Early Jewish Pioneers of Bristow, Norman, Stillwater, Purcell, Tecumseh & Seminole in Central Oklahoma

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Early Jewish Settlers in Towns of Central Oklahoma

Bristow, Oklahoma

Louis Loeffler was the Legal Counselor for Belmont Oil and the Hughes Drilling Co.

Bristow, Oklahoma street scene, turn of the century

Norman, Oklahoma

Home of the University of Oklahoma

In 1916,  Nathan Court – Professor in Math Department of the University.

In 1921, Benjamin Botkin – Professor in English Department of the University.

Jewish students, fraternities and sororities were an early part of the University.

Auditorium at University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, Vintage Postcard

Auditorium at University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, Vintage Postcard

Stillwater, Oklahoma

Jake Katz settled in the 1890’s

 

Purcell, Oklahoma

Berty and Rose Weitzenhoffer settled in Purcell before 1889.

 

Tecumseh, Oklahoma

Max and Julius Krouch, brothers from Germany, established a business in the early 1890’s.

Max Krouch was Chairman of the Pottawatomie County Excise Board until 1948.

He was also Chairman of the Draft Board during WWII.

He was a philanthropist.

An elementary school is named for him.

In 1916, Julius Krouch was elected County Commissioner of Pottawatomie County.

He was a Democratic Presidential Convention Delegate in 1908.

Tecumseh, Oklahoma Train Station, Vintage Postcard

Seminole, Oklahoma

Seminole had a Reform synagogue.

 

Sources:

  • Jewish Virtual Library
  • Encyclopedia Judaica
  • Tobias, Henry J. The Jews of Oklahoma.  University of Oklahoma Press, 1980.
  • Institute of Southern Jewish Life

Regina Merwin is Curator of this Towns of Central Oklahoma Exhibit

This page is a rough outline. We need more information of the Early Pioneers and Pictures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources

  • 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 McAlester, Hartshorne & Wilburton, Oklahoma Exhibit

Pictures and more information would be very helpful for this exhibit.

 

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