How Dyllis Got Its Name

{Robert Bailey – Roane County Historian}

Sometimes it is very difficult to find the origin of the names of the many rural communities in Roane County. However, we know the origins of the Dyllis Community. It was named after Dyllis Hendrick, the daughter of Claude Hendrick. Claude was the Mayor of Harriman (1901- 1915) and the Harriman City Treasurer (1895-1901). He also served on the Harriman City School Board. He was also involved in the Railroads. A railroad line was run from Harriman to Dossett, and an excursion was made from Harriman to Knoxville. One of the stations was called Dyllis, and the other station was named “Elsa” after Claude’s wife. Today it is known as Elsa Gate.

Originally written for the Roane County Newsletter to the Community, May 2015.