Francis C. Renner papers
Francis Calvin Renner (1840-1914) was an inventor, businessman, farmer, New Midway Postmaster, and minister in the Church of the Brethren. The collection contains correspondence, financial records, a ledger, legal documents, and a bankbook, documenting Renner's involvement in the Rose Jelly Manufacturing Company and the Woodsboro and Double Pipe Creek Turnpike Company. The papers relate chiefly to Rose Jelly Manufacturing Company with particular emphasis on agreements made with various business partners and on legal issues concerning patents.
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Francis Calvin Renner was an inventor, businessman, farmer, New Midway Postmaster, and minister in the Church of the Brethren. He also managed the Rose Jelly Manufacturing Company of New Midway, Frederick County, Maryland, and was one of six directors of the Woodsboro and Double Pipe Creek Turnpike Company.
Renner was born on June 14, 1840, to Isaac Renner and Sophia Wolfe in Smithsburg, Washington County, Maryland. His four siblings were: Wilford Abraham (1842-1912); Milton Overholtz (1846-1915); George Isaac (1850-1907); and Laura Manora (1853-1935). Around 1861, Renner married Joanna Martz (1841-1867), and the couple had two children, Ida Mae (1862-1939) and Newton Daniel I. (1863-1949). Joanna Renner died in childbirth in 1867. In December 1868, Renner married Hannah Amanda Harshman (1848-1920). He had eleven children with his second wife: Anna Mary (1869-1920); John William (1870-1907); David Christian (1872-1950); Lottie Sophia (1874-?); Emma Laura (1876-?); Grace Jane (1879-?); Jason Calvin (1882-1968); James and Peter, twins, who survived only one day (1885); Samuel Morgan (1886-1974); and Jesse Isaac (1888-1948). Francis Renner died on December 15, 1914.
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The papers of Francis Renner include materials dating from 1881 to 1915 with the bulk of items dating from 1885 to 1892. The collection contains correspondence, financial records, a ledger, legal documents, and a bankbook, documenting Renner's involvement in the Rose Jelly Manufacturing Company and the Woodsboro and Double Pipe Creek Turnpike Company. The papers relate chiefly to Rose Jelly Manufacturing Company, with particular emphasis on agreements made with various business partners and on legal issues concerning patents.
Custodial History and Acquisition Information
The University of Maryland Libraries purchased the papers from Carmen Valentino in 1987.
Processed by Jennifer Evans, May 2003.
Metal fasteners were replaced with padded, acid-free clips. Items were arranged chronologically.
EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Henry Allen, July 2004.
Arrangement of Collection
The collection is organized as two series:
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Rose Jelly Manufacturing Company, 1881-1915 and undated (13 items)
Rose Jelly Manufacturing Company operated out of New Midway, Maryland. The company manufactured and sold various medicinal remedies, Rose Jelly being the best known. According to company letterhead, Rose Jelly was "a grand preparation for the hair and skin; also, unsurpassed for frosted feet, chapped hands, etc." At one time, the company also had an office in Chicago, and, in 1885, Renner contracted with D. M. Noland to sell Rose Jelly in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and all of the states west of the Mississippi.This series contains correspondence, financial records, a ledger, legal documents, and a bankbook, as well as the directions and combination to opening the company's safe. These items document primarily the business transactions and contractual agreements made in the name of the Rose Jelly Manufacturing Company. Also, in correspondence related to Rose Jelly, there is a brief mention of a patent for a ball bearing spindle submitted by Francis Renner but rejected by the U. S. Patent Office. Correspondents include: W. E. Simonds, U. S. Patent Office; D. M. Noland; John Stover; A. H. Evans & Company; and Augustus J. Phillip. Arrangement is chronological with undated material at the end.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Rose Jelly, 1881-1915, undated||series 1||box 1||folder 1|
|Rose Jelly, 1881-1915, undated||series 1||box 1||folder 2|
Series 2: Woodsboro and Double Pipe Creek Turnpike Company, 1890 and undated (2 items)
On November 3, 1890, the six directors of the Turnpike Company, J. W. Weant, F. C. Renner, Robert Barrick, Adam D. Birely, Levi F. Miller, and Jacob Dorcus, contracted with John A. Barrick and John Stover to construct a one and a half mile turnpike from the first quarter mile stake on the second mile from Woodsboro, Maryland, and ending at the third quarter mile stake on the third mile. The series consists of two items: an article of agreement and an undated agenda for the directors. The article of agreement lays out the specifics for building the turnpike, including the materials to be used and the financial arrangement between the directors and the employees. Arrangement is chronological with undated material at the end.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Woodsboro and Double Pipe Creek Turnpike, 1890||series 2||box 1||folder 3|
Much of the Renner family history was compiled from the Renner-L listserv sponsored by Rootsweb.com. Copies of these Internet pages are available in the collection's control folder. The Renner family is also mentioned in History of Western Maryland by John Thomas Scharf (1968) and History of Frederick County Maryland by T. J. C. Williams and Folger McKinsey (1967 reprint).
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Selected Search Terms
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Maryland Libraries' Catalog. Researchers desiring related materials about these topics, names, or places may search the Catalog using these headings.
- Businessmen -- Frederick County (Md.) -- 19th century
- Rose Jelly Manufacturing Company -- History -- Sources
- Woodsboro and Double Pipe Creek Turnpike Company -- History -- Sources