from The Harrodsburg Herald, Harrodsburg, Kentucky
Thursday, May 16, 1907
Thursday morning the dead body of Mr. Rufus Bonta, son of Mr. A. B. Bonta, was found in a pond near the house on his father’s place, near town. He left home on Wednesday, and when he did not return at night much alarm was felt. Next morning a search was instituted and George McClanahan, who worked on the farm, and a neighbor, Mr. Trisler, discovered the body lying in the shallow water near the bank of the pond. The deceased was 37 years of age, and had been in very feeble health for a number of years. He walked about the place a great deal and it is believed he fell in the pond and was too weak to get out. Coroner Gibbs held an inquest and returned a verdict in accordance with the above. Rev. Lon Robinson conducted funeral services Friday afternoon, and the interment took place in Spring Hill cemetery.