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SCHUTZ, SOLOMON C. (?–?). Solomon C. Schutz (Shutes), mayor of El Paso, was born in Wunnenberg, Westphalia. With his uncles Samuel and Joseph Schutz he immigrated to the area of El Paso, Texas, in the 1850s. He was elected the city's third mayor in 1880, after having served as postmaster when the first money-order division was established in El Paso. He was mayor for one year. At the first city council meeting on July 23, 1880, two major items were on the agenda-establishing the machinery for assessing and collecting taxes and imposing severe penalties for polluting the water of the acequias that provided the only available drinking water. During his administration the Southern Pacific won the race to El Paso and brought with it such a wave of lawlessness that Schutz had to call on the governor to send a company of Texas Rangersqv. Four marshals were killed while Schutz was in office, including Dallas Stoudenmire. Some sources suggest that his term was marred by favoritism and a near duel with his city marshall. In 1887 he organized an international car line to run from El Paso to Mexico. Schutz and his uncles helped organize Temple Mount Sinai. During World War I the family was converted from Judaism to Catholicism, changed their name legally to Shutes, and moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where they ran an organ and piano business. Shutes is believed to have died in Arizona.


Fred R. Egloff, El Paso Lawman: G. W. Campbell (College Station, Texas: Creative Publishing, 1982). Floyd S. Fierman, "Insights and Hindsights of Some El Paso Jewish Families," El Paso Jewish Historical Review 1 (Spring 1983). Ernst Kohlberg, Letters, 1875–1877 (El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1973). William Wallace Mills, Forty Years at El Paso (El Paso?, 1901; 2d ed., El Paso: Hertzog, 1962). C. L. Sonnichsen, Pass of the North: Four Centuries on the Rio Grande (2 vols., El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1968, 1980). Owen P. White, Out of the Desert: The Historical Romance of El Paso (El Paso: McMath, 1924). Ruthe Winegarten and Cathy Schechter, Deep in the Heart: The Lives and Legends of Texas Jews (Austin: Eakin Press, 1990).

Arthur H. Leibson


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Arthur H. Leibson, "SCHUTZ, SOLOMON C.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 13, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.