Baylor University, the Texas Collection

Waco Boating and Fishing Club records, 1890-2002, undated



Records Summary

Creator Waco Boating and Fishing Club
Title Waco Boating and Fishing Club records
Dates: 1890-2002, undated
Abstract The Waco Boating and Fishing Club Records consist of manuscripts collected from 1890 to 2002. These papers contain correspondence, financial papers, legal documents, literary productions, and other printed materials.
Quantity: 4 document boxes and 2 oversized boxes.
Language of the Material English
Repository Baylor University, The Texas Collection

Biography/Profile

The Waco Boating and Fishing Club was organized in 1890 as the first social club in Waco city history. Active until 1988, the club focused on providing a family-friendly place to exercise and socialize with other members.

The purpose of the new club was to construct and maintain a place for preserving and canning fish on a site of at least 50 acres. With many city leaders as members, the club had no problem purchasing 50 acres of ground with a lake on site five miles west of Waco for $2,000. Members settled on the name “Fountain Lake” for their new property, and they began improving the site, drilling an artesian well for fresh water, stocking the lake with fish, and building a boat house.

By the 1900s, the club had switched to the name “Fish Pond Club” instead of the longer and clumsier original name. As improvements continued, the 25-year charter granted by the state ran out, and the club was reformed in 1916 February. By now, the area had become a social center for Waco, with special events, dances, dinners, and parties for members, or non-members if they paid an extra fee. Several people were hired as full-time staff members of the club, and a caretaker’s house was built on site for security of the area. As the area became better known, people began referring to the whole area around the club property as “Fish Pond,” so that when the city of Waco annexed the area, the term “Fish Pond” became the official designation of the community.

By 1947, the clubhouse and grounds were in serious need of improvements. Ridgewood Country Club, founded in 1947, had also begun to give the Boating and Fishing Club serious competition for the first time, and at least some members believed they had to shake the “poor man’s club” perception that Fish Pond had acquired over time, compared to Ridgewood. In 1977, after an engineer’s inspection of the clubhouse for structural problems, the club decided to build a new clubhouse, plus other improvements on the grounds, for approximately $500,000. Fish Pond’s massive capital building campaign, undertaken after extensive board meetings, surveys of members, comments, and member meetings, included a clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts, jogging path, playground, parking, and a separate building for dressing rooms. Though the club was already $24,000 in debt, they took out more loans to begin the first building phase, and raised dues on their members several times to obtain more money. The new clubhouse opened in 1979 December, but it is unknown how many of the other planned improvements were ever completed.

Since this collection does not have the complete minutes and other narrative documents until the club was dissolved in 1988, the reasons for dissolving the club and selling all property to Ridgewood are not completely known. However, in 1985 the club sold their 38 remaining acres, perhaps minus the land that the caretaker’s house sat on, to their competitor Ridgewood Country Club to pay off the remaining $400,000 principal on their 1978 clubhouse loan. The club voted to dissolve in 1988, with only the board of directors voting, since there were no members other than the board left.

After the club disbanded there were still enough interested people to continue club-related activities in the area. Several pieces of correspondence and research materials date from the post-club time period, when several people worked to obtain a historical marker for the club. A local street was also named for the club, Fish Pond Road, which had to be brought before the city council, and papers from this later time period are also in the collection.

The Waco Boating and Fishing Club stands as the first social club of Waco’s history, and provides insight into the lives and leisure activities of people from that time.


Scope and Content

The Waco Boating and Fishing Club Records was acquired by gift in one transaction from Hack Branch in 2011 June. At the time of donation the collection was contained in five boxes with some loose maps. The collection begins in 1890 with the minute book of the club. The bulk of the collection is between 1969 and 1984, with very few materials dating from the time it was the social center of Waco, in the early to mid 1900s. Documents include correspondence, financial papers, a large amount of literary productions, and some oversized materials. The literary productions and financial documents series are by far the largest series in the collection.


Arrangement

The Waco Boating and Fishing Club Records were completely unorganized before the current finding aid and processing were undertaken. Currently the Waco Boating and Fishing Club Records is arranged in five series: I. Correspondence, II. Legal Documents, III. Financial Documents, IV. Literary Productions, and V. Oversized Materials.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

All requests for copying of materials must be submitted to The Texas Collection in writing. Please use the Request Form for Copying Materials sheet. Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator (s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Physical Description

General condition: Excellent.


Index Terms

Boats and boating -- Texas.
Country clubs -- Texas.
Fishing -- Texas.
Lakes -- Texas.
Waco (Tex.) -- History.
Waco (Tex.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Waco Boating and Fishing Club Records, Accession #3794, Box #, Folder #, The Texas Collection, Baylor University.

Acquisition Information

Accession No. 3794. Acquired 1999-09-20

Processing Information

Described by Paul T. Fisher. Released on 2013-06-17.

Archivist's Notes: There are several large gaps within this collection. Other than the minute book and several other documents, there is nothing in this collection from 1890 to around 1950. The majority of the collection is from the 1970s, with a small number of materials clustered before and after that time, but no extensive records exist in this collection from any other time.

A total of 16 architectural plans were not filed with the rest of the collection. The separation sheets were filed as Literary: Architectural plans in box 11, folder 10. All 16 oversized architectural plans are currently in the map room.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence 1957-2000, undated

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Excellent.
Biography/Profile
Series includes correspondence to and from various leaders of the Waco Boating and Fishing Club. Most of the letters have something to do with membership, either giving it up or wanting to continue as members.
Acquisition Information
Accession No. 3794. Acquired 1999-09-20
box folder
1 1 General 1966-1967
2 General 1968-1970
3 General 1971-1978
4 General 1979 February-March
5 General 1979 April-August
6 General 1979 September-December
7 General 1980-1999
8 General 2000, undated
9 Stock Certificates 1965-1975
10 Stock Certificates 1976-1985, undated
11 Membership Mailings 1978, undated



Legal Documents 1890-2000, undated

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Excellent.
Biography/Profile
The series includes various official documents generated by the club, the articles of incorporation, and site and survey plans.
Acquisition Information
Accession No. 3794. Acquired 1999-09-20
box folder
1 12 General 1957-1961
13 General 1968-1998
14 General 1999-2000
15 Appraisal Report 2002
16 Mortgage 1998
17 Insurance 1978-1983
18 Surveys 2000, undated
19 Rules and Regulations undated
20 Articles of Incorporation 1890-1966
21 Articles of Incorporation 1973-1998
22 Fish Pond Club Addition (1 of 3) 2000
23 Fish Pond Club Addition (2 of 3) 2000
24 Fish Pond Club Addition (3 of 3) 2000
25 Surveys and Site Plans 1962-2000, undated
box folder
14 OVZ 10 Surveys and Site Plans: [Topographical Map] undated
11 Surveys and Site Plans: [Fish Pond Road] 1947-1951
12 Surveys and Site Plans: [West Waco] 1918
13 Surveys and Site Plans: [West Waco] 1929
14 Surveys and Site Plans: [Marked Topographical Map] undated
15 Surveys and Site Plans: Site Plan (1 o3) 1962
16 Surveys and Site Plans: Site Plan (2 of 3) 1962
17 Surveys and Site Plans: Site Plan (3 of 3) 1962



Financial Documents 1941-2002, undated

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Excellent.
Biography/Profile
The series includes bills, receipts, and statements from various vendors around Waco, bank statements, and a sampling of stock certificates sold to members. The series is in good to excellent condition.
Acquisition Information
Accession No. 3794. Acquired 1999-09-20
box folder
1 26 General 1975-1982, undated
27 Outstanding Dues 1974-1977
28 Employee Bonus 1971-1983, undated
29 Tax Documents 1978-1983, undated
30 Bills, Receipts, Statements 1963-1978
31 Bills, Receipts, Statements 1979
32 Bills, Receipts, Statements 1981-1982
33 Bills, Receipts, Statements 1983-2002, undated
34 Bank Statements 1971-May 1979
box folder
2 1 Bank Statements 1979 June-September
2 Bank Statements 1979 October-December, 1983, undated
3 Bills, Receipts, Statements: Building Clubhouse 1973 January-October
4 Bills, Receipts, Statements: Building Clubhouse 1978 November-1979 January
5 Bills, Receipts, Statements: Building Clubhouse 1979 February-June
6 Bills, Receipts, Statements: Building Clubhouse 1979 July-September
7 Bills, Receipts, Statements: Building Clubhouse 1979 October-December
8 Bills, Receipts, Statements: Building Clubhouse 1980, undated
9 Reports 1969-1974
10 Reports 1975-1976
11 Reports 1977-1981
12 Reports 1982-1983
13 Reports undated
14 Stock Certificates 1941-1949
15 Stock Certificates 1950-1957
16 Stock Certificates 1958-1971
17 Stock Certificates 1972-1984, undated
18 Stock Certificates 1971-1985, undated



Literary Productions 1890-2000, undated

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Excellent.
Biography/Profile
The literary productions series, the largest series in the collection, contains notes on a historical marker for the club, membership surveys, minutes, scrapbook pages, and membership lists. The series is in excellent condition.
Acquisition Information
Accession No. 3794. Acquired 1999-09-20
box folder
2 19 General 1955-1976
20 General undated
21 Reports 1978, undated
22 Fish Pond Road 1976
23 Notes 1970-1979, undated
24 Membership Survey and Proposed Improvements 1978
25 Newsletters 1975-1984
26 Historical Marker Research Notes 1890-1941
27 Historical Marker Research Notes 1945-1957
28 Historical Marker Research Notes 1960-1988
29 Historical Marker Research Notes 1998
30 Historical Marker Research Notes 1999-2000
31 Historical Marker Research Notes undated
box folder
3 1 Membership Lists 1966-1967
2 Membership Lists 1968-1969
3 Membership Lists 1970-1971
4 Membership Lists 1972 January-June
5 Membership Lists 1972 July-December
6 Membership Lists 1973 January-June
7 Membership Lists 1973 July-November
8 Membership Lists 1974 January-June
9 Membership Lists 1974 July-December
10 Membership Lists 1975
11 Membership Lists 1976 January-May
12 Membership Lists 1976 June-December
13 Membership Lists 1977
14 Membership Lists 1978
15 Membership Lists 1979
16 Membership Lists 1980
17 Membership Lists 1981
18 Membership Lists 1982
19 Membership Lists 1983-1984
20 Membership Lists: Folder 1 of 2 undated
21 Membership Lists: Folder 2 of 2 undated
22 Minutes 1972-1977 May
23 Minutes 1977 June-November
24 Minutes 1978 January-February
25 Minutes 1978 March-May
26 Minutes 1978 June
27 Minutes 1979 January
28 Minutes 1979 February
29 Minutes 1979 March
30 Minutes 1979 April
31 Minutes 1979 May-June
32 Minutes 1979 August
33 Minutes 1979 October-November
34 Book: Minute Book: Copies: Folder 1 of 7 1890-1892 June
35 Book: Minute Book: Copies: Folder 2 of 7 1892-1895 April
box folder
4 1 Book: Minute Book: Copies: Folder 3 of 7 1895 May-1899 June
2 Book: Minute Book: Copies: Folder 4 of 7 1899 August-1905 April
3 Book: Minute Book: Copies: Folder 5 of 7 1905 May-1910 January
4 Book: Minute Book: Copies: Folder 6 of 7 1910 April-1914 April
5 Book: Minute Book: Copies: Folder 7 of 7 1914 October-1918
box folder
13 OVZ 1 Book: Minute Book 1890-1918
2 Book: Atlas 1899
box folder
14 OVZ 1 Scrapbook: Item 1 of 8 Undated
folder
2 Scrapbook: Item 2 of 8 Undated
folder
3 Scrapbook: Item 3 of 8 Undated
folder
4 Scrapbook: Item 4 of 8 Undated
folder
5 Scrapbook: Item 5 of 8 Undated
folder
6 Scrapbook: Item 6 of 8 Undated
folder
7 Scrapbook: Item 7 of 8 Undated
folder
8 Scrapbook: Item 8 of 8 Undated



Photographic Materials 1946-1964

Administrative Information
Physical Description
General condition: Excellent.
Biography/Profile
This series contains a number of family photographs taken on the Waco Boating and Fishing Club property. Several photographs were taken from the air of the site, but most are of people during various club events.
Acquisition Information
Accession No. 3794. Acquired 1999-09-20
box folder
4 6 Photographs 1946-1951
7 Photographs 1953-1957
8 Photographs 1960-1964
9 Photographs undated