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The burns her daughter suffered, delayed Elna Stroms departure for America, and placed them on the Titanic   3 comments

Name: Elna Matilda Ström (Persson)

Born: Thursday, August 3, 1882

Age: 29 years

3rd Class passenger

First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday, April 10, 1912

Ticket No. 347054, £10 9s 3d ($15.88)

Died in the sinking/Body Not Recovered

Wilhelm Strom (Elna Matilda Persson), 29, was born August 3, 1882. Her parents were Per Ulrik and Kristina Persson from Södermanland, Sweden. Elna Strom was Swedish-American, she married Wilhelm Strom and the couple lived at 3905 Grapevine Street, in Indiana Harbour, Indiana.

Elna Strom boarded the Titanic at Southampton with her daughter, Selma Matilda Strom (Thelma) and her brother Ernst Ulrik Persson. (Her father spelled her name Thelma (or Telma) but newspapers and the White Star line spelled it Selma.) Elna & Selma had been visiting her parents in Sweden. A few days before the trip Selma burned her hand with hot water, so they had to postpone the trip home in order for her burns to heal. That delay put them on the Titanic. Onboard Selma had to visit the nurse daily to have her bandages changed.

While the ship was sinking, the Stroms made their way up to the boat deck, but they came too late to get on any of the lifeboats. At 02.15 a.m. they were all seen on the deck when there was a violent lunge and Ernst lost his grip and never saw them again.

Sadly, both Elna and Telma died in the sinking, and Elna Strom’s body was never found. Her brother, Ernst was rescued.

The Mansion House Fund paid 874.08 Kr (£48) to Elna’s parents on January 23, 1913. They also received financial relief from the American Red Cross.

Case number 437.(Swedish). A wife, 29 years of age and daughter of 3 were returning from a visit to relatives, were drowned. They were accompanied by her brother, who was saved. The husband, employed in a steel mill in Indiana, was terribly shocked and distressed by his loss. He spent his savings in coming to New York to search for his wife, and in assisting his brother-in-law who did not immediately secure work. Later he suffered a severe injury and required hospital treatment for several weeks. ($500).

Elna’s husband travelled to New York to try to identify his daughter among the children who survived the sinking. When he was unable to find her, he was joined by his brother-in-law, Ernst Persson and they travelled back to Indiana together. Wilhelm found Ernst a job at Standard Forgings, where Wilhelm worked as an ironworker.

Wilhelm Strom wrote on June 20, 1912 to the consulate in New York asking for help.

“Because I would like to have the case up to court as soon as possible so that I could in my despair got some compensation for the fact that I have lost everything I owned” The consulate asked him to contact the Red Cross.

The size of damage claims paid to Wilhelm Strom is unknown.

Elna Strom and unidentified family member

Elna Strom and unidentified family member


The Skoog family left America for their homeland, but quickly decided they wanted to go back   Leave a comment

Name: Wilhelm Skoog

Born: Saturday, April 6, 1872

Age: 40 years

Last Residence: Hällekis, Västergötland, Sweden

Occupation: General Laborer

3rd Class passenger

First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday, April 10, 1912

Ticket No. 347088, £27 18s ($42.87)

Destination: Iron Mountain, Michigan

Died in the sinking/Body Not Recovered


Wilhelm Skoog was a mining engineer living in Sweden. He was married to Anna and they had four children: Harald, Karl, Mabel and Margit.

Shortly after their wedding, Wilhem and Anna moved to the United States and lived in Iron Mountain, Michigan. William was an engineer at Pewabic mine. The family left iron Mountain in 1911 but after a few months they decided to return to Michigan.

They travelled through Stockholm, Gothenburg and Hull, before boarding the Titanic at Southampton. Sadly, the entire family died in the disaster. Only Jenny’s body was recovered.

The Mansion House Fund paid 875.52 Kr (£48) to Wilhelm’s parents. Wilhelm’s father was not satisfied with the amount paid by White Star and hired an American lawyer and filed a lawsuit against the company. He then refused to pay the ministry of foreign affairs for their lawyer.


Family members travelling on the same ticket:

Anna Bernhardina Skoog, age 43

Karl Thorsten Skoog, age 11

Harald Skoog, age 5

Mabel Skoog, age 9

Margit Elizabeth Skoog, age 2

The Sage Family were on their way to their pecan farm in Florida   1 comment

The Sage Family

The Sage Family

Name: Mr. John George Sage

Born: 1867

Age: 44 years

Last Residence: in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England

Occupation: Tradesman

3rd Class passenger

First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday, April 10, 1912

Ticket No. 2343 , £69 11s

Destination: Jacksonville, Florida

Died in the sinking/Body Not Recovered


John George Sage, 44, was born in London in 1867. When he was young, he worked at a number of jobs which included corn grinder, theater usher, bartender and baker.

He married Annie Elizabeth Cazaly, of the same age, on November 2, 1890. The couple went on to have 9 children: Stella Anne Sage, born 1891, George John Sage, born 1892, Douglas Bullen Sage, born 1894, Frederick Sage, born 1895, Dorothy Florence Sage, born 1897, Anthony William Sage, born 1899, Elizabeth Ada Sage, born 1901, Constance Gladys Sage, born 1904 and Thomas Henry Sage, born 1907. Two other children died as babies.

Near the turn of the century, the family lived in the Norfolk area, where John was the landlord of several public houses. Some years later, the family purchased a bakery on Gladstone Street in Peterborough.

John and his oldest son, George, had come to Canada to work as dining car attendants for the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was during this time in Canada that John visited Florida and loved It so much he sent the following postcard:


“Date illegible 1911

My Dear have found a lovely plot of land, Jacksonville is quite the most wonderful of places. I count the days until I’m home with my dear ones.

Your loving husband



They decided to relocate the entire family to Jacksonville, Florida. John put a deposit on a farm there, where he intended to grow pecans. He returned to England in 1911, to prepare for the move to Jacksonville. George stayed in Florida and was engaged to a local girl there. In 1912 he too returned to England to settle some business.

John’s enthusiasm was not shared by Annie, having a fear of water since her daughter Dorothy had fallen into a well and almost drowned.

John sent the family piano and other furniture ahead with over £1,000 to pay off the balance on the farm.

The entire family boarded the Titanic at Southampton on ticket number CA.2343 on April 10, 1912. There are reports that place the family on the boat deck shortly before the Titanic went down.  Apparently Stella had gotten into a lifeboat, but got back out when she realized that her other family members were not going to be able to join her.

Sadly, the entire Sage family died in the sinking. Of the 11 family members, only the body of Will, age 13, was recovered.

The body of Will Sage was recovered by the MacKay Bennett, as #67 and was buried at sea on April 22, 1912. The notes from this recovery stated:


NO. 67. – MALE. – ESTIMATED AGE, 14. – HAIR, MEDIUM. CLOTHING – Grey suit (knickers); striped shirt; black boots and stockings. NO MARKS ON BODY OR CLOTHING. THIRD CLASS TICKET. WILL SAGE on ticket, List No. 20, Berth 126.


It is not known what became of their farm in Florida. When John’s estate went through probate in Peterborough on May 25, 1912 his effects came to £347 which went to his sister, Mary Ann Perrin.


Family members travelling on the same ticket:


Annie Elizabeth Sage, age 44

Stella Anne Sage, age 20

George John Sage, age 19

Douglas Bullen Sage, age 18

Frederick Sage, age 16

Dorothy Sage, age 14

Anthony William Sage, age 12

Elizabeth Ada Sage, age 10

Constance Gladys Sage, age 7

Thomas Henry Sage, age 4



Benjamin Peacock, an engineer, sent for his family to join him in America   Leave a comment

Name: Alfred Edward Peacock
Born: Friday, September 8, 1911
Age: 7 months and 7 days
3rd Class passenger
First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday, April 10, 1912
Ticket No. 3101315, £13 15s 6d  ($20.66)
Destination: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Died in the sinking/Body Not Recovered


Alfred Edward Peacock was the son of Benjamin Peacock, an engineer, and Edith Peacock. His father had already moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1911 and he had sent for the rest of the family to join him via the Titanic.

Alfred, only 7 months old, travelled on Titanic with his mother & sister, Treasteall Peacock. Sadly, he was lost in the sinking, along with his mother and sister.  Their remains, if recovered, were never identified.

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)
Edith Peacock, age 26
Treasteall Peacock, age 3

Alfred Edward Peacock

The Peacock family was aboard Titanic to re-join their father, already working in America.

Eino Panula was travelling to America to join his father, working at the coal mines of Pennsylvania   Leave a comment

Name: Eino Viljam Panula
Born: Friday, March 10, 1911
Age: 1 year old
Last Residence: Finland
3rd Class passenger
First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday, April 10, 1912
Ticket No. 310129, £39 13s 9d  ($61.97)
Destination: Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Died in the sinking/Body Not Recovered


Eino Viljami Panula, 1 year old, was the son of Juha and Maria Panula. He boarded the Titanic at Southampton with his mother and 4 brothers. They were travelling to Coal Centre near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to join their father, who was already working in the coal mines there.

Sadly, Eino died in the sinking, as did his entire family. In 2002, an identification of body #4 was made and the researchers believed it was his body.  The body, recovered by the MacKay Bennett, was determined to actually belong to Sidney Goodwin in 2007. Therefore, his remains, if recovered, were never identified.

Family members travelling on the same ticket:
Maija Emelia Abrahamintytar Panula, age 41
Jaako Arnold Panula, age 14
Ernesti Arvid Panula, age 16
Juha Niilo Panula, age 7
Urho Abraham Panula, age 2


Eino Viljam Panula

Eino Panula in a photo taken before boarding the Titanic

While their father waited on their arrival in America, the Palsson family perished during the sinking   Leave a comment

Name: Stina Viola Palsson

Born: Friday, June 19, 1908

Age: 3 years old

Last Residence: Sweden

3rd Class passenger

First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday, April 10, 1912

Ticket No. 349909 , £21 1s 6d  ($33.36)

Destination: Chicago, Illinois

Died in the sinking/Body Not Recovered


Stina Viola Palsson, 3 years old, was travelling to Chicago with her mother Nils Palsson and siblings Torborg, Paul, and Gosta. They were to join their father, Nils, who had moved to the United States two years before the rest of the family. The Palsson’s boarded the Titanic at Southampton.

Sadly, the whole family died in the sinking, and their bodies, if recovered, were never identified. Hopefully the family was able to stay together until the very end.


Family travelling on the same ticket:

Alma Cornelia Palsson, age 29

Gosta Leonard Palsson, age 2

Paul Folke Palsson, age 6

Torborg Danira Palsson, age 8


Palssons family photo

Palssons family photo

Posted April 4, 2012 by Joni in Uncategorized

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3rd class passengers aboard Titanic have the lowest survival rate   Leave a comment

Titanic had 2214 passengers on board for her ill-fated maiden voyage.  Of those 2214 passengers, only 705 survived.. that is only a 31% survival rate!

Of those passengers, 699 were 3rd class or steerage passengers.  Sadly, only 172 of those passengers survived, a staggering 527 people lost their lives that night.  The survival rate of a steerage person was around 25%.  The 3rd class passengers were the hardest hit as far as deaths are concerned.

There were 440 men in 3rd class, and of those only 59 survived. 381 men lost their lives on the ship, a shocking survival rate of only 13%.

There were 179 women in steerage.  88 of these women survived, leaving 91 who succumbed to the icy waters of the north Atlantic.

There were 80 children in steerage, with only 25 of them surviving.  55 children died in the tragedy.  They ranged in age from 4 months up. The thought of a 4 month old baby plunging into those freezing waters, is horrific.

Because there were so many 3rd class passengers, I am going to concentrate on the youngest victims, and in a few cases, the family they traveled with.