Paul Folke Palsson (1906 - 1912)

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Paul Folke Palsson
1906 - 1912
April 14, 1906
Bjuv, Bjuv County, Skåne County Sweden
April 15, 1912
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Bjuv, Bjuv County, Skåne County Sweden
Paul Folke Palsson was born on April 14, 1906 in Bjuv, Skåne County Sweden. He is the child of Nils Palsson and Alma Palsson, with siblings Stina, Gosta, and Torborg. He died on April 15, 1912 at age 6.
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Alyssa McIntosh commented on Jan 13, 2017
Paul had his 6th birthday one day before the ship sank. He boarded on Titanic as 3rd class to reunite with his father who already emigrated to Chicago with his mother Alma and siblings Torborg (8) Stina (3) Gosta (2). The ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 14, 1912 at 11:45 pm the sank at 2:20 am by splitting in two. Paul and his mother and siblings sadly perished in the sinking. His mother didn't understand the collison (most people didn't understand the collision or take it too seriously). She took her time dressing her children until the ship was about to go down.


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Paul Palsson boarded the Titanic with his mother and three siblings as 3rd class. During the sinking, the family was clinging to the stern. Paul's body was never recovered.

1906 - 1912 World Events

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In 1906, in the year that Paul Folke Palsson was born, author Upton Sinclair exposed the public-health threat of the meat-packing industry in his book The Jungle. While his intent was to show the lives of exploited lives of immigrants in Chicago and other industrialized cities, most people were horrified by how the meat that ended up on their tables was handled. There was such an outcry that legislation was passed to regulate meat packing. Sinclair said " "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach."

In 1910, Paul was merely 4 years old when the Mexican revolution began. Dictator Porfirio Díaz had ruled for 35 years and was nationally unpopular. When elections were held in 1910 and a rigged election kept Diaz in office. The uprising began - and lasted for another 10 years.

In 1911, Paul was only 5 years old when the first Indianapolis 500 was run in May. Ray Harroun was the winner - he was an engineer and had retired from racing but he came back for this race. After the race, he retired for good. The purse was $27,550 - the largest offered up to that time - and Harroun received $10,000 for first place. His average time was 74.602 mph.

In 1912, in the year of Paul Folke Palsson's passing, the RMS Titanic sank in April. The RMS Titanic was a British built and run passenger liner that was billed as "unsinkable." On its maiden voyage from Southampton England to New York City, carrying about 2,224 passengers and crew - from the wealthiest people in the world to poor emigrants from Europe, the Titanic hit an iceberg. Five of her watertight compartments failed but she was designed to survive only 4 being flooded. She began to sink. There were only enough lifeboats for about half of the passengers so over 1,000 remained behind while "women and children first" were loaded. Over 1500 died, making it the largest maritime disaster in modern history.

In 1914, Paul was just 8 years old when in June, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated by a Yugoslavian national. Austria-Hungary delivered an ultimatum to Serbia. Other major powers took sides - and World War I began: Austria declared war on Serbia; Germany on Russia and France; Britain on Germany . . . and on it went until most of the world was embroiled in the war.

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