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EDWARD SUMMERS - Pages TB 18-19 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


County of Lyon
April 12 1913
Versus } Lunatic
Edward Summers

This day J S Hodges Attorney for the Commonwealth filed an information as follows, to-wit: To Hon. T P Gray Judge of the Lyon Court: I am reliably informed that Edward Summers is a person of unsound mind and a ______ (Lunatic or Idiot) and therefore ask that a Jury be impaneled to pass upon the subject.

J S Hodges
Attorney Lyon Co Court

Ordered by the Court, That Willard 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: Sam G Cash, Cook Mayhugh, Dorris Scott, Lee Todd, Wessie Cummins, W A Manning, Oscar Bonner, J W Fox, Willard Luckett, R M De degraff???, J J Stovall, J J Farless.
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 Edward Summers is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic. That the unsoundness of mind has existed since Oct 31-1912: that he was born in Eastern Ky 27 years ago (State or Country) and resides in ______ County and is 27 years of age; that he was not brought into this State for the purpose of becoming a charge upon the Commonwealth; that he owns no personal property nor realestate no estate of any kind; that ______ father is ______ and mother is ______ [note: the words father and mother are crossed out and above them is written “no nothing of them”] and reside in ______ and ha______ not estate ______ sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Edward Summers is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his support.

(Additional facts as per instructions of presiding judge.)

Willard Luckett Foreman


Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? 27 Color? White Sex: Male Married, single or Widowed? Single
Occupation? ______ Occupation of Husband? ______ Habits? ______
Extent of Education ? None Number and date of previous attacks? ______
What relatives, if any, have been insane, peculiar or intemperate? ______
Duration of present attack: Oct 31, 1912 How exhibited and has it changed in character? ______
Supposed cause? Self abuse and [unreadable: could be “blisters”] Any delusions or hallucinations, and if so, what? ______ Subject to fits? no, if so, how long and from what cause: ______
Natural temper and disposition toward relatives: ______ Any threat, attempt of tendency to injure self or others? no Violent? no Destructive? no Cleanly? no Periodic frenzy and lucid intervals and duration of each: ______
What restraints have been imposed and what treatment used: confined cell 3 weeks
Any injury about the head ever received? no Any bodily disease from suppression of evacuations, eruptions, sores or injuries? no What estate have the parents, husband or wife of the person under trial? none
“Together with whatever else may be deemed material toward enabling the superintendent of the asylum to understand the case.”
If this man should regain his mind he shall be returned to the State Prison at Eddyville, Ky

Wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Edward Summers is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic (Lunatic or dangerous Idiot); it is ordered that he be committed to the asylum for the insane at Hopkinsville Ky., and that the superintendent of said asylum be immediately notified and directed to send for said lunatic.

T P Gray Judge Lyon County Court
Attest: ______ Clerk ______ Court
Term ______ Date April 12 1913
Book No. 3 Page 18-19

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