The Century Room, located at 3605 Broadway, opened in October 1939. John Tumino, the former manager of the dance pavilion at Fairyland Park, operated the spacious upstairs club. Catering to the younger set, the Century Room did not serve alcohol, but looked the other way as patrons brought in liquor from a nearby Berbiglia Wine & Spirits store.
After separating from Addie in early 1927, Charles Sr. quit his job on the railroad and went to work as a janitor in an apartment building at 114–116 36th Street in midtown Kansas City, Missouri. That summer, Addie and Charles Sr. reconciled and moved to a spacious apartment in a brick fourplex at 3527 Wyandotte, located in the heart of a predominately white middle-class neighborhood.