April 27, 1904
Saturday night at the residence of F. T. Malone, about 10 miles east of Farmerville, Joe Rodges stabbed W. H. Johnson, wounding him in the region of heart, causing death almost instantly. As reported to us, the difficulty grew out of a tussel, followed by a few angry words which were easily kindled into fury with the assistance of “John Barleycorn”. Rogers was struck in the face, but was otherwise unhurt. Both the parties to the sad affray are white men. The deceased was about 59 years old, and was living at Mr. Malone’s. He recently came to that neighborhood and had no family. Rogers is a young man and was reared in that community. He came to Farmerville Monday and was admitted bail in the sum of $500.