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Dickey County History
The county was formally organized in 1882, less than a year after the first settlement was established, and the county seat located at Ellendale where it has since remained.
There are those who claim it was named for Alfred Dickey, a prominent resident of Jamestown and the first Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota. He was a man well worthy of having a county named for him, but there is also a persistent belief that the county was named for a Mr. Dickey who was connected with the engineering staff of the Milwaukee Railroad.
It is quite generally agreed that the city of Ellendale was named for the wife of a prominent railroad man who was connected with the Milwaukee road by the name of Dale. Mrs. Dale was Helen or Ellen, so the new town was christened Ellendale.
(source: A History of Dickey County, North Dakota. Ellendale, N.D.: The Society, 1930)
Ellendale (county seat) * Forbes * Fullerton * Monango * Ludden * Oakes
Glover * Guelph * Merricourt
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