Gorby Family Orchard near New Martinsville, W. Va.
'The Gorby farm was three miles east of New Martinsville, W. Va. on Doolin Run. The one track, switchback road led from the farmhouse in the valley below to the hilltop and followed the crest of the ridge. Several varieties of apples were raised including Grimes Golden, Red Delicious, Jonathan, etc. Peaches were also raised along the right side of the road in the photo above and there were a few cherry trees. Along the track on the right can be seen a large steel tank used for spraying and watering the trees. Water was pumped from Doolin Run some 500-600 feet below in the valley. Apples were sold to various truck farm operators in the region and in the Gorby Brothers store until the early 1940's. Black walnut and hickory trees grew wild in this area and in the fall, it was a great treat to sit on the hilltop eating delicious apples, black walnuts and hickory nuts. The nuts were fine additions in cakes for fall picnics and birthdays. This farm is now the home of John and Elizabeth Estlack Mullett. John grew up on the neighboring Mullett farm which lies beyond the hilltop in the center background.'
John Gorby's Home at 714 Maple Avenue, New Martinsville, W. Va.
'Probably Irene Bucher Gorby on the porch. This home was sold to Wilbur Jacob McColloch and Mildred Gorby McColloch in 1929. The house to the left was owned by J. W. Postlethwaite. It was later raised by 8-10 feet to be out of floods which plagued New Martinsville in the early 20th Century. Flood waters never invaded the Poslethwaite living area, but reached to 8 feet in the living room of 714 Maple Ave., the window behind Mrs. Gorby. This photo is about 1908 when the Gorby's were married.'
'In the center of this historic photograph are brothers William (1840-1910) and Eli Gorby, Jr. (1831-1905) with the neck beards. They were sons of Eli Gorby Sr. (1777-1831). To the right of Eli Jr. may be Elsie Tuttle, his 3rd wife. To the left of William may be Malinda Gorby McCollough, his daughter with whom he lived his last years. Back left - Charles T. Gorby holding baby Mildred Gorby with Emma Mullett Gorby at right. In front of Charles may be Amanda and 'Zeb' Gorby. Next right are Mary Travis Gorby and Jesse K. Gorby. On far right center is Louis Oneacre holding young Herbert Oneacre with May Gorby Oneacre to his left. Addison and Ella Gorby Barnes may be behind Elsie Tuttle? Sadly, the rest are unknown, at least to SWMc.'
Gorby Family Picnic in the Gorby Apple Orchard, New Martinsville, W. Va.
'From left: Kersey Gorby, Myrta Gorby, standing lady perhaps Irene Gorby, leaning Charles H. Gorby, kneeling lady unknown, George Gorby, John Gorby, lady facing left unknown, Ireta Barnes, unknown, Charles T. Gorby, possible Bea Oneacre, Patty Oneacre or Ruth McColloch, Sam McColloch, Mary Louise Gorby, Emma Mullett Gorby, Barnes boy, perhaps Gladys Barnes, 3 unknowns, Beryl Barnes crouching, Her Oneacre, Lewis Oneacre. A Gorby Orchard apple basket in front.