During the early years of the Masterton Borough there were a number of short term mayors, each of the first three serving only one term. The third mayor was the businessman Edwin Feist from 1879-80. Feist, who was born in Sussex, England, came to New Zealand in 1865 and ran a successful grocery business in Masterton. He served on a large number of public institutions – the Borough Council, the Trust Lands Trust, the Park Trust, the Cemetery Trust and the School Committee. He died in 1920.
Pic: Edwin and Catherine Feist.