Source: Crawfordsville Star newspaper, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana June 9, 1881 p 8
An inquest in lunacy by Justice Russell and Compton last evening decided that Dr. (James M) Crisler was suffering from aberration of the mind, and forwarded application to Indianapolis for his admission into the Asylum. The complaint was filed by Mayor Ramsay. The witnesses examined were Dr. Gott, RK Krout and Thomas Moffett. Yesterday morning dr. Crisler made a violent verbal assault upon the associate editor of this paper and threatened to “do him up” before morning, but his threats were not deemed important. He was shortly afterwards arrested by the Marshall and lodged in jail where he became very violent, and as usual declared he was the victim of a vile conspiracy, a common complaint of his. He also declares the restaurant man with whom he boarded poisoned his tea, a drink that he never took. Yesterday the Doctor made a violent assault upon Dr. Moffett and informed that astonished gentleman that, “were it not for his respect for the law he would blow the top of his head off.” Sheriff Krug found the Doctor still more violent this morning. – kbz
Dr. Crisler was born about 1820 in Kentucky according to the 1880 Crawfordsville census. He lived on East Main Street and was listed as age 60 with both parents born in Virginia.
He is not married and is lsited of course as a physician.