Ann's Park

Located at the corner of Roosevelt and Kellison.



The History of Ann’s Park

Ann’s great grandparents Jacob J. Snyder and Mary E. Maxwell Snyder owned the homestead; it passed to the three sons and their sisters. One was Ann’s grandmother Clara Snyder Kuhn. It was then passed to Ann’s Mother, Ruth Kuhn Layton and her brothers and sisters. In 1950, Ann’s daughter said her parents decided to build a home and because Ann’s family lived in the area, they decided on Marion. The Snyder property belonged to many of the descendants at that time, and they all had to agree to sell their small share. The original house and a few out buildings were all that remained on the three acres. They were dilapidated and were torn down. A new house was built and Ann Rathert lived most of the next 45 plus years on the property. She cared for the house and mowed the three acres until she was in her 70’s. Ann’s husband built a barbeque out of stones from the yard, and a very large picnic table was added in the park area. Many family members gathered to celebrate and picnic where today’s park is located. Ann’s daughter, Jan Rathert Smith, and her brother Mark, also had many parties in the park with their friends and classmates. Later other groups would ask the family if they could use the park. In 1996 Ann felt she could no longer keep the place up to her expectations so she put the property up for sale. The property actually included several plats of land on both sides of the alley. Ann sold all but one plat on the east side of the property, which she kept, and this is where Ann’s Park is today. When Ann died in 1998, her daughter inherited that plat. The City of Marion was developing an Industrial Park on the east side of the street. Jan Rathert Smith thought it would be nice for there to be a place to relax and have gatherings for the workers, so she donated the land as a memorial to her Mother and the 100 years of family history. And so, it was named “Ann’s Park” and a stone marker was placed in her honor. Jan and her brother Mark convinced the first family who bought the rest of the property to donate the land east of the alley so the original area could be used again as a park.