Updated: Oct 14, 2021
Several newspaper articles mention Esther Challacombe's yard and how proud she was of her flowerbeds and garden. She was an avid gardener. For part of Esther's life she had a view of lake Hillsboro back when the lake was located where Central Park is today. If Esther was alive today her view would be of Hillsboro's new dog park.
Up until 1918 lake Hillsboro was located in Central Park. The Challacombe property overlooked the lake.
Esther died December 17, 1942. She left her home to the City of Hillsboro. She also owned oil and natural gas fields in Texas. Still today the City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro Hospital, Hillsboro Methodist Church and St. Paul's Lutheran Church have all benefitted from the Challacombe trust. Esther and her parents are interred at the Oak Grove Mausoleum.
This property was given to the City of Hillsboro by Esther Challacombe as a memorial to her parents John R. and Marcella E. Challacombe. This gift was made possible though their thrift and industry.
Esther Challacombe's home was built by Jesse J. Phillips. View of the property from the 1874 atlas. Hillsboro wasn't very big in 1874 and at this time the home was considered out in the country.