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The legislature for the Dakota Territory authorized the formation of Dickey County in 1881, naming it for one of their members, George H. Dickey. An organizing meeting was held on August 28, 1882, at Ellendale.
Ada Township was first settled in the early 1880s. Originally part of Weston Township, which at the time covered two survey townships in Townships 129 and 130N, Range 61W. Ada was organized around 1900 from the southern of the two townships and the northern one was renamed Kent Township.
The village of Silverleaf, built in 1887, is located 7 miles east of Ellendale, and was once the major population center in the township. The town reported around 25 residents in the late 1910s, and never seemed to exceed more than 50. It is little more than a ghost town today.
The village served a flag station for the Great Northern Railroad. Two conflicting stories exist over the origin of the name. Some say it is for the silverberry bushes found in the area, but others attribute the naming to a joke played an early settler, Dan Keenan. Keenan reportedly removed the label from a tin of "Siverleaf" lard and nailed it to a boxcar parked at the station
Ellendale is the county seat of Divide County, and the cities of the county are Ellendale, Forbes, Fullerton, Ludden, Monango, and Oakes. The unincorporated communities are Glover, Guelph, and Merricourt.
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