Today in Johnson City History: April 21

April 21, 1892: Arrangements were complete for a new tannery planned for Johnson City. The Comet reported that organizers had been on the site of the tannery the day before with a corps of surveyors, and finished the work of laying off for side tracks and a railroad connection.

April 21, 1904: The Comet reported that the ET&WNC Railroad would move headquarters from Cranberry to Johnson City. Offices had been leased in the Unaka Bank building for the railroad’s occupancy after May 1.

April 21, 1959: The Unaka Rock and Mineral Society was formed in Johnson City. 

April 21, 2002: Judge Oris Hyder died. Prior to becoming president of First Peoples Bank, he was a Criminal Court judge. He was a 1937 graduate of Science Hill High School in Johnson City. In 1941, he was awarded a bachelor’s degree by Milligan College. During World War II, Hyder served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an air navigation officer. He remained in the reserves following the war and was a retired Air Force colonel.

Sources: The Comet; History of Washington County Tennessee; Mary-Colin Hyder Santos.

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