Friday, January 9, 2009

FLORENCE CALHOUN - Pages 158-159 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 158
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court Mch 7 1904
Mrs Florence Calhoun ] Lunatic

This day Sam C Molloy, 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.

Sam C Molloy County Attorney Lyon County District
Ordered by the Court, That Walter F Krone 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: Alfred Farless, R W Dunn, W P Glenn, M E Bridges, W B Bridges, John S Hall, T W Bush, J H Holloway, S S West, C W Cunningham, F B Evins Sr & J D Lester

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 from an unknown cause that she was born in Trigg Co Ky, and resides in Lyon County and is 25 years years [sic] 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 reside 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]
[foreman] John D Lester

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

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon County Court

Page 159

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age – about 25 years
(b) Occupation -
(c) Married or Single - married
(d) Habits - temperate
(e) Educated - limited
2.(a) What relations have been insane – grandmother & probably her mother
3.(a) Date of first attack – about six years ago
(b) How exhibited – talking at random
(c) Has it changed in character at any former period – grown worse
4.(a) Supposed cause – not known
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what – imagines everyone is her enemy
(c) Subject to fits. No How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper - yes
5.(a) Attempt at suicide - no
(b) Violence toward others - yes
6.Periodic frenzy - yes
7.(a) Restraint imposed – guarded by her friends
(b) Treatment used - constitutional
(c) Bleeding - no
8. Injury about head - no
9. Committed to asylum once before about Nov 18 1899.

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