Recognition for Titanic survivor

2013-06-27 21:59
A headstone marks the grave of Oscar Palmquist at Mountain Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport.

A headstone marks the grave of Oscar Palmquist at Mountain Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport. (John Christoffersen, AP)

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Connecticut - Swedish immigrant Oscar Palmquist survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, only to be found dead more than a decade later in a shallow reservoir near his home in Connecticut.

Authorities at the time attributed his death to accidental drowning, but his family and others said that was unfathomable, considering the fear of water he carried from his ordeal in the frigid North Atlantic.

The matter went no further, and Palmquist was buried in an unmarked grave at a Bridgeport cemetery. This weekend, he finally will receive a gravestone, provided by an association dedicated to recognizing lesser known steerage passengers whose families were often too poor to place a stone.

Palmquist's descendants welcomed the recognition at Mountain Grove Cemetery, where showman P.T. Barnum and dwarf performer Tom Thumb also are buried.

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