K. C. PARTRIDGE
Descendant of authentic California pioneer families, K. C. Partridge is now one of the leading attorneys in the
city of San Francisco, and has his offices at 68 Post street. He was born in Susanville, Lassen county, California,
August 7, 1872, and is a son of the late John C. and Helen (Slater) Partridge.
John C. Partridge was a native of Maine, and came to California in the early '50s. He settled in Susanville, where
he conducted a general merchandise business, and also founded the Susanville Advocate in 1860. This newspaper is
still in existence. He served at one time as surveyor of Lassen county, and was one of the organizers of one of
the first Masonic lodges in the state. His wife, Helen (Slater) Partridge, was a native of Arkansas, and crossed
the plains in a covered wagon with her parents in the early days. Her father, Dr. John Slater, settled in Susanville
in 1855, having formerly been a plantation and slave owner in the south. He was the first physician to practice
in Lassen county, and was a man universally respected. He administered his medical care over miles of territory,
much of which was difficult of access. When the state of Nevada was admitted to the union, he was a. candidate
for governor, but was defeated. John C. Partridge died in 1881, and his wife passed away in 1928. In addition to
the immediate subject of this biography, they had two other sons, John S. and Harry. The former was born in Susanviile
in 1870, and educated for the law at the University of California. He figured prominently in the civic and political
life of San Francisco, and was an unsuccessful candidate for mayor of the city in 1905. In 1923, he was appointed
to the United States federal bench, and in 1926 died while holding this responsible position. He never married.
He was a thirty second degree Mason, and a Knight Templar; past exalted ruler of San Francisco Lodge, No. 3, Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks; and belonged to the Pacific Union Club. Harry Partridge, the third son of his parents,
is now a practicing physician in San Francisco.
K. C. Partridge finished the courses offered by the common schools, and then entered the United States postal service.
Ambitious to become an attorney, he began the study of law in the office of George Mastick in San Francisco. The
latter was one of the leading members of the local bar, and was the son of E. B. Mastick, who was one of the first
attorneys in this city, having started practice about 1850. The practical experience and intelligent guidance received
in the Mastick office was most valuable to Mr. Partridge, and he took every opportunity to observe the methods
of his brilliant preceptor. In 1911, he was successful in passing his examination for admission to the California
state bar, duly became a member, and then entered practice with his brother, John S. Partridge. Later, he opened
an office for himself, and has so continued to the present, with outstanding success and high credit to his own
ability and ethical procedure.
In October, 1922, Mr. Partridge was married to Irene Hildreth, who was born in Mendocino county, California, a
descendant of one of the state's pioneer families, her father having crossed the western plains in the early days.
Mr. Partridge is interested in fruit raising, and is the owner of a ranch devoted to this culture in the Santa
Cruz mountains. He is a Master Mason, and belongs to the Olympic Club.
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
San Francisco, CA
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