From the "Sanford, the Gate City, Florida" - 1910:
Jerome Bruce, M.D., in response to request for a few salient facts concerning himself, says: “I was born in Carthage, N.C., July 23, 1836. Whatever of literary education I have was acquired at Trinity College. I took my degree in medicine from The Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia, in March 6, 1856, and the same year began the practice of my profession in Newberry, S.C. When South Carolina severed from the Union, I volunteer as a private in the 3rd S.C. regiment, which was the second command to go to Virginia. For 12 months I served in that rank, during which time I am confident that I killed no one, but later I went into the medical department. I came to Sanford in 1894, where and when, like the orange, I froze, since which time no summer has been hot enough to thaw me out of Sanford."