- Donald Atwell
- Ruth Nolin
- Fred McGeoch
- Ann Adair
- Jean Atwell
- Ken Dougherty
- Mildred Heasty
- H. Earle Russell Jr.
- Willard Galloway
- William Adair
- Paul Jamison
- Ralph Galloway
- Domer Dougherty
- Elizabeth Walker
- Martha Adair
- Wallace Jamison
- Frank McClanahan
- Mary McFeeters
- Donald Moore
- Irene Nelson
- Mary Thompson
- Elinor Todd
- Frances Hickman
- Chrystall Neff
- Edna Thompson
- Charles Adams
- Ruth Galloway
- Ellen McFeeters
- Mary Russell
- Barbara Whitcomb
Schutz enrolled only 31 students this year, just several fewer than in the last two years. Mr. Nolin had anticipated the drop, and in a letter to W.B. Anderson of the Board of Foreign Missions, he asked whether the Board would grant the same appropriation as the last year, making note of the enrollment decline and the Board’s financial situation. We have no indication of the Board’s response to Mr. Nolin’s question. Nolin projected a balanced budget, in spite of the 10% reduction of children’s allowances, because the high school students were so numerous again this year (another very large 9th grade class), and high school students were charged more than elementary students. He also took note that the boarding department was 9 students fewer, reducing expenses in that area.
In the year previous, two of the new siblings, the Thompsons, had been in the same grade. Apparently some grade level sorting had taken place at the year’s end, and this year the sisters were separated, one in the 9th, the other to the 10th grade. Two of the four new students this year came from the Egypt Mission’s little day school in Assiut, which only went through the 8th grade. This day school was nearing its closing point, because the Board of Foreign Missions was no longer able or willing to support two schools for the children of the Egypt Mission. Some children from Assiut in the elementary years were now coming to Schutz instead of staying at home until the end of their 8th grade year.
Faculty and Staff
- Caryl Evers, Latin, 9th grade math, Principal, resident
- Jo Gerringer, English, history, high school, resident
- Janet Sharp, grade school, resident
- Rebecca Needs, piano, commuter
- Mme Barbara Demidoff, French, commuter
- Miss Sturgis, matron, resident during the week
- William Nolin, algebra, geometry, Superintendent, resident
Two of the Schutz teachers had completed their terms in the spring of 1932. Alice Evans and Ruth Davidson departed Schutz in the summer, leaving Caryl Evers to start as principal in only her second year of experience. She taught Latin to all three high school grades, and math to the 9th grade. Miss Evers was joined by Jo Gerringer, who was assigned to teach English and history to all levels of high school, and Janet Sharp, who was to teach all subjects to the entire elementary school. Mme Barbara Demidoff again taught French to all grades, and Rebecca Needs came out from the Mission’s Girls’ School in Alexandria as well, to teach piano to all levels. Mr. Nolin taught algebra and geometry to the sophomore and junior years, continued to serve as Superintendent of the school in the academic and boarding departments added to his other full time job of General Treasurer.
While the reductions in force and salaries were under discussion by the Board in Philadelphia, and no new missionaries were being sent out to Egypt, the Women’s Board of Missions continued to staff the teaching positions at Schutz. The Women’s Board, which had been established in the first place because the women of the UPNA were so much better at raising money for the church than were the men, was able to send new missionaries to Egypt right through the lean years of the Depression. In a letter written in February 1933 to Anna Milligan, director of the Women’s Board, Mr. Nolin indicated that the Board of Missions’ allocation for a teacher’s salary had been cut to £E 85, plus board and travel expenses. In spite of that lowered incentive, Mr. Nolin asked her to find a new teacher for Schutz in the coming year. Perhaps calculating that it would be hard to find a young woman with both teaching experience and a Christian commitment to service with the Egypt Mission, he wrote, “We desire first of all one of character and religious ideas, one who will be willing to cooperate in the religious instruction of the School.” From the very beginning, the Schutz School Committee was not as concerned with teaching experience as with moral character. Its habit was to accept inexperienced, new graduates from colleges affiliated with the UPNA—Muskingum, Tarkio, Westminster, and slightly to one remove, Wooster (affiliated with the UPCUSA).
The now decade long established patterns of boarding life had been adapted now and then according to the number of boarders and the ideas of the Superintendent The boarders in the past three years had been so numerous that two dining rooms continued to be necessary for everyone to eat at the same time; the boarders were divided by age group, in two rooms of differing sizes, high school in one, elementary and middle grades in the other, each dining room supervised by the teachers. Day students ate the noon meal with the boarders. As in the previous years, the Nolin family lived on the ground floor; the family lived in the western flat; two rooms on the east-side flat were retained as guest rooms and one room was set aside for Mr Nolin's office. The four flats remaining on the top three floors of the building comprised the school. The school kitchen, the pantry and both dining rooms occupied the eastern flats on the first floor. On the western wing, the main room was used for assembly--in the morning for Chapel, in the evening for closing worship, on Sundays for Sabbath School and Christian Endeavor. During the week, the assembly room became the study hall. The flat's kitchen served as the French room. The other rooms in the flat were classrooms. Boys, both high school and elementary, lived in the western flat on the second floor. Classrooms and the school library were carved out of the eastern 2nd floor flat. Girls lived in both flats on the 3rd floor, along with all three teachers and Miss Sturgis. The high school girls lived above the dining rooms and kitchen; the elementary girls lived above the assembly room and classrooms. Miss Sturgis’ pattern of room inspection included her practice of confiscating any item left about and out of place, when she went her rounds after all the boarders were in class in the morning. She administered first aid and dosed all boarders with Enos’ Fruit Salts once a week. Laundry was collected in large baskets placed on the halls outside the flats, and done on the roof by washer women who came in from the surrounding neighborhood to wash and hang the clothes, all of which were marked with name tags for easier sorting, when dried and distributed to the various floors. We do not have indication of a weekly pattern of sheet changing, but certainly all boarders were responsible for making their own beds every morning before breakfast, as had been the expectation from the beginning of Schutz boarding, so it seems reasonable to assume that sheets were changed once a week, on a day different from the day clothes were washed. Boarders would have had daily and weekly chores outside cleaning their own rooms. Sorting laundry, mending clothes, picking and arranging flowers for the dining tables, sweeping classrooms and hallways, picking up debris from the grounds, all would have come under rotation for all grades, from youngest to oldest. This year, eight families accounted for 18 students, nearly half the student enrollment. Nine students were there without siblings, but only three were new to Schutz this year. Mildred Heasty, in the 5th grade, joined the Adair siblings in their journey to Schutz from Sudan. Frank McClanahan and Mary McFeeters left the school in Assiut and joined the 9th grade class; and Frances Hickman, at Schutz for the first year, entered as a 10th grader. The day students remained consistent—Mary and H. Earl Russell, Jr., from the American consulate, and Chrystall Neff, from a non-Presbyterian mission agency in the city. But of the new students in the previous year, three did not return, and three Mission families left the field, taking 6 long-time Schutz students—the Caldwells, the McLaughlins and the Roys. The McLaughlins returned to the field after their year of furlough; the Roys and the Caldwells did not.
Sports, Clubs, After School Activities
A Boy Scout troop was reestablished at Schutz this year. Wallace Jamison, a 9th grader, who had been in the States with his family for the 1931-1932 year, had become active in scouting while there. He wanted to continue this in Egypt; he petitioned an Area Council in the region of Ohio where his parents lived that furlough year, and was granted permission to set up a Lone Scout Patrol. He returned to Egypt as a Scout leader and unofficial scout master. He named the Patrol at Schutz the Scarabus Beetle Patrol. “It wasn’t difficult to get all the boys of Scouting age at Schutz to join,” he said. “The best part of our scouting experience was taking weekend hikes.” [William Jamison, Questionnaire, 1996] Hiking and exploring had always been popular among the boys at Schutz. Now they put on uniforms and made ‘official’ explorations. Former Schutz scouts from this period remembered meeting up with Scouts of other national backgrounds as they hiked around Alexandria. Though the Scarabus Beetle Patrol had no official adult leader, parents and missionaries resident in Alexandria helped the boys complete requirements for merit badges.
Alexandria had many places for adventure. Several boys of this period took an interest in ancient history and made disciplined exploration of historical sites in and around the city. Paul Jamison, Wallace’s younger brother, recalled some rather dangerous expeditions of ancient catacombs toward the center of Alexandria. On several occasions, this year and those afterwards, the boys squeezed themselves through narrow crevices in the bedrock, searching for ancient artifacts in the catacombs. What they found on these occasions and on other, later explorations, they brought back to their museum, a room set aside for them in the Old Fort on the northwest corner of campus. These explorations during the school year came to an end on the occasion that police discovered them and drove the boys off.
But during the summers, when everyone had moved over to Sidi Bishr, the boys began exploring the region on a larger scale. Paul Jamison recalled that one summer, the boys discovered a temple buried in the desert sand about a mile east of the Sidi Bishr camp. They spent several weeks excavating the temple, and managed to drag a piece of marble back to camp. But when they returned to the site to dig up more of the temple, again they were stopped by the authorities, who recognized what the boys had found.
During the school year, though deterred from exploring the remains of ancient times, the Scouts turned to investigating abandoned British army campsites dotting the coastline east of Sidi Bishr. They found unspent British bullets, among other things. “[Back at Schutz] We put them between the door and the frame, closed it until we could remove the sharp end of the bullet from the casing, and dumped the powder out. When we’d collected an amount we thought sufficient, we made a miniature cannon: we bored a hole in the end of the casing, stuff it with gunpowder, cotton and BBs. We’d set them off with a hot tack which we’d heated in a flame till it was red hot. Then we’d shoot the contents at lead soldiers we’d lined up at the other end of the room. We did this during quiet hour.” [Paul Jamison in an interview with Meloy and Weaver-Gelzer, 2/13/95]
The boys were not the only ones intentionally doing things they knew would have been forbidden, had they asked permission. During the second semester of their last year, two of the three girls in the junior class were caught smoking cigarettes in their room. Smoking, drinking alcohol and dancing were three ‘fast’ activities seriously frowned on by the adults in the UPNA denomination. No doubt smoking was considered much more serious than playing with gunpowder. The reaction from Mr. Nolin in particular to the smoking escapades “—genuine horror, earnest lectures, sharp rebukes—was heavier than we had dreamed,” said Ellen McFeeters [Essay, Book of Our Lives 1997] “We worried that we might not be allowed to graduate, but they did let us. We had been called ‘The Three Graces,’ earlier in the year, and we were anxious that Mr. Nolin, in presenting diplomas, would speak of us as ‘Disgraces,’ but he didn’t. Everything went smoothly.”
In May of 1933, an additional 15% reduction in missionaries’ salaries went into effect, along with further cuts in the children’s allowance. Finances were so tight that the Board of Foreign Missions asked missionaries who were due for furlough (after 7 years on the field) to delay their return for a year. This was presumably to cut down on travel costs and furlough expenses, as well as to keep as many missionaries as possible on the field to staff the work, in a time when no replacements or reinforcements could be sent.