The town of Branson's baby boom started last spring, although at the time, no one knew that Kate and Jaxon Autry's pregnancy portended anything special. By summer, when the number of expectant families had grown to five, all of Branson was abuzz. As residents gathered at the single-story post office or the white clapboard town hall, talk was of little else besides the tiny enclave's sudden outburst of fertility. With a population teetering on the near side of 100, an influx of seven babies promised a municipal growth spurt unprecedented in nearly a century. "I can't remember any time in the past forty years that we've had more than a couple babies at a time," says Ben Doherty, whose family has lived in the area for more... More >>>