Olof Adolf Sjöström

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Olof Adolf Sjöström (Swedish: [ˈɧø̂ːstrœm]; February 4, 1841 – 1896) operated a remittance company that defrauded customers in 1894.


He was born on February 4, 1841 in Ljustorp, Sweden.[1] He moved to America around 1880, and he started a money transfer agency in Brooklyn that transferred money back to Sweden. The rest of the Sjöström family then came to America. Olaf's wife died around 1886. His son, Victor David Sjöström was sent back to Sweden to the town of Uppsala. Olaf married Maria Olson in 1886, she had been the nanny. In 1894 Olaf's agency owed $30,000 and he fled the country but promised to pay back his debts within three years. New York Supreme Court Justice William Jay Gaynor declared that Sjöström had officially fled the country and allowed creditors to stop the widow from selling his property.[2][3] He died in 1896 without returning the money to his clients.


  1. ^ Bengt Forslund (1988). Victor Sjöström: his life and his work. ISBN 0-918432-82-0. ... in Varmland as the younger son of "tenant, ex-trader" Olof Adolf Sjostrom, born February 4, 1841, in Ljustorp, in the province of ...
  2. ^ "Makes Appeal To His Creditors. Sjostrom Wishes Three Years in Which to Return Immigrants Their Money". New York Times. October 10, 1894. Retrieved 2009-09-08. O.A. Sjostrom has done a business in money transfers to Sweden, at 27 State Street, for several years. Immigrants deposited with him their savings, on which he made the profit of exchange, promising to send the money home for the owners. He had an arrangement with the Bank of Copenhagen, as a distributing agent.
  3. ^ "Interesting to Swedish Residents". Brooklyn Eagle. October 10, 1894.