Have stories, photos, or information about the Truby family, the Truby house, historic architecture, the town of Apollo, or other info you’ve seen on this website?
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I’d be especially delighted to see a photo of Simon Truby of Apollo or any of his children. And I’d love to learn more about Simon’s grandson Clark O. Truby, who was the last Truby to live in his family’s farmhouse.
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And since I’m a total amateur when it comes to historical research, I also welcome critiques or questions about any content here. I’d be especially grateful if you could share tips or resources for uncovering new clues about the farmhouse or its resident families. I’m an enthusiastic newbie keenly aware of my limited knowledge.
Likewise, please get in touch if there are certain topics you’d like to see covered in this blog. This website includes just a small fraction of the research I’ve already compiled, and I may be able to help you out if you’re looking for something in particular.
I, too, have a home in my mind — several, actually. I find that as a child I could remember interiors, file them away, and be able to pull them out as an adult. There is comfort in home. I grew up on the house my grandparents, Fernley and Alice Shockey, built on North Seventh Street. It was the last house built on that block (1930) and was a kit house from Montgomery Ward. The interior is vivid, and so are the smells. The built-in china cupboard in the dining room had its own particular scent, as did the china cupboard that held my other grandmother’s china. It also held a purple plastic bowl with clear plastic cover. In it were usually pink and white Canada mints. One time in particular it held M&Ms. Grandpa took my hand one morning and we stopped at the china cupboard on the way to breakfast and had some M&Ms. Grandma, who was making breakfast, was not amused. Grandpa and I laughed. Grandma did not. The house has a clothes chute which has the unique smell of old wood. The current owners sent photos of the work they did to the house since we sold it in 1980. It still remains the same in some areas, especially in my mind. Incidentally, that house was built on Lot 70 of the Apollo Improvement Company. From an earlier deed, Lot 71, belonging to the Rearic family, was a part of Lot 70. I believe that 612 North Seventh is the other part of Lot 70. Having been away from my childhood home for so long, when I drive by, everything — including the alley — seems to have shrunken. I’m glad to remember the details of my home in their proper size.
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