By Kelcie Grega | Camp Verde Bugle
1. Ties to Churchill
Jerome got its name from Eugene Jerome, a major financier of the United Verde Copper Company in the late 19th Century. Eugene was cousins with Jennie Jerome, the mother of Winston Churchill.
2. A melting pot among the smelts
In 1920, a nationality report compiled by the United Verde Copper Company showed Jerome’s workforce was represented by 2,200 nationalities. Eventually, immigrants who started out as laborers saved their money and became landlords, tradesmen and saloon keepers.