The rumor is true – the Town of Jerome or its namesake, does have a distant relation to Winston Churchill. How does it work?
When the town was just a small mining camp, financing was needed to pull the copper from the abundant ore. After some coercion from his wife, Eugene Jerome made the investment. Although he never visited the town, the town took his name.
Jerome was a man of prominent family ties. He was a nephew of Leonard Jerome, Jennie Jerome’s father. This made him cousins to Jennie Jerome, the mother of Winston Churchill. Jennie Jerome married Lord Randolph Churchill. Their son, Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, has become a common household name.