In 1843, Simon Truby of Warren (now Apollo) purchased 156+ acres of land from Dr. James R. Speer and his wife Hettie of Pittsburgh, at a cost of $3,000. Truby’s original farm included the north end of Apollo above 5th Street, parts of Oak Hill, Pegtown, and North Apollo up to about 16th Street.
Simon Truby farmhouse, circa 1890, at left. Sometime before 1950, a brick pantry and later a garage was added to what used to be the front of the house. The facade facing Terrace Ave today used to be the back of the house.