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JOE HUTCHCRAFT - TB Pages 86-87 Lyon County KY Lunatiac Inquest Book



County of Lyon
November 28 1917

Versus } Lunatic
Joe Hutchcraft

This day J S Hodges Attorney for the Commonwealth filed an information as follows, to-wit: To E H James Judge of the Lyon County Court: I am reliably informed that Joe Hutchcraft 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
County Attorney Lyon Court

Ordered by the Court, That M P Malloy 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: John Jones, W H Holland, Q W Moneymaker, Jim Lawrence, George Crumbaugh, W S Scott, P M Deen, W J Wells, Elm? Fitts, Ernest Lyon, B F Smith, ? W Barnett.
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 Joe Hutchcraft is a person of unsound mind and a Lunatic; That the unsoundness of mind has existed since _____: that _he was born in Bu?? Ky (State or Country) and resides in _____County and is 29 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 living and mother is dead and reside in _____ and has not estate _____ sufficient to support the person under trial; and said Joe Hutchcraft is not capable of laboring either in whole or in part for his support.

(Additional facts as per instructions of presiding judge.)

Ernest Lyon Foreman

Brief History of Case by the Presiding Judge:

Age? 29; Color? white; Sex: male; _____
Occupation? Farmer(?); Occupation of Husband? single Habits? Unclean (?)
Extent of Education ? _____; Number and date of previous attacks? _____
What relatives, if any, have been insane, peculiar or intemperate? _____;
Duration of present attack: 3 weeks; How exhibited and has it changed in character no;
Supposed cause? epilepsy; Any delusions or hallucinations, and if so, what? Yes, A Lincoln and G?m?? R??; Subject to fits? yes; , 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? _____; Cleanly? no; Periodic frenzy and lucid intervals and duration of each: _____; What restraints have been imposed and what treatment used: confined;
Any injury about the head ever received? He says so; 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? _____;
“Together with whatever else may be deemed material toward enabling the superintendent of the asylum to understand the case.”
He is an inmate at the Ky B Prison sent from Burbin(?) County time will be up in two months.

Wherefore it is adjudged by the Court that said Joe Hutchcraft 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

E H James Judge Lyon County Court
Attest: W H Rogers, by Clesdis Cotton D.C., Clerk Lyon Co Court
Term Call Date: November 28 1917
Book No. _____ Page 86

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