1902 Beam painting payroll. John Partridge was born in Canada in 1881 and moved to St. Paul about 1901. He worked on a painting crew rustproofing steel beams at the Capitol in March on 1902. This is where he and his wife, Annie, were living at the time of the 1905 Minnesota Census. I don't believe he was related to George Partridge of the firm, Bazille and Partridge, who got the contract for most of the painting on the Capitol.