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

Early Jewish Settlers in Towns of Southwest, Oklahoma

Lawton

Harris Handverker arrived 1901 to start a Department store.

His son,  Morris Handverker  joined the business later.

 

Apache

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

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

 

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 Southwest Oklahoma Exhibit

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