In 1892 a coal lease was purchased west of Jerome by the Big Block Company and this company sunk a mine known as No. 2. In 1894-95 this mine reached its height of production which was 130 tons daily. The life of this mine was very short for soon after its opening a fault was struck and other suitable coal property could not be leased. The operator was a man by the name of Peter Marsden.
The United Mine Workers of America was organized in Jerome in the fall of 1898. It was continued here for many years and as the mines were discontinued the miners took their memberships to other places.
[From Memories of Jerome, Iowa, 1989 published for the 1989 Jerome Reunion.]