Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana. Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913, p. 846
The progenitors of Henry J. ROACH, the efficient and trustworthy manager of the Crawfordsville Water & Gas Co. were on the paternal side, natives of Ireland, in fact, no further back than the father, however, the major portion of his life was spent in the US. However, our subject seems to have inherited many of the winning and commendable traits of the Celtic race. Mr. Roach was born in Chicago, May 4, 1866, son of henry J. and Sarah WATT Roach. Henry J. Roach was born in Cork, Ireland and he was 3 when his parents brought him to America and here he grew to manhood and was educated. When a young man he took up railroading and being alert and industrious as well as trustworthy, his rise was rapid and he followed this vocation all his active life, reaching responsible positions and becoming widely known as a railroad man in the Middle West. His last official position was that of division superintendent of Logansport, Detroit &W abash Railroad, which responsible post he held for a long period with the usual satisfactory and laudable results. He is now living in retirement with his son, Henry J in Crawfordsville. His wife passed to her eternal rest in 1891. Henry J. Roach received a good common school education and he began life for himself not by following in the footsteps of his father in a business way and entering the railroad field, but by taking up the water works question which he has continued to the present time, having mastered the various ins and outs of this line. For a number of years he had charge of gangs building water works plants at different places such as Danville, Champaign, Aurora, and other places in Ill and Ind and later he had charge of plants in these two states, also Ohio giving eminent satisfaction in all of them. In 1912 he came to Crawfordsville as manager of the Crawfordsville Water & Gas Co which position he is holding at this writing and he is doing much to improve the local plant and service. Politically, he is a Democrat, but he has never been especially active in public matters. Religiously, he belongs to the Presbyterian church and fraternally is a member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks. Mr. Roach was married Dec 23, 1893 to Dolly Campbell of Logansport, Indiana the daughter of Maurice and Mary Campbell an excellent family of that city where they have long resided. To our subject and wife have been born 3 children: Esther, Gladys and Mildred, all at home and attending the local schools.