Biography of Edward B. Partridge
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In the death of Edward Briggs Partridge on July 14, 1923, the city of San Francisco suffered the loss of one of its most representative business men, manager of the Associated Pipe Line Company, and for many years prominently known in various affairs of this community. He was a native of San Francisco, where his birth occurred September 23, 1873, and he was a son of Edward Briggs and Jemima (Thompson) Partridge.

Mr. Partridge was educated in the grade and high schools and in Cogswell Polytechnical School of San Francisco, and served his machinist apprenticeship at the Union Iron Works of this city. He was afterward a student at a preparatory school in Peekskill, New York, and next pursued a special course in mechanical engineering at Stanford University. During his subsequent experience in seafaring life, he worked his way upward from oiler and water tender to marine engineer. In February, 1908, he entered the employ of the Associated Pipe Line Company as a machinist in a pipe fitting gang at the Vulcan pump station. Next he went to the Star pump station as an engineer, and from this point he was rapidly advanced in the service of the company. He became division superintendent, then general superintendent, and finally was appointed manager in June, 1915, which position he held until his death. His steady progression in his climb from machinist to manager is indicative of the talent and ability he possessed in his vocation. He studied during all the years he was active, and was never content to call his education finished.

On July 11, 1902, Mr. Partridge was married to Miss May M. Bausman, a daughter of William and Hannah (Turner) Bausman, who are mentioned in detail upon other pages of this history. Mrs. Partridge survives her husband, as do their three children, who are as follows: Margaret T., who is the wife of R. E. Pearce of New Jersey; Muriel Elizabeth, the wife of John Hatton Risbrough of Los Angeles; and Edward Burling, who is a student at Washington State College in Pullman, Washington. The family residence is situated at 2872 Green street in San Francisco. His home was the principal factor in Mr. Partridge's life, and his every activity radiated from this center.

Mr. Partridge was a life member of the Olympic Club of San Francisco. Before his marriage he represented this club in both local and eastern wrestling tournaments, and was known widely as one of the best lightweight wrestlers in the country at that time. He was known as the Little Giant by the old members of the club, and he was subsequently given the same title by his business associates in the pipe line trade in recognition of his ability therein. His political support during his life was given to the republican party, and his religious affiliation was with the Episcopal Church. He belonged to the Oriental Lodge of Masons, in which his father had been an honorary member. He was a willing participant in various civic and social affairs in which his cooperation was of value, and he enjoyed the friendship of many. His understanding of human nature was keen, and his liberal and charitable impulses were reflected in his daily acts throughout his life.

From:
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931


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