By 1920, 1012 Dearborn had itself become a rooming house, run by Hannah Maloney. Hannah’s son Joe Maloney worked as a clerk in a cigar store. Their roomers included musicians, an architectural draftsman, milliners, nurses, a stenographer for the railroad, a grocery clerk, a ticket agent, an accountant, and a guy who worked at a soda fountain.

All the men living there would have had eyes out for Dagmar Nilson, the Danish chorus girl who lived next door at 1016 Dearborn.