Cartersville News and Courant

May 7, 1903, page 1
Transcribed and submitted by:  7/2006

Minus Rogers Shoots Bond.
Family Quarrel Ends in Death of a Member.
Bond Married Rogers’ Niece.
Unfortunate Affair Occurred in the Field Near Their Home At Rogers Station.

Last Friday morning about nine o’clock, Minus Rogers, shot and killed Claud S. Bond in the field near their home at Rogers Station.

The unfortunate affair seems to have been the result of a family quarrel which has been brewing for some time, in which Minus Rogers, Tom Rogers and Claud Bond were the principal parties.

Claud S. Bond was a member of the Fifth United States regiment, and on the march from Atlanta to Chickamauga park several years ago, the regiment camped near Cass Station, which is near the Roger’s home.  Bond met Miss Mittie Rogers, the only child of Thos. Rogers, and after the regiment left the young people kept up a correspondence, and finally Bond obtained an honorable discharge and came back in 1898 and married the young lady.

Thomas Rogers, the father of the girl, was an invalid and has been confined to his bed for several years.  After the marriage Bond and his wife remained at the home to care for the old man and cultivate the farm.

Reports reached Minus Rogers, who is a brother of Thomas Rogers, that Bond was mistreating his brother, and upon his remonstrating with the young man a quarrel ensued, and the latter ordered Minus Rogers not to come to the house again.

On Friday morning it is said that Thomas Rogers sent word to his brother Minus to come to see him.  The latter did so, and Bond, who was plowing in a field near by, went to the house at the same time.  The two men left the house together and walked down a path leading to the field talking rather excitedly as appeared to parties at a distance who saw them, and when several hundred yards from the house, the report of a pistol was heard, and Bond was seen to fall to the ground.  The ball entered the left shoulder and ranged downward, passing near the heart and death ensued in about fifteen minutes. Bond was unarmed.

A report of the shooting was telephoned to Cartersville and Sheriff Maxwell went up to the scene and brought Minus Rogers to the county jail, where he has since been confined.

Coroner Jas. H. Harrison empanelled a jury composed of Dr. W. C. Griffin, W. M. Graham, L. D. Knight, Dr. H. E. Felton, W. E. Puckett and F. F. Satterfield who after reviewing the remains, returned the following verdict: “We the jury find the deceased came to his death from a pistol shot wound, in the hands of Minus Rogers, and recommend that he be held for investigation, April 2d, 1903.”

Minus Rogers is about sixty five years old, and a brother of R. L. Rogers and Thomas Rogers.  He was raised in this county, and has borne the reputation of a peaceable, law-abiding citizen.

Claud S. Bond was a native of Hart county, Ga., but went west several years ago and enlisted in the United States army.  He was about thirty five years old, and was a hard working and industrious young man.  He leaves a wife and two children.

He also has a sister, Mrs. Cason, of Hartwell, Ga., and a brother, Mr. Bond, of Oklahoma Territory, both of whom came to look after their brother’s affairs.

The funeral took place Monday and the remains were laid to rest at the Cassville cemetery, Rev. J. M. Tumlin, conducting the services.


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