Saturday April 6, 2002 T&T Weekly Vol 6 Issue 259
All my life I've wonder where Alpers, Oklahoma was located. Its on all the maps,
even the big Rand-McNally map book. On all the maps it shows an Alpers, Oklahoma in
northern Carter county, just three miles east of Tatums, Oklahoma (13 miles west of
Davis, Oklahoma). I've been down that stretch of Highway 7 a thousand times and
never have a saw a sign that read Alpers or anything to indicate that a town was in
that area. So, this week I decided to investigate. I found the most information in
the Indian Territory and Carter County Pioneers Book. Before statehood Alpers was
known as Homer, Oklahoma. In September 1902 it was surveyed and platted by U.S.
Surveyor Frank Ryan. The town of Alpers was official on November 5, 1902 when the
Department of the Interior in Washington DC approved it.
This is from the present day Official Oklahoma State map showing Alpers (see blue
Alpers was named after Dr. Henry William Alpers. Henry Alpers was born October 8,
1866 in Hamburg, Germany. Henry and his uncle came to Ardmore when Henry was 12
years old. Henry's parents were to come to Ardmore but for some reason that never
happened. After completing medical school in Joplin, Missouri Henry travelled with
another Ardmore doctor in the 1880s and 1890s. Some time later he settled in Davis,
Indian Territory and practiced medicine in Davis and also in Hennepin. He owned a
drug store in Homer (later named Alpers) and a grocery store at Gooseneck, Indian
On July 31, 1905 Dr Henry Alpers married a Waco, Texas lady named Stella May Davis.
They raised three children, Thelma Maye Alpers Halcomb, Curtis Lee Alpers, and Eva
Lou Alpers Lawrence. Dr. Alpers died November 13, 1935 and Stella died in 1973. They
are both buried in Davis, Oklahoma.
Here a photo of Dr. Henry William Alpershttp://www.brightok.net/~bridges/ttphotos/alpershw.jpg
Here is the plat of Alpers has filed with the Department of Interior in 1902http://www.brightok.net/~bridges/ttphotos/alpersmap.jpg
Alpers was located in the southeast corner of Highway 7 and Wingo Road. There are
only a couple of houses now at that location. Alpers..... now only a memory of the
past. I do hope someone out there remembers Alpers and can shed more light on that
town of bygone years.