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Patriarch of Devon House Hon. George Stiebel C.M.G.

Over the next ten years George Stiebel lived happily at Devon House with his wife Magdalene, and surrounded by his grandchildren. The Stiebels also did an impressive job of holding lavish parties for friends and family. It was no surprise then, that they employed a large staff which reportedly included four gardeners, two houses maids, a butler, cook, laundress, grooms and coachman. Servants Quarters were located in the space now used as the property’s commercial complex. Sadness, again befell Devon House when Stiebel’s wife Magdalene died in October 1892. Magdalene was buried at the St. Andrew Parish Cemetery under a grey granite tombstone with a white marble cross-wreathed in white marble flowers. It is said that at the time Stiebel imported enough grey granite from Scotland to bury his entire family. Tragedy continued to mark the Stiebel family. In 1895 his grandson Douglas died of typhoid, and only a week later his son in law Richard Hill Jackson (who served as Mayor of Kingston) passed away.

The new homeowners the Lindos brought back vitality and pageantry to Devon House, and fancy dinner parties at Devon House were widely discussed in Kingston and St. Andrew. Agnes Lindo became known as a hostess with exquisite taste, and nothing was spared when it came to financing entertainment at the Mansion. Funding these lavish events never appeared to be a worrying factor for Cecil Lindo who had become a very successful businessman in Jamaica. He was known as a smart and savvy businessperson, and made some wise investments early in life including investments in the banana industry in Costa Rica, and the purchase of J. Wray and Nephew and Monymusk Estate. He was also a railway magnate and the owner of Appleton Estate and the wine and spirit business Daniel Finzi and Co. Limited. Cecil Lindo died of a heart attack in 1960 at the age of 89. He left Devon House to his wife, but she did not remain at the home. Agnes opted to live in New York following her husband’s death, and it was then that developers approached her regarding the sale of Devon House, to accommodate the construction of condominiums.

 
     
 
 
 
 
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