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IISTORY OF TEXAS.
every good cause with a feeling akin to pleasure.
No person was ever turned from his
door empty-handed. He was liberal in his
donations to his church, the Missionary Baptist,
and was always foremost in advancing
its interests. I-e died October 17, 1889,
after an illness of only three weeks.
Mr. Hester was married October 9, 1859,
in Bastrop county, to Louisa Wolf, who caine
with relatives from Dessau, Germany, to this
country in 1857. She was a daughter of
Leopold and Leopoldtina Wolf. The parents
came to America in 1884, and made their
home with their daughter, Mrs. Hester. Mr.
and Mrs. Hester had ten children, viz.: Flora,
wife of Professor Clarence Steel, of Goliad,
Texas; Mary, now Mrs. Bayless Fletcher, of
Lexington; Elvira, wife of Max McRee. of
Lee county; Isabella; Germania, the wife of
W. Dowdy of Lexington; and Dora, Bismark,
Minnie, Tina and Clara, at home.
Since her husband's deatli, Mrs. Hester has
continued the management of the business.
The trade amounts to about $40,000 to $50,000
annually, and represents the leading inercantile
establishment in Lexington. The following
was written at the death of Mr.
"On Thursday, the 17th inst., Mr. N. Hester
breathed his last at his residence in this
place, after a lingering illness of several
weeks. Mr. Nicolaus Hester was born at
the village of Hedel, Holstein, Germany, September
17, 1835. Near his native village
was the Elbe river, covered with the shipping
of a rising empire. Early in life young
Nicolaus conceived the idea of becoming a
sailor. An opportunity was soon offered him
to realize the fondest hopes of his adventurous
spirit. An uncle, who owned and commanded
a vessel, offered to take him on a voyage
to Archangel. The young sailor enjoyed
the voyage across the North Sea, but o't
upon the Atlantic, near tlle Lofftden i.lanlts,
their vessel encountered a terrible stormi- , n (1d
came near being wrecked upon thle ro,,cks off
the western coast of Noorway. The gallant
little ship weathered tlhe storm, howeverr, and
in due time rounded North Cape with tlIe
midnight sun shining low in the souther.,
sky. For weeks during this long voyage tlhe
Arctic day prevailed, and the sutn never set.
Taking a cargo of furs at Archangel, they re
turned by tlhe same route. During this voyage
of several months the crew endured, hardships
which are unknown to the crews ,,f
modern ships, and which completely ctiredl
tlhe truant sailor of his nautical proclivities.
He then entered a large drunk establishment
at Altona, where he remained until lie acquired
a thorough knowledge of pharmacy.
"Again his thirst for adventure asserted itself,
and in 1856 he sailed for North America.
Landing at New Orleans, he came West,
seeking a home in the new State of Texas.
Mr. Hester settled at LTxington, where he
found ready employment as a clerk. Here
he became acquainted with Miss Louise Wolf,
whom he inarried October 9, 1859. Under
the ministry of the late Rev. Cole, he and
Mrs. Hester united with the Baptist Church
at this place.
"Mr. HIester's education was essentially
European, and he was greatly opposed to the
institution of slavery. Yet, when the great
Civil war came, he was too good a citizen to
desert the cherished cause of his adopted
country, and entered the Confederate army,
in which he served as faithfully as any man
who wore the gray. When the Southern flag
was furled he came home, his earnings spent,
a poor Confederate soldier. For a time he
engaged in farming, but without success.
Again he found employment hi a drug store
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/510/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .