Early Jewish Pioneers of Lawton, Apache, and Carnegie in Southwest, Oklahoma

Early Jewish Settlers in the Towns of Southwest, Oklahoma

Lawton, Oklahoma

Harris Handverker arrived, in 1901, to start a Department store.

His son,  Morris Handverker  joined the business later.

Lawton, OK 1909 Car Parade, Vintage Postcard

Apache, Oklahoma

The Levite family opened the Handy Corner General Store to trade with the Indians, in 1903.

The Lowenstein’s also had the Lowenstein Store, in Apache, in 1908.


Carnegie, Oklahoma

Mr. Grad ran a branch of the Dixie Store from, 1911.



  • 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 Southwest Oklahoma Exhibit

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