Municipal Archives


​City of Renner, 1953-1977

Collection 1991-108

Overview

Repository ​Dallas Municipal Archives
Office of the City Secretary
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
Creator City of Renner, Texas 
Title City of Renner
​Dates 1953-1977
​Quantity 2.08 linear feet 
Abstract Records of the City of Renner, Texas ​
Identification 1991-108
Language: ​​Records are in English

Scope and Contents 

Collection documents the former town of Renner, Texas. Renner was a town east of State Highway 289 in southwestern Collin County and was established in 1888 as a stop on the Cotton Belt line, officially known as the St. Louis Southwestern Railway of Texas.  The community was named for John A. Renner, a railroad engineer in charge of developing townsites along the Cotton Belt line.  A post office was established in 1888 to serve the fifty residents of Renner, and within twenty years the town became a commercial and community center for area farmers.  In 1915, its population reached 300, a figure that was not surpassed until 1965.

The Great Depression and the development of mechanized farming contributed to a sharp decline in population, and by 1947 Renner had 100 residents and two businesses. After World War II, the Texas Research Foundation, a nonprofit agricultural research organization, selected Renner as the site of its agricultural laboratories.  From 1950 to the late 1960s the population of Renner grew steadily, reaching 394 in 1969 and about 500 in 1977 according to City of Dallas estimates.  A subdivision of Renner, Preston Villa, became disenchanted with some of the substandard services provided by the city government and retaliated with a petition requesting consolidation with the City of Dallas.  Dallas citizens voted in favor of consolidation on April 2, 1977, and the area immediately benefited from improved police and fire services, new streetlights, street improvements, and maintenance.

Although the main residential portion of Renner mostly comprised a small triangle between McCallum Boulevard and the Cotton Belt railway, the agricultural portions of Renner extended north to Plano and east to include the agricultural research station, which is now part of the campus of the University of Texas at Dallas.  To preserve some of Renner's history, the 1888 Renner School was rescued from demolition and moved to Dallas Heritage Village.

Collection contains town council minutes, correspondence, legal materials, ephemera, and annexation records detailing the 1977 consolidation with the City of Dallas.

Organization

The collection is arranged by the following subjects:
Bankruptcy, Board of Equalization, City Planning, and Deeds
Correspondence, Agreement for Engineering Services, Reports
Correspondence-City Departments
Election Materials, Municipal Court Documents, and Ordinances
Financial
Ordinances
Ordinances, Titles, and Water/Sewer Contracts
Renner/Dallas Consolidation
Town Commission Minutes

Access​

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from the Dallas Municipal Archives.  All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

Citation

City of Renner, 1953-1977 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Material


Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Renner -- Texas -- History

Container List​

BoxFolderTitle, Date
  Bankruptcy, Board of Equalization, City Planning, and Deeds
11Administration-bankruptcy notification, 1977
 2Administration-Board of Equalization, undated
 3Administration-business permit applications, undated
 4Administration-services certification, undated
 5Administration-city planning and zoning, undated
 6Administration-city planning and zoning, undated
 7Administration-Civil Defense plan, 1974
 8Administration-correspondence-Park and Recreation Department, 1976
 9Administration-deeds, 1958
 10Administration-deeds, 1959, 1961 
 11Administration-deeds, 1959, 1961
  Election Materials, Municipal Court Documents, and Ordinances
21Administration-Renner election materials, 1971-1975
 2Administration-Renner election rules and changes, 1965-1975
 3Administration-health and sanitary services, 1974
 4Administration-legal actions, 1974-1977
 5Administration-lot mowing, 1975
 6Administration-Municipal Court-arrest records, 1975
 7Administration-Municipal Court-dismissal example, 1975
 8Administration-Municipal Court-docket index, undated
 9Administration-Municipal Court-docket pages, 1975-1976
 10Administration-Municipal Court-docket reference final conviction notices, 1976
 11Administration-Municipal Court-jury duty rosters, 1975
 12Administration-Municipal Court-notification of court date, 1977
 13Administration-Municipal Court-paid case fines filed by date, 1975-1976
 14Administration-Municipal Court-procedures, undated
 15Administration-Municipal Court-quarterly reports on cost, 1974-1977
 16Administration-Municipal Court-warrants issued, 1975-1976
 17Administration-Municipal Court-warrants issued, 1975-1976
 18Administration-ordinances-index cards
 19Administration-ordinances, 1957
 20Administration-ordinances, 1960-1967
  Ordinances
31Administration-ordinances, 1964
 2Administration-ordinances, 1969
 3Administration-ordinances, 1970-1971
 4Administration-ordinances, 1972
 5Administration-ordinances, 1973
 6Administration-ordinances, 1974
 7Administration-ordinances, 1974
  Ordinances, Titles, and Water/Sewer Contracts
41Administration-ordinances, 1975
 2Administration-ordinances, 1975
 3Administration-ordinances, 1976
 4Administration-ordinances, 1977
 5Administration-ordinances, undated
 6Administration-ordinances-notes and requests, undated
 7Administration-ordinance violations, 1976
 8Administration-titles, 1959-1968
 9Administration-water/sewer contracts, undated
  Town Commission Minutes
51City Council Actions-Town Commission minutes Volume 1, 1953-1959
 2City Council Actions-Town Commission minutes Volume 1, 1959-1968
 3City Council Actions-Town Commission minutes Volume 2, 1968-1969
 4City Council Actions-Town Commission minutes Volume 2, 1970-1973
 5City Council Actions-Town Commission minutes Volume 3, 1974-1975
 6City Council Actions-Town Commission minutes Volume 3, 1975-1976
  Correspondence-City Departments
61Correspondence-City Administrator from Wagnon, David, 1974-1975
 2Correspondence-City Administrator to Wagnon, David, 1974-1976
 3Correspondence-City Secretary, 1971-1977
 4Correspondence-Davenport Properties, 1974-1977
 5Correspondence-Denton County to Renner, re. private sewage facility, 1973-1974
 6Correspondence-flood plain, 1971, 1976
 7Correspondence-General Telephone Company, 1976
 8Correspondence-Mayor's office from Connie Armstrong, 1971-1974
 9Correspondence-Mayor's office from R.N. Hartline, 1975-1976
 10Correspondence-Mayor's office to Connie Armstrong, 1971-1975
 11Correspondence-Mayor's office to R.N. Hartline, 1975-1977
 12Correspondence-police and fire department concerns, 1976
 13Correspondence-Saner et al., 1971, 1974
 14Correspondence-State Dept. of Public Welfare, 1975
 15Correspondence-State of Texas to city of Renner, 1974
 16Correspondence-Tax Assessor's office, 1971-1977
 17Correspondence-Texas Municipal League, 1949, 1958-1960, 1971, 1973
  Correspondence, Agreement for Engineering Services, Reports
71Correspondence-Texas Power & Light, 1971, 1973, 1976
 2Correspondence-water services, 1957, 1971-1974
 3Engineering-agreement for engineering services with amendments 1&2, 1974-1975
 4Engineering-bridge operations, 1974-1976
 5Engineering-correspondence-Dallas Water Utilities, 1976
 6Engineering-correspondence-EPA, 1975-1976
 7Engineering-correspondence-Farrington, 1974
 8Engineering-correspondence-HDR to Renner, re: sewage, water, 1973-1975
 9Engineering-correspondence-HDR to Renner, re: sewage, water, 1976-1977
 10Engineering-correspondence-NCTCOG, 1973, 1975
 11Engineering-environmental assessment, 1977
 12Engineering-equipment/services pamphlets, undated
 13Engineering-facility plan, 1977
 14Engineering-news release, undated
 15Engineering-site analysis, 1974
 16Engineering-streets and roads, 1972, 1975-1976
 17Engineering-water resources, 1973-1975, 1977
  Financial
81Assets-capital, 1975-1976
 2Assets-capital-proposals, 1974-1975
 3Assets-fixed, 1974-1977
 4Balance sheets-3 column, 1974-1975
 5Balance sheets-3 column, 1975-1976
 6Balance sheets-3 column, 1975-1976
 7Balance sheets-24 column, 1973-1974
 8Balance sheets-24 column, 1974-1975
 9Balance sheets-24 column, 1975-1976
 10Bank account information at Addison State Bank-account 10-239-3, 1974-1975
91Bank account information at Addison State Bank-account 10-239-3, 1975-1976
 2Bank account information at Addison State Bank-account 10-239-3, 1976
 3Bank account information at Addison State Bank-account 10-239-3-deposit record books, 1974-1977
 4Bank account information at Addison State Bank-account 10-239-3-stubs 101 to 550, 1974-1975
 5Bank account information at Addison State Bank-account 10-239-3-stubs 551 to 1000, 1975-1976
 6Bank account information at Addison State Bank-account 10-239-3-stubs 1001 to 1330, 1976-1977
 7Bank account information at Addison State Bank-account # 10-303-9-bond, 1975-1976
101Bank account information at Citizens National Bank, 1973-1974
 2Bank account information at 1st National Bank of Plano, 1958-1973
 3Bank account information at North Dallas Bank and Trust, 1973-1974
 4Bank account information at Richardson Heights Bank, 1971-1974
 5Bank account information-stub carton for 1st National of Plano, North Dallas, and Richardson Heights, 1958-1974
 6Bills paid, 1972-1973
 7Bills paid, 1973-1974
 8Bills paid, 1975-1976
 9Bills paid, 1975-1976
 10Bills paid, 1976-1977
111Bills paid-Becky Hand-A through L, 1974-1975
 2Bills paid-Becky Hand-M through Z, 1974-1975
 3Bills paid-Lindquist, Marilyn, 1975
 4Bills paid-Lindquist, Marilyn, 1975
 5Bills paid-Lindquist, Marilyn, 1975
 6Budgeting, 1973-1975
 7Cash received summary, 1976-1977
 8City planner, 1974
 9Construction projects-reimbursement requests-federal government, 1977
 10Dallas County Municipal League correspondence, 1974
121Deposit summary, 1974
 2Deposit summary, 1975
 3Deposit summary, 1975
 4Deposit summary, 1975-1976
 5Financial statements-unaudited, 1974-1975
 6Franchise tax, 1971-1974
 7Income tax-interest earned-Town of Renner-Form 1099, 1971-1972
 8White Rock sewer & water project, 1973-1974
 9Materials received invoices, 1976-1977
 10Notes held by city on assessable property, 1972
 11Payroll-employee record ending 1977-includes employer's tax guide-rev. 1976
 12Payroll-time cards-Barnett to Lock, 1975-1977
 13Payroll-time cards-Lusk to Wilbanks, 1975-1977
 14Property and land owners, 1972
 15Property tax record-Southwestern Bell, 1972-1974
 16Purchase order book, 1974-1977
131Purchase order book, 1975
 2Receipt book 1, 1971-1973
 3Receipt book 2, 1973-1974
 4Receipt book 3, 1974-1975
 5Receipt book 4, 1975
 6Receipt book 5, 1975
 7Receipt book, 1975
 8Receipt book, 1975-1976
141Receipt book-cash bonds, 1975
 2Receipts-fines paid and cash bonds only, 1976
 3Receipt book-manifold, 1976-1977
 4Receipt book-triplicate, 1975
 5Report on examinations of financial statements for Renner, 1971
 6Report on examinations of financial statements for Renner, 1973
 7Report of independent audit, 1975
 8Report of independent audit, 1976
 9Statements with accountant's report, 1974
  Renner/Dallas Consolidation
151Constitutional Convention report, 1974
 2Dallas-Addison line adjustment, 1976
 3Emergency dispatch agreement, 1975
 4Fire protection analysis, 1973
 5Maps, 1953-1974
 6Dal-Worth Transportation newsletter, 1974
 7The Renner Review newsletter, 1974-1976
 8Preston Villa annexation, 1974
 9Public notices, 1971-1977
 10Renner-Dallas consolidation, 1976-1977
 11Renner-Dallas consolidation, 1976-1977
 12Report to mayor's committee-change of form of city government, 1971
 13Sample business forms, 1975 and undated
161Minutes of the Town Commission-town of Renner, Texas Volume 2, 1968-1974
 2Minutes of the Town Commission-town of Renner, Texas Volume 1, 1953, 1956-1968 (copy; missing pages 13-14, 29-32, and two inserts)
 3Minutes of the Town Commission-town of Renner, Texas Volume 3, 1974-1977
 4Minutes of the Town Commission-town of Renner, Texas Volume 1, 1953-1954, 1956-1968