A Century in America, Part 1

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The game begins in 1919. The Great War has ended. Prohibition is in effect. [name_u]Jazz[/name_u] music is on the rise.

The Roaring Twenties

Your first two character names will come from here: http://pregnancyandbaby.com/baby-names/articles/943115/1900-baby-names-from-the-turn-of-the-century

Surnames from here: 1920 Surname Index Engadine

[name_m]Roll[/name_m] a d4 and add 20 for his age.

[name_m]Roll[/name_m] a d12 for his career:

  1.   Factory Worked
  2.   [name_m]Farmer[/name_m]
  3.   Construction
  4.   [name_m]Miner[/name_m]
  5.   [name_m]General[/name_m] Manager
  6.   Banker
  7.   Telephone Operator
  8.   Salesman
  9.   [name_m]Lawyer[/name_m]
  10. [name_m]Doctor[/name_m]
  11. Silent Film [name_f]Star[/name_f]
  12. Investor

[name_m]Roll[/name_m] for his housing situation. If his career is 1-4, odds he lives in a walk-up/tenement, evens he lives in a house. For careers 5-8, odds he lives in a house, even’s he lives in a furnished apartment. For careers 9-12, odds he lives in a penthouse apartment, evens he lives in a mansion.

[name_m]Roll[/name_m] a d12 to determine his city:

  1.   [name_m]New[/name_m] [name_m]York[/name_m], [name_m]New[/name_m] [name_m]York[/name_m]
  2.   [name_m]Cleveland[/name_m], Ohio
  3.   Los [name_f]Angeles[/name_f], [name_u]California[/name_u]
  4.   Newark, [name_m]New[/name_m] [name_u]Jersey[/name_u]
  5.   Seattle, [name_m]Washington[/name_m]
  6.   [name_u]Denver[/name_u], [name_u]Colorado[/name_u]
  7.   St [name_m]Paul[/name_m], Minnesota
  8.   Worchester, Massachusetts 
  9.   [name_u]Memphis[/name_u], [name_u]Tennessee[/name_u]
  10. [name_m]Houston[/name_m], [name_u]Texas[/name_u]
  11. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  12. Salt [name_u]Lake[/name_u] City, [name_u]Utah[/name_u]

[name_m]Roll[/name_m] a d4 + 18 for her age

If DH’s career is between 1-4, roll to see if DW has a job. Odds she does, evens she’s a homemaker. If DH’s career is 5-12, DW is a homemaker.

If DW has a job, roll a d6 to determine which one:

  1.   Teacher
  2.   Nurse
  3.   Maid
  4.   Waitress
  5.   Textile Worker
  6.   Dressmaker

[name_m]How[/name_m] did DH and DW meet?

  1.   At the dance hall
  2.   At a speakeasy
  3.   At the skating rink
  4.   At the movie theater
  5.   At a baseball game
  6.   At a restaurant

Now you have your characters. For each year of the decade, roll a d4. On a 4, DW has a baby. For each birth, roll a d10. On a 10 DW has twins. Names from here: Most popular baby names of 1920 | BabyCenter

In 1929 (the last year of this decade) roll a d10 for DH and DW if she has a job. On 1, 5, or 10, they keep their job, Otherwise, they lose it.

Part 2 will be up soon!

The Roaring Twenties

DH: [name_m]Harry[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] [name_m]Smith[/name_m] (21)

  • Banker
  • furnished apartment in [name_u]Denver[/name_u], CO

DW: [name_f]Alice[/name_f] [name_f]Ruth[/name_f] [name_m]Perkins[/name_m] (21)

  • homemaker

Met at the dance hall

1920: [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] [name_m]Ralph[/name_m]
1925: [name_u]Evelyn[/name_u] [name_f]Frances[/name_f] / [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_f]Jane[/name_f]

[name_m]Harry[/name_m] keeps his job as a banker.

LN: [name_m]Arthur[/name_m]

DH: [name_m]Albert[/name_m] [name_m]William[/name_m] [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] (34)

  • Lives in a house in Grand Rapids, Michigan

DW: [name_f]Dorothy[/name_f] [name_f]Florence[/name_f] ([name_m]Lynch[/name_m]) [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] (32)

  • Homemaker

[name_m]Albert[/name_m] and [name_f]Dorothy[/name_f] met at a Speakeasy. [name_m]Albert[/name_m] lost his job as a factory worker in 1929.

DS1: [name_m]Ralph[/name_m] [name_u]Lawrence[/name_u] [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] (7)
DD1: [name_f]Ellen[/name_f] [name_f]Katherine[/name_f] [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] (3)
DD2: [name_f]Mae[/name_f] [name_f]Genevieve[/name_f] [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] (2)

DH: [name_m]Henry[/name_m] [name_m]Albert[/name_m] Hollman, 33

  • factory worker
  • lives in a house, in [name_u]Memphis[/name_u], [name_u]Tennessee[/name_u]

DW: [name_f]Marie[/name_f] [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] ([name_u]Shaw[/name_u]) Hollman

  • waitress

  • [name_m]Henry[/name_m] and [name_f]Marie[/name_f] met at a speakeasy

DS1: [name_m]Henry[/name_m] “[name_m]Harry[/name_m]” [name_m]Alfred[/name_m] Hollman, 8
DD1: [name_f]Frances[/name_f] [name_f]Irene[/name_f] Hollman, 5
DD2: [name_f]Marjorie[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f] Hollman, 3
DS2: [name_u]Howard[/name_u] [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] Hollman, nb

  • [name_m]Henry[/name_m] and [name_f]Marie[/name_f] both lose their jobs in the 1929 stock market crash

[name_m]Arthur[/name_m] [name_m]Henry[/name_m] McAlpine (33)

  • Investor
  • Lives in a Penthouse Apartment in [name_m]New[/name_m] [name_m]York[/name_m] City

[name_f]Lillian[/name_f] [name_f]Dorothy[/name_f] [name_u]Collins[/name_u] “[name_f]Lillie[/name_f]” (29)

  • Homemaker

They met at a skating rink

  • [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] [name_f]Ruth[/name_f] McAlpine “[name_f]Nora[/name_f]” (8)
  • [name_m]Leo[/name_m] [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] McAlpine (7)
  • [name_m]Robert[/name_m] [name_u]Francis[/name_u] McAlpine “[name_u]Bobby[/name_u]” (5)

[name_m]Arthur[/name_m] lost his job in the Stock Market crash

DH (34): [name_m]Joseph[/name_m] [name_m]Carl[/name_m] Greenwald

  • [name_m]Farmer[/name_m]
  • Lives in a house in Grand Rapids, Michigan

DW (31): [name_f]Florence[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f] Greenwald (MN: [name_u]Sawyer[/name_u])

  • Homemaker

Met at a speakeasy

DD (9): [name_u]Evelyn[/name_u] [name_f]Lucille[/name_f] Greenwald
DS (8): [name_m]Warren[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] Greenwald
DS (3): [name_m]Charles[/name_m] [name_u]Francis[/name_u] Greenwald
DD (2): [name_f]Lillian[/name_f] [name_f]Hazel[/name_f] Greenwald

[name_m]Joseph[/name_m] loses his job in the Great Depression.

DH: [name_m]Henry[/name_m] [name_m]Edward[/name_m] English

  • 31 {1908}
  • [name_m]Lawyer[/name_m]
  • Lives in a mansion in Newark, [name_m]New[/name_m] [name_u]Jersey[/name_u]

DW: [name_f]Florence[/name_f] [name_f]Ethel[/name_f] [[name_m]Marcus[/name_m]] English

  • 29 {1910}
  • Homemaker

The two met at a baseball game

  • [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f] English (8) {1921}
  • [name_m]Samuel[/name_m] [name_m]Thomas[/name_m] English (7) {1922}
  • [name_m]Leo[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] English (6) {1923}
  • [name_m]Anthony[/name_m] [name_m]Edward[/name_m] English (5) {1924}

[name_m]Henry[/name_m] kept his job in the 1929 stock market crash

A Century in [name_u]America[/name_u] - The Roaring Twenties

In 1920, newlyweds [name_m]Walt[/name_m] and [name_f]Mamie[/name_f] [name_m]Hyde[/name_m] live in a furnished apartment in [name_u]Denver[/name_u], [name_u]Colorado[/name_u]. [name_m]Walt[/name_m] is a general manager and [name_f]Mamie[/name_f] is a homemaker. The Hydes met at a dance hall and were married within six months.
In 1921, they welcomed their firstborn, [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] [name_u]Ruby[/name_u]. In 1925, [name_u]Josie[/name_u] got a little sister, [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] [name_f]Grace[/name_f].
In 1929, [name_m]Walt[/name_m] unfortunately lost his job.

DH: [name_m]Walter[/name_m] [name_m]Henry[/name_m] [name_m]Walt[/name_m] [name_m]Hyde[/name_m] (33)
DW: [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_f]Alice[/name_f] [name_f]Mamie[/name_f] [name_m]Hyde[/name_m] (née Bleeker) (29)
DD: [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] [name_u]Ruby[/name_u] [name_u]Josie[/name_u] [name_m]Hyde[/name_m] (8)
DD: [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] [name_f]Grace[/name_f] [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] [name_m]Hyde[/name_m] (4)

DH [33]: [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] White

  • [name_m]Lawyer[/name_m]
  • Lives in a Penthouse apartment in St. [name_m]Paul[/name_m], Minnesota

DW [29]: [name_f]Lillian[/name_f] [name_f]Margaret[/name_f] White

  • Homemaker
  • [name_f]Lillian[/name_f] & [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] met at a skating rink.

DD1/DD2 [8]: [name_f]Hazel[/name_f] [name_f]Beatrice[/name_f] & [name_f]Alice[/name_f] [name_f]Josephine[/name_f] White
DS1 [1]: [name_m]Albert[/name_m] [name_m]Charles[/name_m] White

[name_m]Arthur[/name_m] keeps his job as a [name_m]Lawyer[/name_m].

The Roaring Twenties

DH: [name_m]Robert[/name_m] [name_m]Paul[/name_m] [name_m]Freeman[/name_m] (21)

  • [name_m]Farmer[/name_m]
  • Lives in a house in [name_m]Cleveland[/name_m], Ohio

DW: [name_f]Alice[/name_f] [name_f]Edna[/name_f] [name_f]Freeman[/name_f] (21)

  • Textile Worker

Met at a restaurant

1920: [name_f]Rose[/name_f] [name_f]Bernice[/name_f] [name_f]Freeman[/name_f]
1921: [name_m]Harold[/name_m] [name_m]Francis[/name_m] [name_m]Freeman[/name_m] & [name_f]Emma[/name_f] [name_f]Alice[/name_f] [name_f]Freeman[/name_f]
1923: [name_m]Kenneth[/name_m] [name_m]Joe[/name_m] [name_m]Freeman[/name_m]

In 1929, both [name_m]Robert[/name_m] and [name_f]Alice[/name_f] lost their jobs.

The Roaring Twenties (1919-1929)

DH (31): [name_m]William[/name_m] [name_m]Harry[/name_m] [name_u]Porter[/name_u] “[name_m]Will[/name_m]”

  • [name_m]Miner[/name_m]
  • Lives in a walk-up/tenement in Seattle, [name_m]Washington[/name_m]

DW (30): [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] [name_f]Anna[/name_f] ([name_m]Winters[/name_m]) [name_u]Porter[/name_u] “[name_f]Cate[/name_f]”

  • Nurse

Met at a restaurant

1923 - DS (6): [name_m]Thomas[/name_m] [name_m]William[/name_m] [name_u]Porter[/name_u] “[name_m]Tom[/name_m]”
1926 - DD (3): [name_f]Clara[/name_f] [name_f]Jane[/name_f] [name_u]Porter[/name_u] “[name_f]Claire[/name_f]”

In 1929, both [name_m]William[/name_m] and [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] lost their jobs.

Year 1929

[name_m]George[/name_m] [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] [name_u]Finley[/name_u] (24)
Lives in a mansion in Worchester, Massachusetts

[name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f] “[name_f]Sadie[/name_f]” [name_m]Griffith[/name_m] (21)

They met at the movie theater.

The [name_u]Finley[/name_u] Family

DH (34): [name_m]George[/name_m] [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] [name_u]Finley[/name_u]
DW (31): [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f] “[name_f]Sadie[/name_f]” ([name_m]Griffith[/name_m]) [name_u]Finley[/name_u]

DS (10): [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] [name_m]George[/name_m] [name_u]Finley[/name_u]
DS (9): [name_m]Jack[/name_m] [name_m]Richard[/name_m] [name_u]Finley[/name_u]
DS (8): [name_m]Edward[/name_m] [name_m]Samuel[/name_m] [name_u]Finley[/name_u]
DS (3): [name_m]Thomas[/name_m] [name_m]Anthony[/name_m] [name_u]Finley[/name_u]
DD (1): [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] [name_f]Clara[/name_f] [name_u]Finley[/name_u]

DH (34): [name_m]Charles[/name_m] [name_m]Edward[/name_m] O’[name_u]Neil[/name_u]

  • Factory Worker
  • Lives in a walk-up/tenement in [name_m]New[/name_m] [name_m]York[/name_m], [name_m]New[/name_m] [name_m]York[/name_m]

DW (32): [name_f]Florence[/name_f] [name_f]Hazel[/name_f] (Strong) O’[name_u]Neil[/name_u]

  • Homemaker

They met at a speakeasy

DS (9): [name_m]Leonard[/name_m] [name_u]Francis[/name_u] O’[name_u]Neil[/name_u]
DD (5): [name_f]Lillian[/name_f] [name_f]Hazel[/name_f]
DD (2): [name_f]Lucille[/name_f] [name_f]Edna[/name_f]

In 1929 [name_m]Charles[/name_m] lost his jobs


DH: [name_m]Henry[/name_m] [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] Greenwald (21)

    • Career: Salesman
    • Lives: Furnished apartment in St [name_m]Paul[/name_m], Minnesota

DW: [name_f]Ethel[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f] Greenwald (née Swanson) (20)

  • Career: Homemaker

[name_m]Henry[/name_m] and [name_f]Ethel[/name_f] meet an a restaurant.

DS/DS: [name_u]James[/name_u] [name_m]Henry[/name_m] Greenwald and [name_m]Arthur[/name_m] [name_m]William[/name_m] Greenwald (9) (b. 1920)
DD: [name_f]Alice[/name_f] [name_f]Rose[/name_f] Greenwald (8) (b. 1921)
DD/DD: [name_u]Ruby[/name_u] [name_f]Louise[/name_f] Greenwald and [name_f]Grace[/name_f] [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] Greenwald (6) (b. 1923)