Germania Hester (Monnie) was the daughter of Lillie Louisa Wolf Hester and John Peter Martin Nichola Bismark Hester. She was born February 7, 1870. She married William Sterling Dowdy in her parents home on June 28, 1892. Monnie had graduated from Mary Hardin Baylor College. They owned and managed the Hester/Dowdy Store from 1896 until his death in 1909. Monnie continued to run the store until 1917. She died August 1, 1942. Grandchildren of this couple that still live in the Lexington area are Clara Grace King Holcombe Sherrill, Bill Dowdy, and Paulson Schultz.