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Ken Cage sheds light on history of Marysville's Asbery Field

MARYSVILLE — Ken Cage wants people to bury the "u" that many try to put in Asbery Field.

Search for Marysville's Asbery Field online, and you might find sites listing it as "Asbury Field."

Cage, the president of the Marysville Historical Society, wants Marysville residents to know from which family the field just south of Totem Middle School got its name.

"Isaac Asbery and his son S.T. arrived in Marysville by flat boat on Ebey Slough in 1889," Cage said. "S.T. wrote that he remembered wagon roads and a plank bridge leading to Ash Street. Father and son moved to the property where the Marysville cemetery is now, and later built a two-story home where the Marysville Junior High School was sited."

Marysville Junior High School became Totem Middle School, and Isaac Asbery donated the site. While the field portion was once part of a pig farm, the entire property eventually came under the custody of the Marysville School District. Two years ago, school district staff, city of Marysville Parks and Recreation employees and volunteers from the community refurbished and added to trail paths at Asbery Field, while Homestreet Bank of Marysville paid $3,000 for a sign and landscaping around that sign identifying the field as Asbery Field.

"They made it look very nice, especially along Fourth Street," Cage said.

Cage added that the Asberys settled in Marysville the same year that the state of Washington was founded, in 1889. The city of Marysville itself was incorporated in 1891.

Visitors to the Marysville Historical Society, located at 1508-B Third St., can learn many more such facts during the museum's new weekly hours, Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"We looked at our patterns of visitors and found that was when we received the most numbers of people," Cage said. "It's part of serving the community better."

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