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

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Early Jewish Settlers in Towns of Southwest, Oklahoma


Harris Handverker arrived 1901 to start a Department store.

His son,  Morris Handverker  joined the business later.



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.



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







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