have died and we have no way of getting more information as we have lost contact with the family in Sweden.We would love to hear from anyone that could reconnect us or even give us clarification on the relation to the family on the Titanic.My grandfathers name was Otto Skoog his sister in Sweden was Regina and... Read full post

  8. Melinda Laura Varju

    Melinda Laura Varju said:

    Hi everyone. I left my Titanic: Women & Children First book at home (I'm at BYU) so I need a picture of the Skoog family. I have it my book. I've looked everywhere online, but couldn't find them. Can someone please post it possibly on this thread? Or e-mail it to me? I have the one where 3 of the Skoog children-Karl, Mabel, and Harald are on it with thier parents. Thanks so much.

  9. Melinda Laura Varju

    Melinda Laura Varju said:

    He died. Just kidding, well I think it was one frantic of a time for the Skoog family at the sinking. I think Karl had it really bad, the poor little boy. It makes me sick when I think of him dying being overlapped by water on crutches and then drowning. That goes for all of the little children, poor little ones. And we had these children falling, sliding, drowning, what kind of a hell they went through that night. I'm feeling extremely peaceful when I know that they are resting now and are peacful.

  10. Hildur Panula-Heinonen

    Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    i think it's sick to think of how these people died on Titanic, Lusitania, Empress of Ireland and all the other shipwrecks, when they are stuck below deck, and the ship has already sunk.They all know they are about to die, and they have to watch their own deaths and the deaths of their loved ones as the water rises and overtakes them. That's horrible and it happens alot because it takes a while for the entire ship to be filled with water, and many people just have to watch the water pour in around their ankles and wait for death to greet them.

  11. misti skoog

    misti skoog said:

    hi all. i was wondering if anyone had some information on the skoog family that was on the titanic? i was told at my mothers funeral that we are related to them somehow (before this, i didn't even know there were any on the titanic). and i would like to be able to prove this information and use it to help my brothers and i figure out our genealogy. any information at all would help. if they had any brothers and sisters. cousins names. anything at all that would help us 3 kids to kinda find ourselves. thanks all!!

  12. Holly Peterson

    Holly Peterson said:

    The Skoog family consisted of: Wilhelm Skoog, 40 born April 6th 1872; he was the son of Anders Johansson Anna Bernhardina Skoog, 44, born Friday 13th November 1868 Karl Thorsten Skoog, 11, born Friday 13th July 1900 Harald Skoog, 5, — b Wednesday 22nd August 1906 Mabel Skoog, 9, — b Tuesday 22nd July 1902 Margit Elizabeth Skoog, 2, — b Thursday April 15th 1910 Wilhelm Skoog and his family, from Hallekis, Sweden, travelled to the upper Peninsula of Michigan in the late 1800s to work at the Pewabic copper Mine in Iron Mountain. Between 1900 and 1910 the family had four... Read full post

  13. Loree Collins

    Loree Collins said:

    Hello from Tucson--Iam just starting research on the Skoog family as I believe I have a large photo of Mabel and Margit Skoog. Don't ask how amazingly it ended up in Tucson,Arizona and my hands!! Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Loree

  14. Michael H. Standart

    Michael H. Standart said:

    >>Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

  15. Hildur Panula-Heinonen

    Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    Ioree, if you could post the picture, i would be very grateful, or could you e-mail it, if you are able? Here is my address: I wish very much to have a face to these names, Hildur Panula-Heinonen

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Gavin Bell, UK
Peter Engberg-Klarström, Sweden
Leif Snellman, Finland
Claes-Göran Wetterholm

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