Sunday, March 24, 2019

Iva Roach



photographer: Roach and Powell
Cicero, Indiana
(example greatly enhanced)

reverse of the card at the left
(example greatly enhanced)

There were a number of photographers named Powell in Eastern and the Midwestern US in the late 1800’s. Nothing has been found so far to place any of them in Cicero, IN.

A 1936 newspaper item shows that Iva Roach was in Cicero until 1896 and returned to that city for a visit only 40 years later. Her obituary confirms the same dates. Another news item says that Iva Roach was teaching school in Hamilton, IN, in January of 1890. So the photograph presented here was probably finished between 1890 and 1896.

There is a curious fact about the cabinet card era photographer partnerships. The imprinted card most often shows the name of junior partner or apprentice first in the billing. It is quite possible that 20 year old Iva Roach was just learning the photography business from Powell. The best bet would be George Wallace Powell who was in Spencer County, IN, about the right time.

Although Iva Marie Roach was in the photography business from about 1896 to May of 1922, to date, no other examples of her work have been found.


Iva Marie Roach
(1868-1964)

1868 Jan 20
Boon, IN, state records, Iva Marie Roach born to Joel Thatcher Roach and Mary Jane Neidharmer; Note that the 1912 license for her marriage to James Edgar Collopy says her birth date is 1888; Note also that her age varies as much as 20 years in many documents
1880
Buena Vista, Hamilton, IN, Iva Roach as daughter living with parents age 12
1890 Jan 24
Hamilton (IN) County Democrat item mentions Miss Iva Roach as a school teacher
1890 Aug 22
Hamilton (IN) County Democrat item mentions Miss Iva Roach as Artist
1896
Noblesville (IN) Ledger news item from 1936 Jul 07 says Iva Roach was in business in Cicero until this year
1905
Indianapolis, IN, city directory, Iva Roach NOT listed

1906
Indianapolis, IN, city directory, Iva Roach as photographer; bds at 925 Illinois
1907 Apr 17
Indianapolis (IN) News item lists real estate transaction of Iva M Roach
1908, 1909, 1910
Indianapolis, IN, city directory, Iva Roach as photographer; bds at 805 Jefferson av
1910
Indianapolis (IN) Star item lists real estate transaction of Iva M Roach
1911
Indianapolis, IN city directory, Iva Roach NOT listed
1911 Aug 02 and Aug 04
Huntington (IN) Herald news items describe auto accident involving James E Collopy
1912 Feb 19
St. Joseph, IN, marriage license, Iva Roach is to marry James Edgar Collopy; note that both are listed as photographers
1913
Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN, city directory, Iva Roach NOT listed

1913 Jan 15, Jan 23
Fort Wayne (IN) Journal Gazette item says James E Collopy, a photographer, is arrested for larceny; article says Collopy and wife Iva M (Roach) Collopy opened a photo studio in Warsaw, IN, “some months ago”
1913 Jan 25
Fort Wayne (IN) Journal Gazette item says James E Collopy case has been dismissed
1915 May 22
Indianapolis (IN) Star item lists transfer of real estate from Iva M Collopy to her mother Mary J Roach
1915 Sep 18
Fort Wayne, (IN) Journal Gazette item says Mrs Iva M Collopy of Huntington, IN, formerly of Warsaw, IN, was granted a divorce from J E Collopy; item mentions that the Collopy’s purchased the Houser studio on South Buffalo st and operated for “several years”; the studio has now been sold to Dore Vanderventer
1916
Bloomington, IN, city directory, Iva Roach as photographer a 121 ½ n College, bds 510 n Lincoln; her mother, Mary J Roach living at same address

1917
Huntington, IN, city directory Iva Roach NOT listed
1918 Sep 28, Sep 29
Huntington (IN) Press, advertisement for Miss Iva Roach at 447 N Jefferson st
1920
Huntington, IN, city directory Iva Roach at 447 N Jefferson; res Mishler rd with sister Sarah Myrtle Roach Stultz;
1920 Jul 07
Huntington (IN) Herald item says Miss Iva Roach is attending a photographer convention in Cedar Point, OH
1922 Mar 08
Alexandria (IN) Times Tribune item says Fred C Benton of Oakland City, IN, is visiting brother J H Benton
1922 May 18
Huntington (IN) Press item says the Roach Studio has been sold and re-opened by Miss Eva Strayer
1922 May 28
Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel news item says Mr and Mrs Fred Benton (Fred and Iva Roach) are attending races in Indianapolis, IN



1922 Jun 05
Oakland City, IN, city records, Iva Roach and Fred C Benton are married
1923
Huntington, IN, & Princeton, IN, city directory, Fred C Benton paying taxes in Oakland, IN; Iva Roach NOT listed
1924 Jun 10
Huntington (IN) Herald item mentions Mrs Fred Benton of Oakland City, IN
1924. 1926, 1927
Huntington, IN, city directory, Fred C Benton NOT listed; The Bentons are probably living in Oakland City, IN
1925
Princeton, IN, city directory, Fred C Benton is paying taxes in Oakland City, IN, Iva Roach NOT listed
1925 Jun 11
Huntington (IN) Press obituary of Mary Jane Roach, Iva’s mother has died; item says Iva and husband are living in Oakland City, IN
1927
Princeton, IN, city directory, Iva Roach as wife of Fred C Benton, no occupation shown
1930
Oakland City, IN, US census Iva Roach as wife of Fred C Benton and no occupation shown

1935
Oakland City, IN, city directory. Fred C Benton and Iva R Benton paying taxes in Oakland City, IN
1935 Jun 05
Hamilton (OH) Journal item says James E Collopy has broken his neck in a fall and has died
1936 Jul 01
Noblesville (IN) Ledger item mentions that Miss Iva Roach was in business in Cicero for several years, her first visit if forty years
1940
Oakland CIty, IN, US census, city directory lists as Iva R Benton, owner/operator of dress shop
1940 Aug 13
Noblesville (IN) Ledger item says Miss Iva Roach painted a picture of the Case home as a present
1963 Jun 4
Princeton, IN, state records, Fred C Benton dies at age 88
1963 Jun 05
Princeton (IN) Daily Clarion news obituary says he operated the Benton Studios in Oakland City and Princeton for many years during the ‘20’s and ‘30’s
1964 Feb 14
Princeton (IN) Daily Clarion news item says Iva Bento was released from hospital

1964 Jul 31
Princeton, IN, state records, Iva Marie (Roach) Benton dies at age 96
1964 Aug 03
Princeton (IN) Daily Clarion obituary says Iva (Roach) Benton lived in Oakland City, IN, for the past 42 years and operated Benton photo Studios with her husband Fred Benton; she also operated a dress shop on Washington Street

The Hamilton County Democrat (Noblesville, IN) - 24 Jan 1890

The Hamilton County Democrat (Noblesville, IN) - 24 Jan 1890


Hamilton County Ledger -
22 Aug 1890

Huntington (IN) Weekly Herald - 29 Aug 1902


Huntington (IN) Daily News Democrat - 08 Feb 1904

Indianapolis (IN) News - 17 Apr 1907


Indianapolis (IN) Star - 16 Jun 1910

Huntington (IN) Herald - 02 Aug 1911

Huntington (IN) Herald - 04 Aug 1911


Fort Wayne (IN) Journal - 15 Jan 1913




The Argos (IN) reflector - 23 Jan 1913


Fort Wayne (IN) Journal Gazette - 25 Jan 1913


Fort Wayne (IN) Journal Gazette - 18 Sep 1915

Fort Wayne (IN) Journal Gazette - 18 Sep 1915


Huntington (IN) Herald - 28 Sep 1918

Huntington (IN) Press - 29 Sep 1918

Huntington IN city directory - 1920


Huntington (IN) Herald - 07 Jul 1920


Alexandria (IN) Times Tribune - 08 Mar 1922

Huntington (IN) Press - 18 may 1922


Huntington (IN) Herald - 18 Mat 1922


Fort Wayne (IN) Sentinel - 28 May 1922


Huntington (IN) Herald - 10 Jun 1924


Huntington (IN) Press - 06 Nov 1925


Hamilton (IN) Journal - 05 Jun 1935


Noblesville (IN) Ledger - 01 Jul 1936

Princeton (IN) - 05 Jun 1963

Princeton (IN) Daily Clarion - 14 Feb 1964

Princeton (IN) Daily Clarion - 03 Aug 1964

Princeton (IN) Daily Clarion - 17 AUg 1964

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