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August Edvard Wennerström (Andersson)

Birthplace: Skåne, M-län, Ystad, Sweden
Death: Died in Culver, Indiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Knut Andersson and Elna Månsdotter
Husband of Selma Johanna Haglund and Naomi Wennerstrom
Father of Knut August Hans Haglund; Leo Edvard Wennerstrom; <private> Gibbons (Wennerstrom); <private> Wennerstrom; Billy R Wennerstrom and 3 others
Brother of Bertha Andersson

Occupation: journalist, typographer and socialist activist, Typografelev bosatt i Ystad år 1900.
Managed by: Private User
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About August Edvard Wennerström (Andersson)

Mr August Wennerström

  • Born: Thursday 24th April 1884
  • Age: 27 years
  • Last Residence: in Ystad Sweden
  • 3rd Class passenger
  • First Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
  • Ticket No. 350043 , £7 15s 11d
  • Destination: Chicago Illinois United States
  • Rescued (boat A)
  • Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
  • Died: Wednesday 22nd November 1950

August var typograf och mycket aktiv journalist.

Fadern August:

August och Selma var inte gifta när hon blev gravid. För att undgå skam lämnade hon deras son Knut till en änglamakerska. När August fick reda på detta rusade han i sista stund till sin sons räddning. Knut blev sedemera uppfostrad av sin faster.

Vänsteräventyraren August:

August hette ursprungligen Andersson och som sådan var han känd i det radikala socialistiska Sverige. Han var god vän med Kata Dahlström, aktiv bland ungsocialisterna. År 1905 var han med att utge en tidskrift som fick namnet "Gula faran" och fick därefter öknamnet Gula faran. Denna tidskrift kallade bl.a. Oscar II flr "tjyvarnas konung". Detta misshagade myndigheterna och tidskriften beslagtogs med åtal som följd men blev inte själv åtalad. Han blev ovän med "Pamparna" för hans åsikters skull vilket gjorde att han emigrerade. Han köpte biljetten i Köpenhamn och för att dölja sin identitet tog han sin gode vän och sedemera försvarsministern Ivar Vennerströms namn, men med stavelsen Wennerström. Ett faryg skulle avgå 10 April 1912 från Southampton och köpte så biljett.

Emigranten och Titanic överlevaren August

August blev kvar intill slutet på Titanic. En livbåt kom som ett mirakel ifrån ovan till deras undsättning i sista stund. En återskildring av hans berättelse i Nordstjernan den 23 April 1912.

" Titanic sjönk alltmera och till slut då ovänsendet, bönerna, gråtandet och nödropen voro som värst upptäcktes ännu en livbåt hopfällbar ovan kommandobryggan. Några ur besättningen drog ner den i första klass däck. i samma andetag brusade vattnet i ohejdbar styrka in i första klass hytter och inom en minut slog en väldig bölja över Titanics öfversta däck och c:a 1600 personer spolades över bord. Jag och några kamrater kastades upp på den nyss nedtagna lifbåten som jag nu då vattnet i detsamma sköljde över däck lösgjorde fören, strax efter blef den även lösgjord i aktern och nästa bölja förde oss bland fartygets fyra skorstenar. Titanic fortsatte att sjunka, skorstenarna fylldes av vatten och pannorna exploderade och med en kraft slungades vi ut i vida havet. Utan att kunna fatta situationer ser vi Titanic resa sig rakt upp med fören djupt ner i vattnet och aktern med sina 5 -ton propellrar rakt upp i vädret"

August Edvard anlände till Ellis Island 1912. Han var då 28 år gammal.

Han ankom till Ellis Island den 18 juni.

Flertal artilkas finna att läsa.

läs vidare:art. 47 "gula faran på Titanic".

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August barn i USA Culver och Ann beskriver hans upplevelser på Titanic och livet i USA

"This is the Chicago paper in 1912,” said Culver Wennerstrom.

Ninety five years to the day after an iceberg sliced through the dreams of more than 1,500 souls, the memories are flooding back in Mishawaka for Culver Wennerstrom and his sister, Ann.

Their father, August, stood proud on the docks at Southampton that day, ready to begin a new life.

"He'd been a newspaper reporter,” Culver said.

"He was promised a job in Chicago on the newspaper. That's the reason he come over," Ann Gibbons, August’s daughter, said.

"She was the greatest of all ships," the wide-eyed 28-year-old wrote in his diary on April 10, 1912, "with all modern comforts and every pleasure of a large city.”

"At midnight, she begins descending to her ocean grave," he wrote on April 14.

Despite the fact that he spoke no English, August sprang into action, helping women and children into lifeboats.

On April 15 at 2:20 a.m., he wrote, "The ship's keel hits the icy water."

Six hours later, August awoke. Numb, but alive.

"When he came to, he was floating on three bodies — dead bodies," Ann said.

"He said his feet were so cold, he couldn't even tell he had any," Culver said.

Still, he refused to give up hope. He began helping others into nearby lifeboats. Sadly, many of his struggles were in vain.

"It was just so cold that her hand slipped out of his and as they did, her ring come off and landed in the boat. Well, that ring is now in Germany on display," Ann said.

But August Wennerstrom's true legacy was just beginning.

Little did August know that stop in Indiana would shape the rest of his life.

At the Culver Public Library, Jeff Kenney is watching the pages grow. Some tell of a ship — the RMS Carpathia, refuge from certain death to 705 passengers, now once again bound for New York.

Others tell of the train August boarded at Grand Central Station headed for Chicago with one stop along the way that would change his life forever.

"He went to Culver to tell some people that their family had drowned. When he went to get off the train, the academy people were there waiting on a man named Leo. Well, this guy that was supposed to come never showed up, and they thought my dad was Leo," Ann said.

Of course, he wasn't. But he soon would be.

Ten years later, "Leo" Wennerstrom had become the superintendent of all buildings and grounds at Culver Military Academy — a post he held proudly for nearly 30 years.

Each year, he spoke to vast crowds of eager students, recounting the voices of those he helped save — and those who rest forever — in a watery grave.

Ninety-five years after those voices were quieted, there's now nothing but peace and quiet at the Culver Masonic Cemetery where August and his wife now rest. No more stories, no more talks. But there is still a piece of Titanic history alive in Culver.

Just down the road from where Culver and Gibbons grew up, Rosemary Weaver still stands guard over a secret 60 years in the making.

"Here's the story of Nils Paulson," Kenney said.

In 1945, Rosemary watched as the man August Wennerstrom had sought to find in Culver 33 years before wept as he planted four seedlings in her yard. Their branches today reaching up to heaven to touch his wife and three children, 95 years after they left Sweden to follow him to America.

They died just yards from August Wennerstrom in the icy North Atlantic. Five lives, once intertwined by heritage, now forever bonded by tragedy. Five lives out of 1,500 who couldn't be saved.

"To make a life worth living," August once wrote, "all it takes is hard work. If you do your duty, God will help you. This is a truth that no one should forget."

Today, that truth lives on in the proud legacy Culver and Gibbons now carry. A legacy once etched in an unknown chapter in Michiana history, now closed, but not forgotten.

"It's more than just a list of names," Kenney said.

"He helped her, held her hand," Ann said.

Ironically, August Wennerstrom was declared dead in the original newspaper article his son now safeguards in Mishawaka.

Despite that one mistake, he remains one of the most documented survivors of the Titanic disaster, and has been featured in dozens of books and TV shows around the world.

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August Edvard Wennerström (Andersson)'s Timeline

April 24, 1884
Skåne, M-län, Ystad, Sweden
April 24, 1884

Titanic surviver

October 10, 1904
Age 20
Skåne, M-län, Dalby, Sweden
June 3, 1916
Age 32
Culver, Indiana, United States
February 1922
Age 37
Culver, Indiana, United States
December 1923
Age 39
Culver, Indiana, United States
November 22, 1950
Age 66
Culver, Indiana, United States
Age 65
Mishawaka, Indiana, United States

Titanic surviver. In USA he
Marriage Naomi b: ABT 1894 in ,Illinois
Married: ABT 1915 in Chicago,Cook Co.,Illinois
Leo E. WENNERSTROM b: ABT 1916 in ,Indiana
Clarence W. WENNERSTROM b: ABT 1918 in ,Indiana
August Edvard WENNERSTROM b: 28 JUL 1920 in Culver,Marshall Co.,Indiana
Knight L. WENNERSTROM b: 12 FEB 1922 in Culver,Marshall Co.,Indiana
Billy R. WENNERSTROM b: 24 DEC 1923 in ,Indiana
E. Ann Lenon WENNERSTROM b: ABT 1926 in ,Indiana