Born in 1883, Beatrice Rose Endicott was the seventh daughter of Cornelius Endicott III, a chairman of U.S. Steamship Company which own various ships including S.S. Columbia. As she grow up, she began to have praise for Harrison Hightower III, a business rival and the enemy of her own father.
On New Year's Eve of 1899, Hightower was cursed by an African cursed idol Shiriki Utundu and disappears at the Elevator. Beatrice was looking at Hotel Hightower from her Attic Window at the time, where she witnessed a Green Explosion coming from Hightower's Penthouse. Despite this, however, she didn't believe the curse of Shiriki Utundu.
Years passed by, and Hotel Hightower was closed down and become ruins. In 1908, Endicott decided to save Hotel Hightower as the precious cultural property of New York City. One day, while sketching outside the abandoned Hotel, Beatrice met a man called "Archie", who appeared to know a lot about the Hotel, the two continued meeting on a regular basis after that day.
In 1911, following the test launch of S. S. Columbia, Beatrice suggested to her Father that since the Ship would bring a lot of Tourists to the area, the family could expand in to the Hotel business by purchasing Hotel Hightower. When her father noted that the land the Hotel was built on was in dispute, Beatrice suggested (based on what Archie told her) that he purchase all the deeds, but in secret, which would give the family ownership of the land. Beatrice wanted to tell her father about Archie, but Archie asked her not to mention him to her father.
In 1912, the Endicott Family had been able to purchase the land, but rather than re-open Hotel Hightower as Beatrice intended, her father planned to tear it down and have a new Hotel built on top of it, much to Beatrice's horror.
She established the New York City Preservation Society, keeping it a secret from her father, and started planning to have a tour of Hotel Hightower. However, Manfred Strang, a reporter for the New York Globe-Telegraph, was against that idea, saying that the hotel was cursed. Since Endicott didn't believe in curses, Endicott and Strang explored Hotel Hightower together. As the two explored, they found a small Office in a hidden shaft, which they deduced belonged to Smelding, Harrison Hightower's Valet. In said Office, Beatrice found Archie's Hat & Coat on a Hat Stand, implying that Archie & Smelding were one of the same! At their explorations, they heard various mysterious voices and Strang realized that one voice was Hightower's. He took Endicott's hand and they narrowly escaped the hotel. However, despite Strang's expectations, Endicott never changed her mind to stop the tours at the Hotel Hightower.
During the construction of the S.S. Columbia from 1909 to 1912, Beatrice assisted her father with the interior design of the ship's facilities and would be the one to christen the ship on its test launch in 1911.