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. We do not 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.