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Eugene Feste, foreman in the salesroom of the Crystal City Plate Glass
Company, was born in France, in 1832, the son of John and Eugenie Feste.
He received a good collegiate education, and in 1852 was united in 
marriage to Amelia Deuex.  Their marriage has resulted in the birth of
six children: Ernest, Alfred, Augustina, Pauline, Paul and Charley. Mr.
Feste came to the United States about 1869, and for the period of seven
years worked in the French Plate Glass Company, in New York City, and
the following two years in the Plate Glass factory at Louisville, Ky. 
In 1877 he came to Crystal City, Mo., where he has since held his present 
position.  Mr. Feste and his wife are members of some very aristocratic 
and influential families of France, and are highly esteemed for their 
intelligence and refinement by the people of Crystal City. During
the New Orleans Exposition of 1885 much excitement and enthusiasm was
created by a statue of a life sized negro, seated on a cotton bale. 
This was the work of Ernest Feste, son of the subject of this sketch, 
and a young man of acknowledge talent and ability.  He received a fine
education in his native country (France) and after coming to this country, 
took a thorough English course.  Mr. Feste's brother-in-law, Ernest 
Fiston, who came to the United States in 1853, has for sixteen years been 
a professor of French in the oldest college in New York City. He is well 
known in literary circles, and is a true gentleman and a scholar.  He was 
a captain in the late Civil War.