Dale and Bumgardner Payroll. John B. Covington was born in Virginia in 1856 and moved to Minnesota in about 1891. He worked as a blacksmith for a time though he was a team owner in 1904 when he worked on the Capitol. He was an early member of Teamsters Local 120 and was active in the union. He also was active in the Democratic Party and receive the endorsement of Local 120 when he ran for the State Assembly in 1902.