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Re: Surname Frödden from Insel Föhr, Germany
Posted by: Anke Jurgens Date: November 26, 2000 at 20:01:32
In Reply to: Surname Frödden from Insel Föhr, Germany by Kerrin Hutz of 3330

The Frisian Roundtable (Foehrer Verein newsletter published on the East Coast at the time) Vol. 3, No. 6, 1979, reports:

More about the Froddens in Chile.
We have established with certainty that the family in question is the Frodden family from Madlem/Feer (Midlum/Foehr) and that its members in Chile have reached high positions, if not the highest, in the navy and in the government. Now our attention has been drawn to the existence of a Punta Frodden (Cape Frodden) in Chile. This was found on a navigation chart by Nahmen Bohn, Captain in Retirement, Madlem/Söleraanj/Feer. In order to have a cape named after you, says Nahmen, you must have accomplished something of great significance.

From Frisian Round Table Vol. 4, #7, 1980:

More on the Froddens in Chile

(Information received from the Menlo School and College in California)

The Froddens are from the Concepcion area but they must be recent arrivals, late 19th century as I don’t find any data on them in my copies of the Concepcion Archives. Captain Carlos Frodden, however, was born in Coronel. His parents were Federico Frodden and Carolina Lorenzen. He studied at the Liceo in Lebu and at the Naval Academy where he graduated in 1906 earning the silver medal, second highest award. In 1906 he was commissioned Midshipman Second Class and made a trip around the world. Between 1909 and 1911 he was in the Patagonian Channels, doing survey work. He must have specialized in navigation as he was later in charge of charting the northern coast of Chile from Caldera to Cabeza de Vaca Cape. In 1913, however, he was on board the Cochrane where he completed the artillery course. In 1916 he became an artillery instructor; in 1917 artillery inspector in the squadron. In 1921 he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and CO of the Munitions Depot at Las Salinas near Valparaiso. In 1922 Artillery Officer on the battleship Latorre. In 195 promoted to Commander, CO of the Silva Palma Marine Barracks. In 1927, due to his friendship with General Ibañez and his masonic connections, he was named Minister of Marine, (Secretary of the Navy), causing the displeasure of many of his superiors. Ibañez, however, appointed him Minister of the Interior and promoted him to Captain. When Ibañez left the Presidency he was retired from the Navy as a Captain. He went into farming. He held numerous foreign medals and was a hard hat driver. He married Margarita Taborga and his last known residence was in Santiago, Chile.
You may also be interested in his brother Orestes, who became the Chief of the Chilean Masons. He exerted enormous political pressure during the presidency of the mason presidents Gabriel Gonzales, Juan Antonio Rios and Pedro Aguirre.


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