STATE OF KENTUCKY } Call
County of Lyon
March 26 1917
Versus } Lunatic
James D Hill
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 County Court: I am reliably informed that J D Hill 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.
Attorney _____ 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: E B Scillian, C J ??ban, J W ???, Walter Robertson, F E Prince, Warden Beck, Will Holland, Willard Town, Dave Robertson, F E Cummins, Shellie Satterfield, W ? Crumbaugh .
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 J D Hill is a person of unsound mind and a lunatic; That the unsoundness of mind has existed since about 2 ½ or 3 years: that _he was born in Lyon County Ky (State or Country) and resides in Lyon County and is 70 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 property of any kind no estate of any kind; that _____ father is dead and mother is dead and reside in _____ and ha_ not estate _____ sufficient to support the person under trial; and said J D Hill is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for _____ support.
(Additional facts as per instructions of presiding judge.)
E R Scillian Foreman
Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:
Age? 70; Color? White; Sex: Male; Married, Single or Widowed
Occupation? farmer; Occupation of Husband? _____ Habits? _____
Extent of Education ? limited; Number and date of previous attacks? For 2 ½ or 3 years.
What relatives, if any, have been insane, peculiar or intemperate? none;
Duration of present attack: 4 months; How exhibited and has it changed in character: about same as when first afflicted;
Supposed cause? Old age; Any delusions or hallucinations, and if so, what? Thinks he committed a theft and is going to be prosecuted; Subject to fits? no; , if so, how long and from what cause: _____
Natural temper and disposition toward relatives: very good; Any threat, attempt of tendency to injure self or others? Has talked of killing himself; Violent? no; Destructive? no; Cleanly? fair; Periodic frenzy and lucid intervals and duration of each: none; What restraints have been imposed and what treatment used: none only watched some by friends.;
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.”
He was sent to asylum August 17 1916 and had been [?] home more than 90 days.
Wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said J D Hill 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
_____ Judge _____ Court
Attest: W H Rogers Clerk Lyon County Court
Term Call Date: March 26 1917
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