Karl Thornston Skoog (1900 - 1912)

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Karl Thornston Skoog
1900 - 1912
July 13, 1900
Hällekis, Götene County, Västra Götaland County, Sweden
April 15, 1912
North Atlantic Ocean
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Hällekis, Götene County, Västra Götaland County Sweden
Karl Thornston Skoog of Hällekis, Götene County, Västra Götaland County Sweden was born on July 13, 1900 in Hällekis to Wilhelm Johansson Skoog and Anna (Karlsson) Skoog. He had siblings Mabel Skoog, Harald Skoog, and Margrit Skoog. Karl Skoog died at age 11 years old on April 15, 1912 at North Atlantic Ocean, and was buried on April 15, 1912 at North Atlantic Ocean.
Updated: March 28, 2022
Biography ID: 93189160

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Hällekis, Götene County, Västra Götaland County Sweden
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July 13, 1900
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April 15, 1912
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April 15, 1912
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Back in Hallekis, Sweden in 1908 when Karl was seven years old, he was bringing his father lunch when his leg got caught in the train rails. His leg had to be amputated. Him and his family boarded Titanic as 3rd class and they were all lost during the sinking. None of their bodies were recovered.

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Karl Thornston Skoog lived 65 years shorter than the average Skoog family member when he died at the age of 11.
The average age of a Skoog family member is 76.

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Alyssa McIntosh commented on Dec 19, 2015
The family lived in Iron Mountain Michigan then moved back to Hallekis, Sweden. At age 7 Karl had his leg amputated after he got his leg stuck on the rails while bringing lunch to his father (his father worked in the mines).
Alyssa McIntosh commented on Jan 13, 2017
Karl boarded the Titanic as 3rd class with his parents and siblings Mabel (9) Harald (5) Margrit (not yet 2) to emigrate back to Iron Mountain, Michigan. The family lived there earlier-in 1907 when his father worked in the mines, Karl was bringing lunch to his father and got his foot stuck in the railway, because of the injury: he had to have his leg amputated. The family emigrated back to Sweden and had a daughter Margrit on April 14, 1910. The ship struck an iceberg at the North Atlantic Ocean on April 14, 1912 at 11:45 pm then sank at 2:20 am by splitting in two. Boys Karl's age were not able to board lifeboats with other women and children as well as the men. It was hard to reach the upper decks and the boats if he had to limping around the sloping decks.

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In 1900, in the year that Karl Thornston Skoog was born, the U.S. population exceeded 75 million, rising about 13 million from the 1890 census. 87.9% of the population was white, 11.6% was African-American, 0.7% was Hispanic, and 0.5% was Native American, Asian, and other minorities.

In 1910, he was only 10 years old when the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated. U.S. publisher W.D. Boyce was visiting England when he became lost in the London fog. An unknown Boy Scout helped him find his way out, declining a tip (he said that he was a Boy Scout and was doing his good deed for the day). Boyce was so impressed that he incorporated the Boy Scouts of America when he returned home. Its purpose was "to teach boys patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred values."

In 1911, when he was merely 11 years old, the United States Supreme Court broke up Standard Oil in May. John D. Rockefeller established Standard Oil in 1870 and it was the largest oil refinery at the time. The Supreme Court found that Standard Oil of New Jersey (one of the many iterations of Standard Oil) was guilty of "monopolizing the petroleum industry through a series of abusive and anticompetitive actions". The Court broke up the several entities that comprised Standard Oil and they eventually became competing firms.

In 1912, in the year of Karl Thornston Skoog's passing, in October, former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot, but not killed, while campaigning for another term as President with the newly created Bull Moose (Progressive) Party. John Schrank was a Bavarian-born saloon-keeper from New York who had been stalking Roosevelt when he shot him just before a campaign speech. Shot in the chest (and showing the audience his bloody shirt), Roosevelt went on to give a 55 to 90 minute talk (reports vary on the length) before being treated for the injury. After 8 days in the hospital, Roosevelt went back on the campaign trail.

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