18 September 1837
The first Mechanics Fair in New England, opened this day in Faneuil and Quincy Halls, at 12 o'clock, announced by the firing of cannon and the ringing of a large bell placed among the articles for exhibition. The number of articles of various kinds was estimated at fifteen thousand, including specimens of the most finished workmanship, from a steam engine down to a pair of scissors and a pen knife, both made of one five cent piece. The throng of visitors was very great during the exhibition.
19 September 1837
Mr. Cyrus Lothrop robbed, while at the Fair, of $30,000 in notes and $2,000 in bank bills. Mr. Josiah Dunham robbed of $400 and many valuable papers. Two other persons were also robbed of their pocket books.
19 September 1845
Mr. Smith, who keeps a store near Charlestown bridge, in turning the corner of Travers, into Haverhill Street, was knocked down by a brick, and at once two or three men jumped on him and beat him dreadfully, although in the company of some of his friends, who tried in vain to rescue him. A watchman succeeded in arresting one of them, but he was allowed to go, on asserting he had nothing to do with the affair.