â€œHistory of Huntington County, Indianaâ€1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 431-32
Henry W. Hoch. The Huntington Brewing Company, of which Mr. Hoch is president and treasurer, operates a plant in the city of Huntington which for thirty years or more has been one of the substantial institutions of both city and county. Under the present management the business has been kept up to the very highest standards, its product is regarded as unexcelled among Indiana breweries, and is widely distributed over a large territory. The brewery, which under successive managements and changes, is now known as the Huntington Brewing Companyâ€™s Plant was established in 1870 by Jacob Boos, and was managed by Mr. Boos very successfully until 1890. His successor was Carl Lang, who continued the business and made a number of improvements. In 1901 Mr. Lang disposed of his interest to the Huntington Brewing Company. The Huntington Brewing Company was incorporated in 1901, with a capital stock of one hundred thousand dollars. It was at that time that Mr. Hoch became president and treasurer, and has since continued in active direction of the companyâ€™s local affairs. The brewery is a large structure, in which is installed the latest improved machinery and facilities for the manufacture of high class malt products. The capacity is eighteen thousand barrels a year. A large share of this product goes to supply the local trade, but much is shipped to neighboring towns and villages throughout this section of Indiana.
Henry W. Hoch is a master of his business, and knows it in every detail from the technical processes to the business end. He is a native of the state of Wisconsin, born in the city of Waukesha, July 23, 1859. His parents, William and Martha (Wiggs) Hoch, were both born in Germany, and came to the United States when very young. Henry W. Hoch was educated first in the public schools, later in the State University of Wisconsin at Madison, and subsequently took a commercial course in a school at Minneapolis. His regular business career began as a bookkeeper and he served under several different firms. In Chicago he was employed in a wholesale grocery house, and from there went to Marquette, Michigan, where he established a plant for the bottling of soft drinks, and also did business for a local brewing company. His mastery of the brewing business and his general ability gradually enlarged his interests, and for more than ten years he has been at the head of one of Huntingtonâ€™s important establishments.
Mr. Hoch married Miss Ida Thoney, a daughter of John Thoney, an old resident of Marquette, Michigan. They are the parents of three children: Edna M., who is a graduate in music from St. Maryâ€™s, Notre Dame; Arthur R., a graduate of the Huntington high school and now a student in his fatherâ€™s alma mater, the State University of Wisconsin; and Mildred L., a student in St. Maryâ€™s parochial school at Huntington. Mr. Hoch and family are communicants of the Catholic faith.
Mr. Hoch is a democrat and was alderman in Marquette, Michigan. He is affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, being a trustee in both organizations and is also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.