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At home in Oxford | Preston Citizen

At home in Oxford

August 16, 2012

Every now and then a city in Franklin County makes history. Oxford, most recently, was touted as the fastest growing city in Idaho. Two people moved into the town in 2010 and the population made a blip on the census radar.

“The population of Idaho’s 200 cities stabilized in 2011 as depressed housing prices and uncertain economy kept people from moving.

“Estimates found by the U.S. Census Bureau found only one city – the small community of Oxford in the southeast part of the state – posted a population growth of in excess of two percent. Oxford added two people from 2010 to push the population up 4.2 percent to 50,” the Idaho Department of Labor reported in July.

Allen Hatch, who has been the mayor of Oxford since 2006, stands in front of a barn recently damaged by a strong wind.

Allen Hatch has been the mayor of Oxford since 2006. He raises cattle and works as the bus supervisor for the West Side School District. Susan Hatch, the mayor’s wife, laughed when she heard the news that the town in was the fastest growing city in the state.

“I don’t think there are 40 people in all Oxford,” the mayor said. “Some people have a house here, but they go south in the winter.”

Hatch and the Oxford City Council meet the state required three times a year.

Being a mayor in a town the size Oxford makes it is difficult to get grants. The grants would help repair to old streets and other needs. But even with deteriorating pavement he said Oxford was a nice and peaceful place to live.

This story is sponsored by Preserve the Nation.

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