From the September 1926 Bric-a-Brac "On the first day of school Mrs. Baird and Donald left for Zagazig, after coming in from Sidi Bishr and spending the night here. Mrs. McGill left the next day, after bringing us two new pupils. Mrs. Birbari came to Schutz at the opening of school and brought us two other new pupils. Margaret McLaughlin returned to school on Tuesday of the second week, having recovered from an attack of influenza which kept her from our company at the beginning. Mr. McLaughlin brought his daughter to us. The Roll at the present time totals twenty nine pupils. We welcome very heartily all the new pupils to Schutz. In this issue of the Bric-a-Brac we wish to send greetings to our friends in Cairo and Assiut, and wish them a most happy school year."
Mary McClenahan, Bric-a-Brac editor, 10th grade
Faculty and Staff
From the September 1926 Bric-a-Brac
"Our new teacher, Miss McConagha, is filling her place very well indeed, and we are very happy to have this addition to our faculty. We hope she will like us, too ." Mary McClenahan, editor, September Bric-a-Brac, 10th grade
"Miss McConagha came on Friday, September 10th. Friday afteroon we had no school because Miss Warne and Miss Kelsey wanted to go to the station to meret Miss McConagha. No one did much that afternoon except fix up his room, and talk all the time about the coming of the new teacher. She arrived about seven o'clock in the evening and we had a late supper. As it was already late when Miss McConagha came, we didn't get to see much of her until next morning."
Robert Walker, 8th grade
From the September 1926 Bric-a-Brac
"New Eating Quarters: Our new dining room is just below our old one, on the ground floor, west. There are so many boarders this year we have need of three tables in the main dining room and one in the side dining room. The first week, the high school students sat at that table, but on the first 'number day' the most of them had to come out and locate themselves among the rest of us. We have a new cook this year, and he serves us very good meals. We can depend on him to have the meals on time, and that is good when one is hungry."
William Baird, 7th grade
"Newcomers: We are very glad to have nine new pupils, who are: Mary Scott in the 5th grade, Arnan Scott in the 3rd grade, Lois McGill and Clarence Birbari in the 6th grade, Harvey Birbari in the 8th grade, Moneera Finley, Frank Thompson, Willis McGill and Henry Russel, who are our high school freshmen. Four of these are from Cairo and three from Assiut. The Scott children come from America. We are very glad to have all these new pupils and we welcome them to our school."
Mac Roy, 7th grade
"Changes: Schutz is quite the same place, but it is different. For one thing, there is quite a green grass plot out in front [of the main building, facing north]. That makes the whole garden look different. Last year, the first floor was used for the school rooms, that is, half of it was, and the other have was used as the boys' dormitory. But this year, the ground floor is used for the school and the dining rooms, and all the first floor is used as the boys' dormitory. The girls' dormitory is on the second floor, as it was last year, only there are more girls living there. I think our school is bigger and better this year."
Lowell Neff, 8th grade
"The Carpenter Shop: The bathing cabins which were at Sidi Bishr were brought over here to Schutz to stay till next summer. One of these cabins was set up, and the room partitions taken out. On the 7th of September, the boys were told they were to have a carpenter shop. You may be sure we were very glad, to say the least. We all went to the shop and got a look, and some sand paper. Then we fitted up the shop with shelves, and got hammers, saws and other tools. Our great need at present is a plane. "On Saturday we started working. Henry Russel made a table, William Baird a seaman's chest with hinges and a lock. He also made a pot rack. I am making an over-shot water wheel. Here we must thank Dr. Roy, for he made all the arrangements, set up the cabin and everything for us."
Harvey Birbari, 8th grade
From the October 1926 Bric-a-Brac
"New Lumber: When our new school desks came last month, they were crated in boxes made of thin hardwood. The boys immediately sent in a petition to Dr. Roy requesting the use of that lumber. As he had no particular use for the wood it was designated for the apprentices in the carpenters' club. This wood, being thin, strong and flexible, was used chiefly in the manufacture of weapons, especially daggers and swords. Thus the wearing of concealed and unconcealed weapons has become more common in Schutz. However, not everyone is so warlike, for Henry Russel made a pair of very nice book ends, and Mac Roy made a small model of "The Constitution". Robert Galloway also built a whole fleet of airplanes."
Robert Walker, 8th grade
"Current Events, Duties: One of the new innovations this year is that each one in Schutz has been made responsible for some special duty of his own. When one fails to do his one duty he alone is to blame. This relieves the teachers to a very great extent, if everyone is faithful."
Mary Smith, 8th grade
From the November 1926 Bric-a-Brac
"Current Events, Duties: The 'duties' were changed at the first of the month and they will be changed at the first of every month. Willis McGill was November librarian until he went away, when Frank was given his job." Willis McGill, 9th grade
"Current Events: The high school girls one night moved their beds out onto the balcony in order to partake of the rapidly passing sea breezes. According to orders that they should use all precautions to keep from taking cold, they each wore a straw hat through the night."
Willis McGill, 9th grade
"Making Our Farewells: To do our part to make the voyage of our friends [the Bairds and the McGills] pleasant we all contributed to the making of a Sunshine Box, put together by the artistic young ladies of Schutz high school. The Box contained letters, gifts, pictures, drawings and many other interesting and unusual articles. On Wednesday, November 24, the five of our Schutz students left for the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. In the days before, we had tried not to think of this gloomy day. Our success was so complete that when it actually arrived we all were simply shocked it had come so soon. In order that our pictures for the Annual might include all who were leaving, we transformed a corner of the garden into a photographer's studio, and all lined up 'watching for the birdie.' About nine o'clock on THE day Dr. Roy began to get nervous. Elizabeth the car was backed out of the garage and thoroughly gone over. The first one in our 'bus' was Donald [Baird, aged 3] who sat in the back crunching rusks. Meanwhile, the 'Sunshine Box' had reached completion and was sitting on the running board. School was dismissed so we walked out ensemble to bid our adieus. All were ready for the departure and the car rolled out for the gate. How dear Schutz seemed after they had left! The bottom had dropped out. That evening Mrs. Birbari returned from the boat with a description of what splendid accommodations they had. They all wrote us notes on their dinner menu cards and from what they said, I'm sure they'll have a lovely trip. We certainly want to thank the kids of Assiut and Cairo who sent letters for the Sunshine Box. With your letters it was possible to have a letter a day for each family. I know the voyagers will appreciate them immensely, and so did we."
Mary McClenahan, 10th grade
"The Barber: On Tuesday the 23rd we had our hair cut. Dr. Roy got us a different barber this time. He cut our hair much faster than the other barber had, but we all liked the work of the other one better. Some of the boys had to be sent up twice because this one didn't take enough off at first. And he left before we all could get our hair cut. However, we do like a barber who works fast."
Anna Moore, 6th grade
"The Thief: One morning just as all the boys were trying to see who could jump the highest, Mac came down saying that a door had been left open, so Harvey and Mac went over to see about it. As they would not tell me what happened, I went to see for myself. I found all the servants looking very blue because nearly all the clothes had been stolen. Dr. Roy had a policeman come, who examined the footprints. As this is not the first robbery the servants have had here, some of us at Schutz are saying no other servants will want to come for fear of having their things stolen."
Lowell Neff, 7th grader
"The Guard: Wash-day is on Tuesday at Schutz. And though two or three washer women are summoned each week, the washing is usually not finished till mid-morning on Wednesday. This was the case on November 9, but when the wash women came again the next morning, to their great dismay, it was discovered that 15 bath towels were missing. Careful investigation was made, but who stole the clothes and linens and how they were stolen is still a mystery. The door to the wash house had been securely locked the night before, and had been found locked the next morning. However, one of the bars covering the window was slightly bent. It is thought the thief made his entrance through the window, but some of us are suggesting the thief would have had to be on a diet before attempting the robbery. A few nights later a tall stranger was seen leaning on his rifle in the shadow of a tree in the garden, as we were coming up from supper. The next morning all the boys went down in the garden early to become acquainted with the new night watchman, who was quite friendly and showed us his rifle, which I mentioned before. The weapon was a a double barreled twelve gauge shot-gun of the latest style. The Schutz sentinel is of Bedouin pedigree, some distant relative of the Sidi Bishr overseer. He comes over every evening and 'guards' till seven o'clock the next morning. I guess everyone feels more secure at night when he goes to bed, to know there is a nightwatchman in the garden."
Robert Walker, 8th grade
From the December 1926 Bric-a-Brac
"Winter's Arrival: The coming of winter at Schutz is slow, but noticeable. You first notice it by the temperature of the water in the shower. Sniffling and coughing and an increase of handkerchiefs in the wash are also among the first symptoms of winter. Then the bright colored sweaters come out, day by day, until you see no one without one. Then comes the wind banging doors, even though signs are pasted all over all of them telling you to keep them shut, a Schutz law which is most often violated. Wind is followed by rain, with cloudy days and overcoats and small rivers of water running from the porch door to your bed, there each morning when you awake. More blankets! The winter boxes are unpacked and new wardrobes fitted out. Every morning at breakfast the weather prophets predict rain or something else as bad. But the most curious symptom of winter is that we begin to talk about and then count the days till Christmas. Then you know something is happening. Scurryings into town, fast-emptying purses, "Keep Out" signs on each door, the rustling of paper heard from the other side. You can't possibly mistake the coming of winter at Schutz."
Mary Smith, 8th grade
From the January 1927 Bric-a-Brac
"Current Events, Illness: All through the city people have been suffering from the influenza. We had hoped to escape it here, but Ruth and Robert Galloway, Mary Caldwell, Margaret McLaughlin, Katherine Roy, Anna Moore, Isabel and Junior Roy all contracted the disease. A week later, Mary Smith was taken ill, and in order that she, having rather a high temperature, be under proper treatment, she was removed to the Anglo-Swiss hospital in the city. We hope she may return to us very soon."
Mary McClenahan, 10th, editor of the January Bric-a-Brac
From the Bric-a-Brac September 1926
“The second Tuesday, school started over in the salemlik for the Primary folks. This is an ever present delight to the third graders, who have a teacher all to themselves, “a real clock with real hands that will really move”, and time to play “games.” Miss McConagha is the new teacher from America, and the children enjoy her very much.” Mary McClenahan, 10th grade, Editor, September Bric-a-Brac
From the Bric-a-Brac, December 1926
"In Geography we have started to make travel booklets. Each of us is going to different places. Last year we made booklets of English poems, but this year instead, we made envelopes with gray paper, and we write the poems on white cards. We like it better this way, as we can just take out a card to use it.
From the May 1927 Bric-a-Brac
"The close of the 1927 school year, on Monday, May 30, is a big event at Schutz School. From these halls of learning 7 Eighth Grade pupils, and 2 high school seniors are graduating. In the afternoon will be the annual piano recital. Already scales and exercises have been abandoned for the practice of gavottes and barcarolles while we try vainly to memorize our pieces in time for the recital. The concord of sounds is nerve wracking, especially when two begin to play on the same piano at the same time. The Eighth Grade 'graduates' will each prepare and deliver a short speech on some subject most interesting to the speaker. And afterwards, the High School graduation. The program here is to consist of piano and vocal music, orations delivered by the senior class, and the class graduating address to be given by Dr. H.A. Kelsey, Vice President of Muskingum College. It is not very high school that brings its speakers from a distance of 8000 miles!"
The Senior Class, Dorothy Walker, Mary McLanahan
"People say to us, 'You must be looking forward to Commencement' it's hard to know what to answer. A person wouldn't be human who didn't look forward to vacation, yet we both certainly hate the thought of leaving Schutz. Schutz has meant a great deal to both of us, and I know we are going to miss it all TERRIBLY. So----here's to our Schutz!"
Dorothy Walker, Mary McLanahan, 11th grade
“As to graduating from the 11th grade and returning to the States for the 12th grade, my impression is there was no hard and fast rule in the Mission. Many things affected decisions as to WHEN to send a child to America to continue education. The timing of parents’ furloughs, the availability of relatives in America where the child would be welcome when school was out; the aptitude of the child for meeting and coping with changed circumstances, the degree of parental fortitude when facing the act of sending off a child to a far-distant location making togetherness and ‘ready-at-hand’ support part of the question. People have spoken about the indispensability of such characteristics as courage, trust and faith in helping both the child and parents to come to grips with new realities and to determine, in reliance on God, to make a success of these situations and arrangements.”
The Rev. Willis McGill, a son of the Egypt Mission who had one year at Schutz, and whose own sons followed the pattern of spending their senior years of high school in the States, in private correspondence with A Meloy and C Weaver-Gelzer, 1996