J. E. Jerome, son of James and
Eliza (Enslow) Jerome, was born in Clayton County, Ia.,
Dec. 19, 1855. His father was a merchant and the
Postmaster in the town of Clayton for many years; he died
in 1867. After his death, Mrs. Jerome conducted the store
a few years, then disposed of her stock and moved to
Grant County, Wis. The subject of this record received a
common- school education, and having a natural talent for
printing he learned it thoroughly, and after clerking a
short time for his uncle, S. J. Soyster, he was employed
in the Register office at Elkader. He was married in
March, 1878, to Ollie, daughter of John and Mary Garber.
They have two children-- Edith May and Lucy Mildred.
Immediately after his marriage, Mr. Jerome went to Kane
County, Ill., where he engaged as clerk in a drug store,
remaining one year, then, at the solicitation of Mr.
Garber, he returned to East Elkport, and has been in the
employ of J. Garber & Son since. In 1881 he
established a newspaper called the Tattler, which is
issued monthly. He also owns a Peerless job printing
press, and does all kinds of printing. He is a charter
member of A. O. U. W. lodge, Elkport.
source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1122
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