Then and Now — 1923 & 2022 — 100 72nd St S (Pasadena)
From 1923: “This beautiful home in Pasadena constructed by the Empire Home Building association of New York city, was purchased last week by Mrs. Jessie McKay, of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada., a winter visitor who is delighted with life in St. Petersburg. Mrs. McKay’s home is located on First Avenue South, at Seventy-second street. It stands at a splendid elevation, commanding a wide view of Boca Ciega bay. It is model home No. 1 of a number of residences at Pasadena which the Empire Home Building association has contracted to build. The house contains six rooms, three sleeping porches and two sun parlors. The first floor is tiled throughout with Spanish tile. The residence has tiled baths, with standard plumbing throughout, and is equipped with the latest electrical equipment and appliances according to standard plans adopted by the National Electrical association. Tiled roof, general architectural plan, the careful ground arrangement, and the harmony of every part of the building gives the place splendid artistic effects. Mrs. McKay’s husband is a prominent attorney in Canada and is a member of the King’s Council (KC) of the Canadian Government.”
Samuel and Jessie McKay purchased this house upon its completion in 1923, after having come to St. Pete the winter of 1922 to see if they liked the area. Samuel, of Woodstock, Ontario, was born February 19, 1856. He attended the public and High schools, where he received his early educational training, and finished at New Glasgow College, Nova Scotia. He began the study of law with Ball, Matheson & Ball, Woodstock, and finished with Blake, Kerr, Boyd & Cassels, Toronto. He was admitted to the Bar in 1881, and at once began the practice of his profession in his native town. In 1882 he entered partnership with W. G. Eakins, under the firm name of Eakins & McKay. This partnership lasted for one year. Samuel then entered in partnership with H. J. Finkle, under the title of Finkle & McKay. This firm continued for three years, when, in the year 1886, W. T. McMullen was admitted a member of the firm, which became Finkle, McKay & McMullen. Samuel was married on the September 29, 1886, to Miss Jessie Agnes Campbell, of Woodstock. The couple had two children, Muriel (1887) and Craig (1889). In June of 1891, Samuel withdrew from the firm of Finkle, McKay & McMullen in order to practice alone. In 1901, Samuel entered in partnership with George F. Mahon, with whom he stayed partners until the time of his death, twenty-seven years later. Samuel was president of the Woodstock Electric Light Power and Street Railway Co., and one of the owners and a director of the Woodstock Gas Light Co. He was a member of the Society of Fraternal Guardians, the Royal Arcanum, the Independent Order of Foresters, and the Home Protection Association, being president of the later society. He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church.
Samuel and Jessie purchased this house in 1923 and were active in social and community affairs during their winters here. Muriel, having never married, spent the winter here with her parents.
Samuel died in this house on July 15, 1928, at the age of 71 and was buried at Woodstock. In 1937, Jessie deeded the house to Muriel. In 1940, Muriel sold the house to Charles John Krehbiel. Jessie died on January 14, 1948, and was buried next to Samuel at Woodstock Presbyterian Cemetery in Woodstock, Ontario.
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