Albert William Frolli

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Albert William Frolli

Birthplace: Salinas, Monterey County, California, United States
Death: June 22, 1946 (60)
El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, United States (Strangulation)
Place of Burial: El Cerrito, Contra Costa County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Albert J. Frolli and Annie Jane Frolli
Husband of Annie Louise Frolli
Father of Lt. William Stanley Frolli and Louise Henrietta Rich
Brother of Enos Wilfred Frolli and Josephine Teresa Rodemer

Occupation: Mining Engineer
Managed by: Tamás Flinn Caldwell-Gilbert
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About Albert William Frolli

"Granddad grew up in the Salinas Valley of California. At 18, he left home to enter the mining engineering program at Stanford University. He and his roommate were in their dormitory when the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake struck. His roommate died while waiting to be rescued. Granddad suffered a broken back. He was taken to the hospital and placed in traction. I can’t imagine his terror of being immobilized during the aftershocks. When his broken back healed, he finished school.

Granddad’s first assignment out of college was at a deep shaft mine in Nicaragua, replacing a mine manager killed by revolutionaries. He boarded a steam ship in San Francisco and headed out through the Golden Gate, when his ship was swamped. So he headed back to San Francisco, testified against the inebriated ship captain, and boarded another steamer. He landed in Nicaragua shortly after the U.S. Marines landed. On this assignment, his tent caught fire with his reference books inside. A young, inexperienced mining engineer without his reference books is as good as no mining engineer. He rushed into the burning tent to save his reference books, and suffered severe burns. As with his broken back, eventually he healed.

Granddad returned from Nicaragua to continue his career in deep shaft gold and silver mining in the Southwest United States. His work took him and his family from gold mines of California to Silver City, New Mexico to Big Bend, Texas. He was working in Mexico when Poncho Villa began his raids, so Granddad sent his family to live in El Paso. He was a mine manager and engineer when the United Mine Workers of America got started and got violent. Along the way, he managed to invent a new gold refining process.

My Granddad Frolli was as tough as the rock he mined.

His daughter, my mother, lived in the gold and silver mines of the Southwest until she was a teenager. At that time, mining towns were like the Wild West, and she was part of it. As a young girl, she would ride alone (western style) into the surrounding wilderness, across country with little flat land. On occasion, she experienced challenges getting back home from a ride.

When my Granddad Frolli was transferred to San Francisco, he felt it was time my mother learned to be respectable young woman. She rode sidesaddle and attended formal dances and secretarial school. (She was not allowed to attend college like her brother.)"

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Albert William Frolli's Timeline

May 22, 1886
Salinas, Monterey County, California, United States
May 15, 1918
Shafter, Presidio County, Texas, United States
November 20, 1921
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States
June 22, 1946
Age 60
El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, United States
El Cerrito, Contra Costa County, California, United States