Renzel's personal papers, including
diplomas, personal and professional certificates, awards, San
Jose City records and Santa Clara County public documents.
The bulk of the papers relate to Renzel's term as San Jose City
Councilman and Mayor, his role in developing the San Jose
International Airport and Kelley Park, and his term as Foreman
of the Santa Clara County Grand Jury. The collection also includes
several personal objects. The collection contains approx. 82
photographs, a DVD movie and a CD-ROM of digital photographs.
Ernest (Ernie) H. Renzel, Jr., was born in San Jose on August 7,
1907. His grandfather, Conrad Renzel, was a San Jose baker who
expanded his South First Street shop to groceries in the 1860s.
Ernie's father, E. H. Renzel, Sr., continued the business, and by
the turn of the 20th century was vice president and manager of the
Keystone Co., San Jose’s first wholesale grocery firm.
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