Hester, on the Chatfield road five miles northeast of Corsicana in extreme northeastern Navarro County, was settled in the early 1850s. A post office, named for Corsicana resident Tom Hester, opened there in 1890 but was discontinued in 1903. At its height around 1900 Hester had a cotton gin, a blacksmith shop, and a general store. In 1915 its population was reported at twenty-five. During the mid-1930s Hester had two stores and a number of houses. Its population in 1948 was estimated at fifty. By the mid-1960s, however, the community was no longer shown on highway maps, and in the early 1990s only a few scattered houses still remained in the area. In 2000 the population was thirty-five.
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