Early Jewish Pioneer Businessmen
Meyer Meibergen and Marinus Godschalk – cousins from Holland, by way of Kansas opened Meibergen & Godschalk Mens Clothing in 1893.
Their store remained open until 1944, always run by family members.
1899, Abe Herzberg and Samuel Renberg run Herzberg’s Department Store.
1902, the brothers Max Hirsch, Albert and later Morris open Hirsch Bros. Clothing store. The store closed in 1919.
1904, Herbert Kaufman and a brother arrive and open a dry-goods store. The Kaufman’s store remained in business until 1940.
Around the same time, Leopold and Julius Meis ran another clothing store as did Harry Woolf.
1907, Albert Loewen builds the elegant Loewen Hotel.
1909, Robert Aronberg and Edmund Klein owned Model Clothing.
Charles Lowenstein owned a tailor shop.
1913, Frank Locke, later of Ponca, was a tailor.
In 1897, Joseph Meibergen was elected Mayor of Enid.
Albert Loewen served on the committee that succeeded in bringing Phillips University to Enid, in 1906.
Temple Emanuel Congregation (Reform) was chartered in 1911.
It met in various locations: Seventh Day Adventist Church, Loewen Hotel, and the Masonic Hall.
Temple Emanuel never had permanent building. Its high point was 1915 with 15 member families.
Its religious school met in the Loewen Hotel.
The Founding Trustees of Temple Emanuel:
Harry B. Wolf (or Woolf)– President and men’s furnishings salesman
Herbert L. Kaufman
Isadore Gratz, Secretary.
The synagogue affiliated with the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, (UAHC), between 1910 & 1919,
Rabbi Joseph Blatt served the congregation during many of these years.
The congregation disbanded in 1930. Intermarriage may have caused its decline.
A Jewish Section was dedicated in the local Enid Cemetery.
1924, a B’nai B’rith lodge was founded with 20 members
Sol Newman, President.
Enid’s gentile citizens were very supportive of their Jewish neighbors up to and throughout WWII.
- Tobias, Henry J. The Jews of Oklahoma. University of Oklahoma Press, 1980.
- Jewish Virtual Library
- Encyclopedia Judaica
- Institute of Southern Jewish Life
Regina Merwin is the Curator for this Enid, Oklahoma Exhibit
Pictures and more information would be very helpful for this exhibit.