A bus-load of NKAers took a field trip to Oxford, Idaho, a city first settled by Mormon pioneers in 1864. Oxford is in Franklin County and has a current population of 48 (according to the 2010 census). Oxford has several historical links. It is the location where Harold B. Lee, a future president of The Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints, taught school. It is also the location where Jefferson Hunt, a Mormon colonist, died. Hunt is buried just behind the hill off the highway at Red Rock Pass.
Marilyn Ames, John Carlson, and Bev Lyon contributed photos of the trip, and Marilyn provided the following descriptions.
Marilyn writes: On our way to Oxford, Idaho, we stopped at the Thomas Mercantile in Swan Lake. Thomas Mercantile is a real old-fashioned store complete with a fabric section, groceries, sundries, post office, farm and tool supplies, gas pumps, hunting stuff, and you name it. The owner helped fill us in on the history of that little place while we snacked on the good stuff there.
Dee Boyce is an Oxford historian who was our tour guide for the trip. He and his wife built their home on his great-grandfather's homestead next to the little house where he was born. In fact, Dee's father was born in the same house. His great-grandfather was John Boice, one of the original pioneer settlers of Oxford in 1864. The spelling of the surname has changed over the years. Dee has made the old home into a private museum.
Dee's artifacts include the old Oxford School bell, sold for $3.50 when the school was remodeled.
The photo below shows only a small fraction of an incredibly huge model railroad collection belonging to another Oxford resident. The owner graciously led us on a tour through it.
All in all, the Oxford trip provided lots of interesting artifacts to see, lots of history and stories, and some very colorful and knowledgeable characters. As ever, Paul Link's classes never disappoint.