hydrographic and geodetic engineer in the Coast and Geodetic
Survey, died at San Francisco, California on the morning of
October 25, 1919, in the 77th year of his age.
He was born in Wisby, Sweden, January 20, 1843; was educated
at the Wisby Elementary Larsouk, 1850-1859, and at the Wisby
Navigation School, 1862-1864; and afterward became a naturalized
citizen of the United States.
He was twice married, and leaves a widow and several children.
He entered the Survey as an aid November 1, 1867, having been
employed previously by the Western Union Telegraph Company,
Russian extension, as first mate of the bark Golden Gate. At
that time he had served on board sailing ships in every capacity
from boy to ordinary seaman, able seaman, second and first mate,
and sailing master.
He was the oldest officer and next to the oldest in point of
service in the Survey. He was employed principally on the Pacific
Coast, Alaska, and in the Philippine Islands, where he did much
valuable work, chiefly in hydrography, for which his training
in the Swedish Navigation School and subsequent sea service
were a splendid preparation; but he also had experience in triangulation
He assisted in preparing the Pacific Coast Pilot and made most
of the views used in that volume.
From the time of his entry into the Survey and through his service
as aid, draftsman, and finally assistant and hydrographic engineer,
his best efforts were always put forth to advance the work and
interests of the Survey.
In his death the Survey has lost a most valuable officer.
C&GS BULLETIN, 10/1919