The community is on a ridge just west of the South Fabius River between Troublesome Creek to the south and Grassy Creek to the north. Adjacent communities are Maywood three miles to the north-northeast in Lewis County and Naomi, approximately four miles to the west.
The community had a post office from 1848 to 1904, which was in the home owned by Daniel Boone's daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Coons. However, the origin of the name is uncertain.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Hester, Missouri
- Durham, Missouri, and Maywood, Missouri, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangles, USGS, 1949 (1977 rev.)
- Missouri Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme, 1998, First edition, p. 25, ISBN 0-89933-224-2
- "Marion County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
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