...sunflower state of Kansas can be proud,
that five settlers picked Marion from the crowd;
it has become a fine small town, proud of it's past,
the founding is celebrated every year, first to last.
Those five families came in covered wagons too,
directed by surveyors from the railroad crew,
it was just before the Civil War that they came,
they are the ones who lent Marion the name.
The first homestead was filed by Frank Griffith,
in August of 1860, the day he picked was the eighth.
He built a shanty where the Santa Fe passed through,
and from that this fine town grew.
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