Reprinted in the Putnam County Herald, 13 November 1937, Page 2.
Death of Dr. Alva W. Owns.
Dr. Alva W. Carnes, aged 81, one of the founders of the "Cookeville Chronicle," but for more than fifty years past practicing physician of Hutchins, Dallas county, Texas, died a few days ago. The Herald received the information of the death of Dr. Carnes in a communication from Dr. J. B. Cummins, a prominent physician of Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Commins is a brother of Hon. Jube H. Cummins, of Cummins' Mill, and an uncle of Dr. J. 0. Cummins, of this city. He was reared at the old Cummins home place, and attended school in Cookeville. He has lived In Texas for many years, but has many relatives and old friends in Putnam and Jackson counties.
The newspaper clipping from the Dallas, Tex., News, enclosed in Dr. Cummins letter, reads as follows:
"Death, striking suddenly Thursday evening, brought to a quiet close the life of one of the State's old-time country doctors, Dr. Alva Wood Carnes, 81-year-old patriarch of Hutchins Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the residence, with burial to follow in the family plot in Hutchins. Surviving are his wife, the former Minnie Lee Simpson, whom he married in 1883, and a son, Dr. Campbell Carnes.
"Dr. Carnes, born in Spencer, Tenn., June 21, 1856, was graduated from Burritt College in 1883. In 1886 he moved to Hutchins and lived there until his death, except during 1917 and 1918. He brought many babies into the world, many returning in later years to have their children delivered by him. He was the hero of many races against death over lonely country roads. His eightieth birthday was the occasion of a surprise party given by his son. Word got around, however, and the neighborhood was thronged with people from many parts of the State.
"Dr. Carnes was three times chairman of the Dallas County Democratic Convention and was city health officer here for many years. He also was in charge of the Dallas County Convalescent Home from 1923 to 1934, was connected with the institution for forty-eight years, and usually made the memorial address at the State Medical Society meeting. He was correspondent for The Dallas News since 1887. A year ago he suffered a heart attack and was almost given up for dead. He rallied, however, but virtually retired after that. Thursday he spent out on his farm, returning to the house at dinner time to est. Apparently in normal health, be suddenly succumbed to a heart attack soon after finishing the meal."
Appearing with the article, about the death of Dr. Carnes, In the Dallas News. is a picture of Dr. Alva W. Carnes.
The first issue of the "Cookeville Chronicle appeared on October 6, 1887. with Alva W. Carns and James W. Cope, editors and proprietors. In 1878, Mr. Cope acquired the interest of Mr. Carnes in the paper and thereafter continued its publication alone,
Mr. Cope died in 1888. He belonged to a prominent pioneer family of White county, where a number of his descendants and many of his relatives now reside. He was a resident of White county at the time of his death.
After disposing of his interest in the Cookeville Chronicle in 1878 Mr. Carnes attended the Medical Department of Vanderbilt University, from which he graduated in the class of 1883, and, moving to Texas, he located in the town of Hutchins, in Dallas county, the same county in which the city of Dallas is located.
While a resident of Cookeville, in the long ago, he was held in high esteem, and the few surviving reeldents of this city who knew his, refer to him as then being a young man of high character and splendid promise. Cookeville people who,,during the intervening years, have met him in Texas, say that be retained the most plemsent memories of Cookeville sod manifested a deep interest In its growth and progress.
This is the nineteenth installment of republished items from the old "Cookeville Chronicle," which began publication in Cookeville on October 6, 1877, with Carnes and Cope, editors and publishers.
Issue of August 8, 1878
The new cage for our county jail was finished yesterday. Those who violate the law, with the expectation of breaking jail, when they are caught, may look sharp now.
We were present at the opening of Prof. Brantley's school.. at Washington Academy, on last Monday.
There was considerable excitement in town last Friday, over the result of the election. Several little difficulties occurred, but no damage done.
Martin Sims, well know citizen of this county, suffered a sun stroke one day this week.
Mist Bettie Young, of Simpson's Mills, White county, is the guest of Capt. S. G. Slaughter this week.
Mr. William Capps, of Livingston, enlivened Cookeville. with his jolly presence, a day or two this week.
Mrs. E. D. Staley and Mrs. J. H. Brown are taking recreation at Bloomington, this week.
There was a "sociable" at the "Reagan House" last Monday night. Several of the young ladies and gentlemen of Cookeville, and visitors from other parts, were in attendance.
Capt. J. J. Womack and lady, of Warren county, were the roe. or B. R. Womack. last night.
The singing club, recently organised, have procured a supply of music books, and hereafter will meet at 3 'o'clock every Sunday evening.
Col. J. B. Killebrew passed through town yesterday, en route for Jamestown, where he expects to look out a location to plant a Boston colony.
Col. Killebrew is doing our state a great service in his preent capacity and is favorably apoken of as a candidate for governor.
Misses Kate and Sallie Douglas have returned from Bloomington.
The eighth annual Fair, of the Putnam County Agricultural and Mechanical Association, will be held the 2nd, 3rd and 4th days of October, 1878.
Walton Smith, President
J. H. Brown, Secretary.
Capt. H. H. Dillard and H. S. Boyd left today for Nashville on legal business.
"Reagan House," Cookeville, Tenn.
Visitors to Cookeville will find it to their interest to stop at this house. It has recently been refurnished, and in the largest and best hotel in Cookeville. Our house is new and the rooms elegantly furnished. The bar is supplied with the choicest liquors, cigars, etc., and the table is unsurpassed. Our Livery Stable is the best and largest to be found in the country.
E. D. Staley
New Hotel, "Shaw House"
This Hotel has recently been repaired and furnished with everything needed to make it one of the largest hotels in the mountain country. In connection with this house is a first class saloon, with the finest whiskies, brandies, cigars, etc., always on hand, together with a first class livery and feed stable, with prices to suit the stringency of the times.
N. W. Shaw
Go to J. H. Brown's old stand, where Z. T, Hinds will sell you Drugs, Medicines, Chemicals, Fine Soaps, Brushes and Perfumery, and all articles usually kept by Druggists. Prescriptions carefully compounded.
The Judicial Election
The Judicial Election of August 1 1978 was, no doubt the most splrited and hotly contested In the history of his Chancery Division and Judicial Circuit. It resulted in the re-election if Chancellor W. G. Crowley, of Smilliville; the re-election of Circuit ludge N. W. McConnell of Hartsville, and the election of Henry C. Snodgrass, of Sparta, as Attorney-General to succeed Attorney-General George N. Morgan, of Gainesboro, who did not seek a re-election as Attorney-General, but was candidate for Chancellor.
In the race for Chancellor, Judge Crowley received a plurality, on the unofficial returns, of 379 votes over Geo. H. Morgan. Col J.D. Goodpasture and Col. E. L. Gardenhire ran close together and were a few hundred votes behind Gen. Morgan. Farris was fifth in the race, receiving about 1,200 votes. Crowley received pluralities in DeKalb and Smith counties, his plurality in Smith county over Gardenhire being 152.
Morgan received pluralities in Jackson, Macon and Putnam counties, his plurality in Putnam county, met Goodpasture, being 261 votes.
Goodpasture received pluralities in Overton and Clay counties and also ran second in White and Macon counties.
Farris received a plurality in White county.
Judge Crowley won his re-election by about the same plurality which he received in the election of 1971 whsa he defeated Chancellor Winburn W. Goodpasture, Judge Quarles and Major Colms also then being candidates.
In the race for Circuit Judge, tht result was the re-election of Judge N. W. McConnell, whose plurality, on the unofficial returns, was 2.289 over Col. John A. Fite. In this race Judge McConnell carried Smith county, along with Putnam, White, Jackson, Macon and Trousdale. Col. Fite carried Clay and DeKalb counties.
In the race for Attorney-General, with eight candidates in the field, Henry C. Snodgarss, of Sparta, was elected by s plurality, on the unofficial returns, of 227 votes over hls closest competition. John B. Jordan, of Carthage, Col. Columbus Marchbanks ran third In this race, being only about 450 votes behind Jordan. It was o close shave between Col. Marchbanks and Hon, "Baile" Butler, of Gainesboro, for third place, only a few votes difference between Nesmith, Corley, McMurray and Ford, ran considerably behind the four foremost candidates, Nesmith, Corley and McMurray ran about evenly, only a few votes separating them. Ford ran about 400 rotes behind them.
Snodgrass received a plurality in White county.
Butler received pluralities in Smith and Macon counties.
Nesmith received a plurality in DeKalb, county.
McMurray received a plurality in Trousdale county.
In this Judicial election, all of the candidates for Chancellor, Circuit Judge and Atorney-General were ardent democrats, nearly all of them were confederate soldiers, and in all of the races there were candidates of splendid ability and eminentfitness whose qualifications were recognized by all.