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
Traits & Characteristics
Easy Going; Intelligent; Callousness; Practical; Humble; Loyal and supportive
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.
Approachable; efficient; open-minded; calm.
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.
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
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.
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.
Rebecca Mary Wentworth (nee Martin)
Michael Robert Wentworth (born 1843)
Samuel Martin Wentworth (born 1845)
Charles Albert Wentworth Jr. (born 1855)
Mary Alice Wentworth Barlow (born 1850)
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 was 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 it 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.
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.
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.
Place of Birth: Washington D.C.
Yale Law School (3 years) - quit and joined the US (Union) Army at the start of the Civil War.
Despite what people thought of Leah Steelgrave, there was one thing they could never doubt and that was her sensibility. From what Charlie had told him about Anæsthesia, the girl needed a good dose of it and with Leah as her employer, she would get it.
He turned to Leah and said in a warm tone, "Perhaps, we should continue our discussion after you've taken care of Miss Orr? I'll make myself available for the rest of the day so we can sort things out, so please feel free to come back at any time."
"Please excuse me, I did not mean to eavesdrop." she explained "I had hoped to speak to you, Mr. Wentworth, about the possibility of holding my Father's wake in your large state room. My mother is still quite..." she struggled for another word, but gave up "... is still quite hysterical, and will need to retire to our home after the funeral and rest quietly. I shall host the required gathering of society here if that is at all possible, Mr. Wentworth."
Matt nodded, "Of course."
While Leah answered Anæsthesia, Matt wondered briefly how the young lady was able to bypass the front desk. Simpson probably felt sorry for her and let her through or he was busy and didn't see her. It didn't matter that she was here now but if it had been someone else, then it could have meant trouble. Maybe it was time he hired an assistant or secretary to help with visitors especially if he decided to run for mayor.
Seeing that Anæsthesia was getting upset, Matt went over to her, "Miss Orr, take as much time as you need to. We're in no particular hurry."
Matt stood and listened to what Leah had to say. It made sense that she would want to get the construction of the hospital started as soon as possible but a part of him felt that she should go about it more carefully and diplomatically. Even though there was no real opposition on the town council, there were still people who didn't like the Steelgrave name being attached to any project in Kalispell.
There was also the matter of Orr's untimely death. The man had family and friends in town, and they may see her eagerness as something more malicious. Prudence and maybe respect for the Orr family at least had to be considered.
"Leah, I understand the need for getting the hospital built but I feel that maybe we should delay the actual transaction for the property until after Richard Orr's funeral," he said solemnly before raising his hand, "Now, that doesn't mean you don't have to get the supplies ordered...by the time they get here enough time would have passed. No matter, what you thought of the man, his wife and daughter should be given some time to grieve."
Walter Simpson smiled and briefly looked at the bundle she was carrying, "Good morning, Miss Steelgrave. If you would wait for just a moment, I'll let him know that you are here."
He went to the door of the office and knocked on it a couple of times before entering. After telling Matt about his visitor, he came out again. "Come right in, Miss Steelgrave."
As he held the door open for her, Walter thought about why she had come. He was pretty sure it had something to do with the hospital business and now that Orr was dead, his boss was acting Secretary, so it made sense that she would show up here sooner or later.
He stood there for a moment, waiting to hear what she had to say but he was dismissed by Matt. Knowing that whatever was going to happen he would have to find out when everybody else did.
After Simpson had left, Matt turned to his guest, "Morning Leah."
Matt raised an eyebrow at Orr's suggestion that he and Judge Robertson should head the board. Grabbing Hector's arm just as he was about to write it down, "Since this was our esteemed colleague's idea it should be noted there will be no hospital board until one can be voted in. Until then, Miss Steelgrave is in charge, since this is for all intents, her project. As for me, I decline the offer."
Judge Robertson piped up, "Agreed. I also decline the offer of heading the hospital board. There's no way you're going to saddle me with this Orr."
Letting go of Hector's arm, he turned to Orr, "You can have the honour of dealing with Miss Steelgrave and informing her that the idea of a hospital board is something that is not set in stone. Tell her the town council is willing to co-operate and discuss this matter further."
Since he knew from his various sources about Orr's dalliances with a number of women, as well some other shady deals he was involved in, Matt decided that a veiled threat might be the only way to make the man more than willing to help. Being a Secret Service agent had its advantages at times.
He leaned forward a little, so that Orr could hear what he had to say. "And you will convey our wishes because if you don't certain parties will hear about your certain dealings with the fairer sex and others."
A look of disbelief graced Matt's face as Orr mentioned something about a hospital board. This was the first time that anything like this was suggested and Matt knew he didn't want to play Orr's game, whatever it was.
He was about to voice his objection, when Leah stood up and said her peace. She was quickly followed by Dutton Peabody and then by Matilda Devereau...
Then she was about to turn and leave but paused to then glare at the rest of the lot, "And as for you gentlemen, especially you Mr. Wentworth, if you simply are gonna sit here and let Orr get away with this then I was wrong about you, I thought you an upright honorable man."
"I have no intention of letting Orr get away with this," he answered before turning to Hector, "I want it noted in the minutes that I object to Mr. Orr's suggestion that a hospital board should not be convened before all parties concerned have had a chance to meet and discuss the matter to the satisfaction of all."
Judge Robertson, quickly seconded Matt's suggestion, "Wigfall, make sure you note my objection to this as well. I wanted to put forward a motion that we approach Miss Steelgrave with an offer before we had the final vote but it seems that Mr. Orr had other ideas that he failed to mention to his fellow town council members." The look of disgust he gave Orr was evident to all those who were near.
Matt sighed as he listened to others mention the upcoming election. His position on the town council only came about due to the sudden death of one of the councillors. He knew that it was only a temporary position and it didn't matter to him whether he got voted in or not. What matter was that Orr, if left unchecked, could be more of a threat to Kalispell then Elias Steelgrave could ever be.
Judge Robertson paused for a moment before he committed his vote to paper. Part of him wanted the hospital but another part of him didn't want a Steelgrave running. Even if Leah was telling the truth and that her father had nothing to do with it, Ben knew that Elias would find a way to get control. So, not sure of what to do, he voted the only way he could and wrote down Abstain on his ballot paper and placed it in Wigfall's cap.
Matt, for his part, decided his vote would be yes. In theory, it was a good project and he hoped Leah could carry it out without interference from her father. Whatever happened, it would bring Elias Steelgrave into town and maybe an opportunity to gather more evidence on the man for his superiors to present to those who were interested.
After writing down, Yes on his paper and putting into the cap, Matt leaned back in his chair to watch the rest of the proceedings.
As the Territorial Governor and the Senator walked into the meeting, Matt frowned. As he listened to the Governor, he was a bit dismayed by the over familiarity between the man and Leah. Even though it was a platonic relationship by all accounts, doubt had now been thrown on that. From now on, people would be wondering just how much Leah really did to get what she wanted.
So, in the end the Governor would give Leah what she wanted if the town council voted against it. She was in, as his cousin Ben would say, a win-win situation. Maybe if Leah had taken time to foster some goodwill and not try to rush it, she might have stood a chance with the town council.
As the meeting continued with various speakers popping up, Matt wondered how the vocal minority who were in support of the hospital got to hear about the meeting before the rest of the town. Most people in town were from what he knew, in favour of the hospital and orphanage but wanted nothing to do anything that was linked to a Steelgrave. It was a kind of impasse that until now showed no signs of being resolved. If things keep on going like this, Leah Steelgrave would get her hospital but at what cost to both her and the town? Once again, he mused that Leah should have done more to distance herself from her father and perhaps the rest of her family.
From his investigation into the Steelgraves, he knew that Elias wouldn't take what his daughter was attempting to do, passively. He would find a way to gain control of the hospital and anything else his daughter attempted to do. He was that kind of man.
However, his ruminations were interrupted by what was happening in the room. Orr was still trying to take charge when his daughter and three other girls entered. Matt for a moment wondered how the four young ladies had gotten prepared so quickly considering the short notice of the meeting. Then Orr told Charlie to arrest Anæsthesia, which in a way was not so surprising.
Charlie's reaction was one of complete uncertainty as he looked over to the Marshall for help. It was apparent that Charlie was not eager to do Orr's bidding and take on the four of them and this made Matt smile. In fact, the whole situation was bordering on the hilarious and it took Matt all of his control not to burst out laughing.
Matt leaned back in his chair as he watched the goings on. Orr was trying his best to get the meeting started when Leah Steelgrave walked in followed by a small group of people, including his brother Charlie, who for some reason had decided to become a deputy. He made a mental note to ask Charlie about it one day.
After Leah made her statement, Miss Devereau proceeded to get up and have her say ending with a very astute question. It would be interesting to see how Orr would answer it considering the fawning he had given her. As for Anderson, Matt still had no idea where the man stood as he didn't have much of chance to say anything at the moment.
Looking over to Orr, he smiled, "I do believe, Miss Devereau has a point, don't you agree?"
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