Author: Fred Roeder, LS

Fred Roeder, LS

Fred Roeder lives in Tularosa, New Mexico. He emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1957 and spent most of his surveying career in the Southwest, working for the U.S. Forest Service. Now retired, he started writing a regular column for the New Mexico Professional Surveyors Newsletter in 1988. In 1994, NMPS produced Antepasados, a book of his columns. Many surveyors are good writers, especially about technical or legal matters. However, it's not often that we find a surveyor/story-teller who can present historical facts in a manner that makes them fun to read. Fred Roeder is such a writer and we are pleased to present more than 80 of his stories here. Bibliography is a list of the books Fred used in his writings, and includes a numbered index of the articles. Index is a list of all the articles Fred has written and when. Editor's pick: The King Who Had No Title
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In Retrospect

Two prominent southwestern historians wrote in an introduction of a jointly published book: "Americans are a people peculiarly addicted to celebrating anniversaries." I…


A Score of Years

The following column I wrote under the title In Retrospect for the July 1998 issue of BENCHMARKS. I made some changes to reflect…


The Davis Quadrant

In the 17th and 18th centuries the principal instrument of the navigator at sea was the Davis quadrant, also known as English quadrant,…


Surveyors Peak

Bring me men to match my mountains… Sam Foss Somebody once wrote that surveyors are remembered only by the monuments which they themselves…