24 Hanover Street

circa 1880s to 1890s

Chauncey Jacobs, Proprietor  
Boston, MA 02108  
Below right is from a Boston street atlas from 1885 (btw, the map is oriented South-North).  No.24 is a four story building.  The gap between no.24 and no.30 is an alley (the gambling room was probably entered from a door off the alley).  Around the corner from Hanover Street I highlighted the address 114 Sudbury--it was the location of a major Billiard manufacturer named J. E. Came & Co.  I mention it because it's possible the ivory chips came from there.

A poster showing Hanover St., Boston in 1931.  Note that No. 24 is shown

A current aerial view--the block which once housed No.24 Hanover Street no longer exists

It is documented that there was an illegal gambling joint at 24 Hanover street between 1882 and 1891.  The operation was run Chauncey Jacobs.  The newspaper clippings below document 11 police raids.  I'm sure there were many raids that eluded my search.  I believe that the gambling operation had to be run with the tacit approval of the police.  The raids appear to have been for "show".  Having the approval of the law would help explain why an illegal gambling operation would put the address of its establishment on its gaming checks.  Note that Sergeants Butters and Foster attended most raids.   It appears that Jacobs catered toward students from Harvard.

Raid number 1


Boston Daily Advertiser November 22, 1882

Boston Daily Advertiser May 1, 1885


Raid number 2 (unsuccessful)

Raid number 3

Boston Daily Advertiser September 1, 1885

Boston Daily Advertiser September 12, 1885


Raid number 4

Boston Daily Advertiser November 21, 1885


Raid number 5

Boston Daily Globe January 27, 1886


Raid number 6

Boston Daily Advertiser May 8, 1886

Raid number 7 Raid number 8

Boston Daily Globe August 12, 1886

Boston Evening Transcript August 26, 1886

Raid number 9  

Boston Daily Globe September 15, 1886

Pittsburg Dispatch April 27, 1890


Raid number 10

Boston Daily Advertiser June 9, 1887


Raid number 11

Boston Daily Globe March 28, 1891