Where Simon Truby’s Kids Lived

The Apples Didn’t Fall Far from the Tree

All 9 of Simon Truby’s children grew up in the brick farmhouse he built around 1844. That house, which still stands today at 708 Terrace Ave in Apollo PA, must’ve lived large in the Truby kids’ memories even after they’d moved out and on with their lives—probably like that intense mix of emotions most of us can feel about our own childhood homes. You might imagine the Truby children roaming the farm and grabbing apples & pears from Simon’s orchards, or maybe catching crayfish in Sugar Hollow Run along today’s N 11th Street. Farm chores too were surely part of their daily lives. It might have felt magical to grow up on this modest Western Pennsylvania farm, or it might have felt gawd awful. Or maybe something in between. We can’t know for sure, but we can guess!

For whatever reasons—maybe fondness or failures—Simon Truby’s children stayed close to home once they reached adulthood. Many of his grandkids did, too. Most bought property from Simon or his estate after his death, etching out their own homes on former farmland.

Of course, there’s a tale to tell about each of Simon’s children. For now, though, we’ll focus on where these folks lived in adulthood.  At the end of the article, you’ll find a link to an interactive map showing where some of Simon Truby’s children and grandkids lived. And if you have any stories or photos of the houses or their owners, please share by commenting at the end of this article.

Where Simon Truby’s Kids Lived. This photo of the north end of Apollo, PA, c 1890, shows the remains of Simon Truby’s dwindling farmland a few years after his death in 1886. By this time, 6 of his 9 children had purchased properties or would soon build homes on his former farm. Click on image to enlarge. 

Simon Truby’s Daughters

Simon’s 4 daughters—Mary Jane, Julia, Belle, and Hannah—were the first to leave the homestead when each got married, sometime before the 1870s. Three of the daughters married Civil War veterans who fought for the Union: William Henry Henry (Mary Jane Truby), Samuel C Carpenter (Belle), and Sam S Jack (Hannah). [Read more about Apollo’s memorial to Civil War veterans by visiting the Apollo Area Historical Society’s new blog.]

Deeds, maps, and census records show that the properties of Mary Jane, Hannah, and Julia Truby were next to each other near the intersection of N Warren Ave and N 7th Street. Mary Jane‘s and Hannah‘s houses no longer exist. For more about Mary Jane & her family’s Apollo house, see What Happened to Mary Jane and William Henry’s Property in Apollo? The property owned by Hannah Truby Jack and her husband SS Jack, located at the corner of Warren Ave & N 6th Street, is now the site of a business called Steele’s Golden Rule Motors. The house is long gone.

Simon Truby’s 3 eldest daughters—Mary Jane, Julia, and Hannah—owned adjacent properties that had once been on the southwestern end of Simon’s farm. Today only one of those houses remains, the brown house previously owned by Julia Truby & husband J F Whitlinger at 403 N 7th Street, shown in the upper left of this photo. Mary Jane’s house is now a vacant lot, and the plot owned by Hannah is now home to Steele’s Golden Rule Motors. Click on photo to enlarge.

The house below, at 403 N 7th St, was owned by Simon’s daughter Julia Truby and her husband John Finley (J F)  Whitlinger. It’s unclear if or when Julia and her family lived in the house, as they owned a few properties, including J F’s  tannery near the intersection of today’s N Warren and N 9th Street (the tannery, too, was built on Simon Truby’s farm). Beginning around 1900, the house on N 7th Street was rented by Julia and J F’s grown son Charles E Whitlinger, a plumber who lived here with his wife Rose and their family until the mid-1920s, when they bought their own home in North Apollo. Charles & Rose’s children who grew up in the house below included Guy E Whitlinger, Martha B Whitlinger, Wilda M Whitlinger, Flora Whitlinger, and Wallace Whitlinger.

The house at 403 N 7th Street was owned by Julia Truby Whitlinger and her husband J F Whitlinger. Known as Lot 18 in the Simon Truby addition to Apollo, it was 1 of more than 30 residential lots that Simon Truby mapped out himself around 1860. For more about Simon Truby’s additions to Apollo borough, read Location, Location, Location. Photo by Vicki Contie

J F Whitlinger died in 1909, and his widow Julia Truby Whitlinger ended up living in the house shown below, at the corner of S 4th Street and Kiski Ave, near the banks of the Kiskiminitas River. The widow Julia lived here with 3 of her adult children until her death in 1921. The children—Ralph W Whitlinger, May L Whitlinger, & Logan H Whitlinger—continued to live here through at least the 1930s.

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Julia Truby Whitlinger owned and lived in this house at 311 Kiski Ave, near the intersection of 4th Street, from at least 1910 to her death in 1921. Three of her grown children continued to live here until at least the 1930s.

Simon’s youngest daughter, Belle Truby, and her husband Samuel C Carpenter bought Lot 4 from among the hundreds of properties plotted on the farm after Simon Truby’s death. By 1896, they had built this house, located at 518 N 7th Street, just around the corner from the brick Truby farmhouse where Belle grew up.

The home of Belle Truby and her husband Samuel C Carpenter at 518 N 7th Street in Apollo PA. Photo by Vicki Contie

After Samuel’s death, widow Belle Truby Carpenter moved a block away to another  home that also had once been a part of Simon Truby’s farm, at 504 N 6th Street. The house passed to Belle’s son, CW Carpenter, after her death in 1927.

Widow Belle Truby Carpenter rented and then later owned this house at 504 N 6th Street in Apollo PA. This was known as Lot 9 in the Simon Truby addition to Apollo Borough. Photo by Vicki Contie

Simon’s Sons

Simon’s eldest son Henry Truby (1849-1927) ended up purchasing the Truby farmhouse after his dad’s death. Henry is the mustachioed fellow standing at right in the photo below, c 1890. Henry is flanked by his widowed mother Elizabeth at left and by his wife Sarah Belle Whitlinger Truby at right (she’s J F Whitlinger’s sister). The others are Henry’s and Sarah Belle’s children, many of whom ended up living nearby when they ventured out on their own.

Simon Truby’s farmhouse, c 1890, located today at 708 Terrace Ave, Apollo PA. The man standing at right is Simon’s eldest son Henry Hill Truby, who owned the farmhouse after his dad’s death. Photo courtesy Barb Aitchison, Simon Truby’s great-great granddaughter.

CHTruby-ApolloNewsRecord-1916.jpgSimon Truby’s youngest son, Charles Hill Truby, became a prominent business man and owned a hardware store on First Street in Apollo. He married Carrie L E Johnson around 1867, and he lived at 601 Terrace Ave, just a block down the street from the farmhouse where he grew up. More about him, his siblings, and his children will come in a future blog post.

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601 Terrace Ave, home of Charles Hill Truby, Simon Truby’s youngest son. Photo c 1925 shows Charles’ grandson, S Thompson Truby, sitting on a horse. Photo courtesy Linda Truby Touzeau, Simon Truby’s great-great granddaughter.

Interactive Map: Homes of Simon Truby’s Kids & Grandkids

To get a sense of how Simon Truby’s descendants gradually spread out across Apollo and the Kiski valley, check out this interactive map of the Homes of Simon Truby’s Kids and Grandkids in Apollo and environs. I’ll keep updating it as more info emerges.

Map to the homes of Simon Truby’s children & grandchildren. Click on the map to open the interactive version. Or click here.

Keep reading the Truby Farmhouse blog to learn about the triumphs and travails of the Truby tribe, their friends, neighborhoods, and houses, and share some stories of your own.

Love Apollo area history? Have some free time or some spare cash? Please help to protect our local memories, photos, stories, & places by volunteering or becoming a member of the awesome Apollo Area Historical Society at apollopahistory.wordpress.com/become-a-member.

In an upcoming blog post, look for part 2 of the tale of Mary Jane Truby & William H Henry: Resilience in the Aftermath of Adversity. Stay cool, history lovers!

-by Vicki Contie
Ellicott City, MD

Note: The Featured Image at the top of this blog post is an oil painting by Hans Olde (1855-1917) titled “Woman with Children Under the Apple Tree (Motherhood),” dated 1895.


  1. Wow, I purchased my first home from Fred Truby’s son, Charles F. Truby. Located on North 6th St. behind the home of his father, Charles Hill Truby. ( 601 Terrace Ave)
    I did title searches for a living and purchased this home in 1980 and to this day it remains the most difficult search for a residential property I have ever searched. This particular Truby, Charles Hill Truby was either very tight with his wallet or his land because his son, Fred Truby purchased the house with 3 different deeds….one parcel big enough for just the house to be built , no yard included, one piece of land for a driveway only and in Charles F. Truby’s will he gave his son, Fred, the first right to purchase the barn, which was the garage and that would include the back yard. The people that purchased it from me would be the third family that ever lived in that home. They still reside there.

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  2. Would you have any information on guy karle truby or his father winchester hill truby? They had a farm on old airport rd. In that area. Any info. Would be greatly welcomed. Thank you.


  3. Would love to know if there are any close relatives still in the area of late Simon and Henry? We just purchased 708 terrace ave and I would enjoy to hear any piece of history they would love to offer, or email!


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