Thursday, January 22, 2009

HIRAM C POWERS - Pages 178-179 Lyon Count KY Lunatic Inquest Book

Page 179
Special Term
State of Kentucky ] SCT State of Ky, Lyon Co
Lyon County Court June 2nd 1906
Hiram C Powers ] Lunatic
Present Hon W L Crumbaugh Judge

This day W L Krone, 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 Hiram C Powers is a person of unsound mind, and a lunatic and therefore ask that a jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

Walter L Krone Co Attorney
Ordered by the Court, That N W Utley 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: B F Smith, W L Collins, T W C??, Thomas Pradd, Charley Doom, Paul Murphy, Herman Parmenter, J W Stafford, W P Glenn, Ottie Hull, J C Holland & 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 Hiram C Powers is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; that the unsoundness of mind that he was born in _______ and resides in Ohio County Ky and is 47 years old; that he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that he owns no estate of any kind; that his father and mother are dead and said Hiram C Powers is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his support.

[signatures of jurors listed above with foreman listed]
[foreman] John D Lester

wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Hiram C Powers is of unsound mind and a violent lunatic and that he be immediately conveyed to the asylum at Hopkinsville Kentucky_____ and is appointed to convey ____ to said asylum and he is allowed ______ guard.

Attest: W L Crumbaugh Judge Lyon Co Court

Page 179

Brief History of Case

1.(a) Age - 47
(b) Occupation – merchant businessman
(c) Married or Single - married
(d) Habits -
(e) Educated - yes
2.(a) What relations have been insane – [??] a number among whom are mother & cousin & brother who is an imbecile
3.(a) Date of first attack -
(b) How exhibited -
(c) Has it changed in character at any any former period -
4.(a) Supposed cause -
(b) Any peculiar illusions and what – yes, thought persons were trying to burn his property
(c) Subject to fits. How long -
From what cause -
(d) Natural Temper -
5.(a) Attempt at suicide -
(b) Violence toward others - yes
6.Periodic frenzy -
7.(a) Restraint imposed -
(b) Treatment used -
(c) Bleeding -
8. Injury about head -

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