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The History of Ada

The village of Ada, Michigan started off as a trading post that was located right along the Grand River. With many Native Americans already inhabiting the soon-to-be Ada, Rix Robinson, the first white man to the village, moved in. He took over the trading post after awhile, and eventually went on to hold different titles throughout the area. Some of the most notable titles were the Supervisor for the Township of Kent (1834), Supervisor of Ada Township (1840), a State Senator (1845), and finally, a Member of the State Constitutional Convention (1850).

The first postmaster in Ada, Michigan, was a man named Sidney Smith. He had a daughter named Ada. The township and village eventually were called Ada, after her.

Ada, Michigan soon had a place on the map. The creation and introduction of the railroad had a major part in this, thus making it easier to connect the towns of Ada and Grand Rapids. This led to the establishment of new businesses including a flour mill, general stores, churches, hotels, and a doctor, among other things. With the development of the technology following shortly after, Ada soon became a successful little town.

Today, Ada is still flourishing. With a multitude of businesses that have plenty of variety, Ada, Michigan is a great place to work and live. ​ Sources: http://www.hsmichigan.org/ada/info/ http://michiganhistory.leadr.msu.edu/tag/ada/

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