In his obituary (Feb. 10, 1944)  it says, "HANES DIES AT HAMILTON  Well Known Island park Hotel Operator Succumbs to Long Illness Due to Complications FUNERAL HELD YESTERDAY  Long Career as Resort Hotel Proprietor Gave Him a Wide Acquaintance and Won Many Friends - Mason and a Lion.
Charles B. Hanes, for many years proprietor and operator of Island Park Hotel at Hamilton, died at his home on Island park, at 1:45 Sunday morning after a long illness due to complications and a cancerous growth. He was nearing his seventy-third year, and had spentmost of his life in and around Hamilton.  The body was removed to theSwift funeral home in Hamilton where its last rites were held at 2 o'clockyesterday afternoon, with Rev. A.P. Benjamin, pastor of the Hamilton ChristianChurch officiating.  Burial in the Hamilton cemetery.  During themany years the Island Park Hotel has been in operation during the summerseasons by Mr. and Mrs. Hanes, it became a mecca for pleasure resorters whodesired the best kind of environment, with an informal atmosphere, homelikeand of good character.  That is when Mr. Hanes made of Island Park afterhe became the owner of the property and made Island Park Hotel one of thebest places of the kind in the state.  The hotel and annex had fiftyrooms overlooking the lake and a beautiful shore line.  Mr. Hanes wasa genial host, always looking out to the greatest pleasure of his guest whocame from several surrounding states.  He became well known to his manyguests who came during the different summer seasons. Often he went out ofhis way to find something that would amuse the children and entertain theolder guests, such as getting motion picture shows from film that he hadtaken himself, in this way he won many friends.  The morale of the resortwas never questioned and his efforts to keep the place of a high standardheld him the high esteem among his patrons.  Mr. Hanes was a memberof the Masonic order at Hamilton and also a charter member of the HamiltonLions club.  He was well known around his home community as well asin Waterloo and throughout the surrounding counties.  Surviving is thewife and several grandchildren.  The only son, Fred Hanes, passed awayabout three years ago."

Submitted by: Roselyn Wells