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Matt Wentworth

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About Matt Wentworth

  • Owner/Manager - Belle-St. Regis Hotel

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  • Role
    Main Character
  • Playby
    Richard Long
  • Full Name
    Matthew Charles Wentworth
  • Goes By
    Matt
  • Profession
    Hotelier
  • Position
    Owner
  • Birth Date
    01/26/1840
  • Status
    Widower
  • Height
    6' 0"
  • Hair Color
    Dark Brown
  • Eye Color
    Blue

Physical Description

Dress is that of a typical businessman but can go casual when necessary or when he is not working in the hotel or on hotel business.

He is clean-shaven.  Light tan complexion due to his horse riding activities.

Gets his looks and colouring from his father's side.

Weight: 170 pounds

 

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Traits & Characteristics

Character Traits
Easy Going; Intelligent; Callousness; Practical; Humble; Loyal and supportive

General Personality
Can be adventurous but is sensible when taking risks.  He gets all the facts and information needed before making a decision (investigative nature).  He also learns a lot from just being quiet, watching and listening to what is going and only steps in when he sees the need to or someone is in danger/trouble.  Matt is courteous and respectful to most people. Is a bit of a ladies' man.

He believes in justice and doesn't like those who take advantage of those in less fortunate circumstances.

Even though he has been married, he has never been in love - a fact he realised soon after his marriage to Louisa, when he found out that she was not what she claimed she was.  From this experience he has learnt to be more cautious where is heart is concerned and not to be easily taken in by a woman who pushes all the right buttons (for him) and/or uses her charms to get what she wants.

Negative traits are that he can be intolerant and callous at times (depending on the situation and person).  Due to the nature of his work and his past he has learnt to hide his true emotions when needed.

Professional Skills
Approachable; efficient; open-minded; calm.

Religion: Protestant

Employment

Belle-St. Regis Hotel (Owner/Manager)

  • Improving or implementing services.  Generally, running a profitable business and keeping the 5-star rating.  He likes to arrive unannounced so that he can see how things really are.

U.S. Secret Service (Agent)

  • Gathering evidence on the Steelgraves and keeping on eye on region for the Secret Service.

 

Expertise

Self Defense
Can hold his own in a fist fight.  He is a good shot but not a fast gun.

Hobbies & Interests
Reading; horse riding (exploring his surroundings)

Aliases / Nicknames

Matt

Residense(s)

Current Residence
Belle-St. Regis Hotel, Kalispell

Kith & Kin

| FAMILY |

Spouse / Partner
Louisa - died April 1865 (married in 1863).  Louisa married Matt for the Wentworth name and money.  She continued her lifestyle, which was easy as Matt was away at the war.  She had many lovers before and after her marriage.  She was killed by the wife of one her lovers.

Children
None

Father
Charles Albert Wentworth (an influential person in political and social circles in Washington D.C. i.e. the man behind the scenes pulling the strings). Hopes one day to have a son who will enter politics so that he gain more influence.

Mother
Rebecca Mary Wentworth (nee Martin)

Brothers
Michael Robert Wentworth (born 1843)

Samuel Martin Wentworth (born 1845)

Charles Albert Wentworth Jr. (born 1855)

Sister
Mary Alice Wentworth Barlow (born 1850)

Life Events

January 1840 - September 1858

Born the eldest of five children to Charles and Rebecca Wentworth.  His father worked as aide to a number of senators and is considered an important man to know if you want to get ahead in Washington.   His childhood was uneventful. Matt's father wanted him to go to Yale to become a lawyer and as dutiful son he did so.

September 1858 - May 1861

Attends Yale Law School (does not graduate in an act of defiance against his father).  He knew after the first semester of law school that this was not what he wanted to do.  After living a secluded life in Washington, college had opened his eyes to other possibilities.  He tries on numerous occasions to convince his father to let him travel so that he could work out what he wanted from life but his father is adamant that he stay in school.

May 1861 - August 1865

Seeing an opportunity to get out and see the world, he leaves school to join the US (Union) Army to fight in The Civil War.  Due to his college education, he becomes a junior Lieutenant and later a Captain.  It was also during this time that he starts to develop an interest in investing and buying land and hotels.

September 1863 - April 1865

Marries Louisa, who is eventually killed by the wife of one of her lovers.  The marriage was over long before the time of her death, which occurs while he is at the Battle of Appomattox Station.

August 1865

Joins the newly formed Secret Service (Treasury Department) in combating counterfeit U.S. currency.  Later, he became involves in investigating federal crimes.  He now uses his business interests as means of gaining access to those who have come under suspicion in order to gather evidence to convict them.

Present 1875

Has been sent to Kalispell to keep a watch (as well as being a contact for other operatives that may be in the area) and gather any evidence to convict those who may be behind a number of suspicious activities in the area over the last few years.  Buying the hotel presented a golden opportunity to get into the town and the community.

Character Notes

Place of Birth:  Washington D.C.

General Notes
Yale Law School (3 years) - quit and joined the US (Union) Army at the start of the Civil War.

Languages Spoken: English

Animals & Pets: No pets.

Player Notes

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Recent Posts

  1. Matt Wentworth
    Matt patiently listened to Mrs. Miggins explanation on why she was dressed as she put it Liberty.  He wondered how got to be in here in the first place.  One minute he was making sure that the Ladies Society committee had everything under control and the next minute he had been bailed up by the older woman who was pointing to Miss Mudd and telling him that she was the one who had said it was fancy dress.
     
    A frown appeared on his face.  It seemed Miss Mudd had taken some liberties herself.  For a moment, he thought a going over and give her a lesson about how not make assumptions without checking first but he decided not to.  It was best that her employer deal with the situation.
     
    "If there were a prize you certainly would be the winner, Mrs. Miggins.  As for Miss Mudd, I think you better take up the matter with Matilda Devereau.  She has taken on the responsibility of caring for the young girl.  I have no doubt Miss Devereau will make sure that she doesn't do something like this again."
     
    Quickly scanning the room, he could see Ruth Johnson frantically waving at him.  Suppressing a sigh of relief, he smiled graciously at Mrs. Miggins, "Now, if you will excuse, Mrs. Johnson needs my assistance.  I hope you will have an enjoyable afternoon."
     
    @Javia
  2. Matt Wentworth
    Mature Content: No
    With: Matt Wentworth and others
    When: Mid April 1875
    Time of Day: Morning and Afternoon
     

     
    Matt was looking over the last of the preparations for the event that was being held in the hotel's ballroom later that day.  The Kalispell Ladies' Society were having a special afternoon tea and had invited a few speakers to come along.  One of the invited was Leah Steelgrave, who Matt presumed was going to present her project for approval in the hopes of getting the ladies to influence their husbands and others about the benefits of having a hospital and orphanage.  The spring dance at Horace Simkin's barn was next week and the town meeting to vote on whether or not to accept Miss Steelgrave's offer would be held the week after.
     
    In a way, he felt sorry for Leah.  The Steelgrave name was proving to be more than just a hinderance.  She was having a tough time proving that she was doing this on her own and that her father had nothing to do with it.  The afternoon tea would be one of the few opportunities the lady would get to present her side.
     
    As for the afternoon tea, it was coming along nicely.  Ruth Johnson was busy organising the last of the seating and going over the guest list.  When he told her about inviting a Miss Arabella Mudd to the party, Ruth had been a bit perplexed as she wasn't familiar with her.  He told her that she was one of the survivors of Whitefish and Ruth seemed to be all right with that, mentioning something about being kind to the poor unfortunate souls who had survived the tragedy.  Matt smiled at what she might have said if he had told her that Miss Mudd was now under the protection of the owners of the Stardust Saloon.  He didn't have objections to it and Ruth probably wouldn't either but there would be one or two members of the Ladies Society that might.
     
    Pulling out his watch, he noted the time.  In about two hours, the room would be filled with women eating and chatting away.  His plan was to spend the time in his office and be on hand just in case he was needed.  However, he made a mental note that if Mrs. Thornton-Carlton turned up, he would make the time to say hello.
     
    TBC
  3. Matt Wentworth
    Matt smiled and gave her a half bow, "Miss Bridget Monahan, it is a pleasure to make your acquaintance.  My name is Matthew Wentworth."
     
    Turning back to his father, he continued, "Miss Monahan is here to make a deposit."
     
    Charles nodded, "Well, Miss Monahan I would like to thank you for coming and for being my first customer.  This is all still new to me as I only bought the bank a few days ago."
     
    He motioned for Luke to come over, "Mr. Johnson will take care of you now and if there is anything you just let me know."
     
    Seeing that Bridget was a bit apprehensive, Matt smiled, "Don't worry, Mr. Johnson is very reliable and trustworthy."
     
    @Javia
  4. Matt Wentworth
    Matt leaned slightly down, "Yes, he does but don't worry, he's not as a scary as he looks."
     
    Straightening up, Matt escorted the young lady to his father.  For a moment, he thought about using her name but stopped quickly.  He knew her name, in fact he knew all the names of the people in Lorenzo Crabbe's little group but showing that he did would inevitably bring trouble as he was unsure of the exact relationship between her and her protector (a term which he used rather loosely).  If she mentioned that a stranger she had only met that morning knew her name, then Crabbe might get suspicious.
     
    His father watching him approached, smiled, "Well, who do we have here."
     
    Matt let go of Bridget's arm and looked at her, "May, I introduce Charles Wentworth, Senior the owner of the Kalispell Bank and this is...pardon me, I forgot to ask what your name is."
     
    @Javia
  5. Matt Wentworth
    Seeing that the young lady was anxious and looking around him to see inside the bank, Matt smiled, "I think it might be all right to go in now.  It's still a few minutes to opening but I have some influence with the owner, so he won't mind."
     
    Offering his arm, he glanced at Bridget, "Shall we?"
     
    @Javia
  6. Matt Wentworth
    At first, Matt was a little surprised at her stepping forward to speak to him. From what he knew about her was that she was the quiet type and didn't say much even when she wasn't being teased by some of the more insensitive types around town.  He realised that she about to say something and so he leaned down to hear her.
     
    “I … I got some money for the feller what owns the bank.” she informed h
     
    Matt straightened up and smiled, "Well, I think the fellow who owns the bank will be very happy to see you."
     
    He pulled out his pocket watch and took note of the time before putting it back in his vest pocket, "However, we will have to wait for a few minutes until the bank is open."  
     
    Pointing to one of the seat that was near the door, "Would you like to sit down and wait?"
     
    @Javia
  7. Matt Wentworth
    Matt was listening to his father address the staff.  Since Monday was one of the busiest days, all three tellers were there.  He could see that they were interested in what his father had to say and a bit relieved that they weren't losing their jobs.
     
    Suddenly, he heard a tap on the window and then shortly after another one.  He turned to see some young woman waving and once again tapping on the window.  For a moment, he thought that it was Miss Mudd but she was Mike's problem and not his, so it probably wasn't her.  Stepping closer to the window, he could see that she was slightly older and the colour of her was red.  Turning back to look at his father, who was now curious to find out what was going on.
     
    Nodding, he said, "I'll see what she wants."
     
    Stepping outside and closing the bank's door behind, Matt approached the young lady.  He had seen her around town a few times and knew that she was part of Lorenzo Crabbe's entourage, who were setting up a business in one of the buildings near the town centre.  Part of his job for the Secret Service was to keep on eye on the comings and goings.  Kalispell and the surrounding area was slowly becoming an important and strategic place.  He had already sent a letter (coded, of course) back to the office in Helena, requesting information about him.
     
    Approaching the lady, he smiled, "Good morning, miss.  Is there are anything I can help you with?"
  8. Matt Wentworth
    Mature Content: No
    With: Matt Wentworth; Charles Wentworth, Sr. and anybody else (purely optional - just want to leave it open for others to join in)
    Location: Kalispell National Bank
    When: April 1876
    Time of Day: Morning
     

     
    "Well, I have to hand it to you.  When you say you're going to do something you really do it."
     
    Matt looked around at the bank's interior.  It was about an hour or so before opening.  Luke Johnson, the bank's main teller hadn't arrived yet and wouldn't be expecting a new boss. Watching his father inspect the area behind where the tellers worked, he couldn't help but smile a little.  The man had only been in town for less than a week and after explaining why he had come here and why he was re-locating the whole family to this area, he mentioned looking for a business to buy to get a foothold in the community.  Matt didn't expect it to be the bank.
     
    "Mr. Croft apparently has been wanting to move away and go live with his family in Helena for a while.  My arrival provided him with a golden opportunity," Charles smirked, "And I guess it was one for me as well.  He also sold me his house, which will save me some time.  After he moves out, I will have a few months to make any repairs or changes before your mother arrives."
     
    "It'll take you a week or two to work out how things work here in the bank."
     
    "Thankfully, I already have substantial financial knowledge and managerial experience.  Croft will be dropping by later on today to get me up to scratch on things.  He wanted to give me the chance to introduce myself to the staff and explain the change in ownership."
     
    Managerial experience was something he knew his father didn't lack.  The man had been trying to manage his sons' lives for years.  So, when he told the four of them that he had finally albeit reluctantly come to the conclusion, that it was no use and that his sons' had to lead their own lives, they were all surprised.  Charlie, the reason they thought he had come to Kalispell for, was relieved to say the least.  There would be no getting hauled off back to college for him.  Matt knew that there was probably more to his father's change of heart but he decided that the man would tell them in his own time.  For now, he was interested in making amends.
     
  9. Matt Wentworth
    "No, she won't.  She lives in Washington with her husband."  Matt said, with a hint of sadness in his voice.  It had been a long time since he had since his sister, Mary.  The last time was at her wedding just nearly two years ago.  The occasion was also the last time they had all been together as a family.
     
    "Duly noted, Miss Mudd.  It was lovely to make your acquaintance."  Matt tipped his hat, "I do hope that you have a good rest of the day."
  10. Matt Wentworth
    Matt grinned as he watched Arabella get excited over the invite.  He had done it in part to deter her from hunting down Mike.  Since she was a Whitefish survivor, it also felt right to give her something to look forward to instead of looking back on what had been a miserable time.  Seeing her reaction was proof that he had done the right thing.
     
    "Well, Miss Mudd now that you have an event on your social calendar and will have plenty of time to get ready for it.  I know how important it is for a young lady to be well advised in advance of any occasion.  My sister would sometimes take the whole winter to arrange her wardrobe for spring gatherings."

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