Charles H. Lane, 68, former mayor of Butte and a resident of his city for 33 years, died yesterday noon at Long Beach, Cal., after an illness of more than a year. A telegram announcing the death was received yesterday afternoon by Roger Lane, 2636 State Street, son of the former mayor.

     With Mr. Lane at the time of his death were his wife and two daughters, the Misses Annabel and Helen Lane. The funeral will be held Monday, interment being at Long Beach.

    Born at Natick, Mass., Mr. Lane’s first move was to Carbon County, Wyoming, in 1887, where for two years he devoted his energies to stock raising. In 1889 he came to Butte and continued to make his home here until failing health made it imperative for him to seek a lower altitude. He moved to California a year ago this month.

     Possessed of an energetic and progressive disposition, Mr. Lane had for many years been permanently identified with the affairs of the city and county. He was also an active figure in political, athletic and social circles as well as civic fields.

Fond of Baseball

     He was president of the Butte club of the Northwest Baseball league for more than 10 years and was always an ardent supporter of baseball.  He was one of the charter members of the Butte Rotary club and for many years was one of the most active members of the school board, an office to which he was elected several consecutive times.

     In 1915 he was elected mayor Butte on the democratic ticket, and by the efficient and impartial manner in which he administered the affairs of the city earned for himself  the name of being one of the most popular mayors Butte ever had.

     During his early residence in Butte Mr. Lane was employed by the Anaconda Copper Mining company. For the last 35 years, however, he had acted as resident agent for the American Steel and Wire Company.

     Mr. Lane’s health became impaired more than a year ago, but it was not until last July, when he was recovering from the effects of a paralytic stroke, that a trip to a lower climate was decided upon. He had scores of friends here and in his letters he had always expressed a longing that his health would eventually permit him to return to his old home.

     For a time after his arrival in California, Mr. Lane’s condition seemed to improve.  His illness, however, was of long standing and after a few months in the south his strength again began failing him. Although his death came as a great shock to his friends and relatives in this city, it was not altogether unexpected by those who kept in close touch with his condition. Many were the tributes heard yesterday to the memory of the former mayor. A message of sympathy was wired from the local Rotary Club to Mrs. Lane and a floral tribute will be sent to the Lane residence by the club.

Tribute From Rotary

     The following tribute to Mr. Lane was paid yesterday by Tom Davis, governor of the twentieth district of Rotary and former president of the local club:

     “We have all known that ‘Charlie’ Lane, as we knew him, was very ill, but we were hoping that the change of climate would restore him to health. Butte has lost a real man in every sense of the word and the members of the Rotary Club will miss him most. He was one of the first members of the Butte club and has exemplified in his life the idea that “He profits most who serves best,” which is the slogan of the Rotary. The profit of Charlie Lane was not a financial one but the kind which comes to a man from having lived his life unselfishly and for the betterment of others. He has been in every phase of activity in our community—from mayor of the city to president of our baseball league, and in every one he has reflected credit upon himself and family.

     “He lived for the community and gave it to all he had with no gain other than that of an honored gentleman and a respected citizen.”

     The deceased is survived by his wife; son, Roger Lane of Butte; two daughters, Misses Annabel and Helen Lane; and a sister, Mrs. S. A. Daniels of New York City.


Date: Sunday, July 17, 1921  
Paper: Anaconda Standard (Anaconda, Montana)  
Volume: XXXII  Issue: 317  Page: 5


Prominent Resident of Montana
Passes Away at Long Beach


     LONG BEACH, July 16.—Charles Howard Lane, former Mayor of Butte, Mont., and for thirty years connected with the commercial life of the city, died today at 1021 Temple Avenue, which has been his home for the past year. Mr. Lane was born in Massachusetts sixty-seven years ago. In Butte he was the owner of a coal and mining hardware supply company.

     He came to Long Beach a year ago on account of failing health. He was a thirty-second degree Mason. Members of the family are the widow, Mrs. Eliza Lane, two daughters, Helena and Annabel of this city; a son, Roger O. Lane of Butte, and a sister, Mrs. Bessie Daniels of New York. Funeral services will be conducted at the Holton & Son chapel at 10 a.m., Monday, by Rev. George M. Rourke. Burial will be made at Sunnyside Cemetery.


The Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles, California
Sunday, July 17, 1921 - Page 92