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