Gilbert M. Jorve came to Ypsilanti, North Dakota from Rothsay, Minnesota. He and his brother, Marius, built the Jorve Bros. Hardware Store in 1909. Gilbert also built the house that was owned by Jack Reuthers in 1982, when the Ypsilanti Community Centennial Book was published.
Gilbert Jorve's wife was named Ethel, and both were active in community affairs. Gilbert operated the store until he was killed in an automobile accident in 1934. Following his death, Ethel remained in Ypsilanti for a few years, then moved to Jamestown, where she was living at the time of her death. Gilbert and Ethel had three children: Vernon, Harold, and Thelma.