Sunday, December 7, 2008

MRS. FLORENCE CALHOUN - Pages 106-107 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 106
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court Nov 18 1899
Mrs. Florence Calhoun ] Lunatic

This day N W Utley pro tem, Attorney for the Commonwealth, filed an information as follows, to-wit:

To Hon. W L Crumbaugh, Judge of the Lyon County Court:
I am reliably informed that Mrs. Florence Calhoun is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

N W Utley County Attorney pro tem for Lyon County District
Ordered by the Court, That E H James Esq, an Attorney of this Court, be and he is hereby appointed to defend for and on behalf of the person under trial.

To inquire, etc., comes a jury to-wit: Thomas Helton, M E Bridges, S E Mitchell, Simon Oliver, thos Stephens, George Hall, Jas F Clay, O M Jenkins, S J Bigham, James Boyd, G E Crumbaugh & G E Fox

who being duly impaneled and sworn according to law, after hearing the evidence, returned the following verdict, viz: We of the jury find from the evidence that Mrs. Florence Calhoun is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind is from unknown cause that she was born in Trigg County, and resides in Lyon and is 20 years old; that she was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that she owns no estate of any kind; that her father is dead and mother lives and resides in Lyon Co Ky and has not estate sufficient to support the person under trial; and said lunatic is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for her support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Mrs. Florence Calhoun is of unsound mind and a violent lunatic and that she be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky, and W E Calhoun is appointed to convey her to said asylum and he is allowed one guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court
J M Smith Clerk Lyon Co Court

Page 107

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age – about 20 years
(b) Occupation -
(c) Married or Single - married
(d) Habits - Temperate
(e) Educated - limited
2.(a) What relations have been insane – Grand Mother hanged herself. Probably her mother
3.(a) Date of first attack – About one year ago – last August
(b) How exhibited – Troublesome & violent Tries to run off
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period – has grown worse for 6 days
4.(a) Supposed cause – Not known – unless hereditary
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what – Thinks she is about to be destroyed by fire or others
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - good
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - yes
(b) Violence toward others - yes
6.Periodic frenzy - yes
7.(a) Restraint imposed – guard her day and night
(b) Treatment used - physicians
(c) Bleeding -
8. Injury about head -

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