Early Jewish Pioneers of Ponca City, Tonkawa, Pawhuska, Perry, and Blackwell in North Central Oklahoma

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Early Jewish Settlers in Towns of North Central Oklahoma

Ponca City

In the 1920’s, Morris Keiser, a geophycist, worked for Marland Refining and for L. H. Wentz.

Ponca City had a Reform congregation, Temple Emanuel



Morris and Sophie Schonwald were early settlers.



Harris Brenner had been in the area from the 188’0s as post trader.

He was President of the 1st National Bank of Pawhuska, which he organized in 1902.

Harris Brenner also started Pawhuska Oil and Gas Co. in 1903.



In 1892,  a Mr. Kretsch arrived from Bohemia.

He served as Mayor of Perry for three or four terms.



David Schonwald, a Hungarian immigrant came to Oklahoma Territory before the turn of the 20th Century.

He worked as a section hand on the Santa Fe Railroad in Guthrie.

David Schonwald later became president of a gas and oil company and a bank in Blackwell,.

He later moved to Oklahoma City where he becamea prominent Oklahoma City businessman and a Jewish leader.




  • 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 North Central Oklahoma Exhibit

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