Saturday, July 18, 2009

JIM GARDNER - Pages TP 50-51 Lyon County KY Lunatic Inquest Book


County of Lyon
Versus } Lunatic
Jim Gardner

This day J S Hodges Attorney for the Commonwealth filed an information as follows, to-wit: To T P Gray Judge of the Lyon Co Court: I am reliably informed that Jim Gardner is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic (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 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: Milton Gray, Harry Gray, John Choat, Mark Holland, W H Tipton, James Lawrence, Sam G Cash, Frank Scott, Alter Scott, J H Ramey, G L Gray, Alonzo Robertson;
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 James Gardner is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; That the unsoundness of mind has existed since _____: that _he was born in _____ (State or Country) and resides in _____ County and is _____ 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 estate of any kind; that _____ father is _____ and mother is _____ and reside in _____ and ha_ not estate _____ sufficient to support the person under trial; and said _____ is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for _____ support.

(Additional facts as per instructions of presiding judge.)

Milt Gray Foreman


Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? _____ Color? Black Sex: Male; Married, single or Widowed? _____
Occupation? Inmate of Prison; Occupation of Husband? _____ Habits? _____
Extent of Education ? None; Number and date of previous attacks? _____
What relatives, if any, have been insane, peculiar or intemperate? Do not know;
Duration of present attack: 10 days; How exhibited and has it changed in character? _____
Supposed cause? Syphilis & kidney envolvement [sic]; 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: good; 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 in cell;
Any injury about the head ever received? No; Any bodily disease from suppression of evacuations, eruptions, sores or injuries? Ulcerous leg; What estate have the parents, husband or wife of the person under trial? No;
“Together with whatever else may be deemed material toward enabling the superintendent of the asylum to understand the case.”

Wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Jim Garnder 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. It is also ordered that if he is restored to his right mind he is to be returned to the Eddyville Prison at Eddyville Ky.

T P Gray Judge Lyon Co Court
Attest: N S King Clerk _____ Court
Term Call Date: Nov 21 1914
Book No. _____ Page _____

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