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Birthday for Tigard founder's grandson set for April

The Tigard Historical Association is throwing a birthday party, and you’re invited.

Curtis Tigard, the grandson of the city’s founder Wilson Tigard, turns 105 this year, and the historical association is throwing a gala birthday party to celebrate.

The birthday party is set for Sunday, April 13, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., at the Tigard Public Library.

The party will include a performance by the Tualatin Valley Community Band.

This isn’t the first time the historical group has thrown Curtis Tigard a party.

The group held a celebration at the library for his 100th birthday in 2009, and held smaller yearly celebrations at the John Tigard House Museum on Canterbury Lane.

But Martha Worley, president of the Tigard Historical Association, said that in recent years the parties have brought in more than 350 people, far too many to fit into the small 134-year-old home.

Curtis Tigard’s grandfather Wilson Tigard came by wagon train from Arkansas to settle his family in the area — then known as Easte Butte — in 1852.

In 1884, his son Charles F. Tigard opened a general store on McDonald Street and Pacific Highway. That general store later became the town post office, and the area eventually changed its name to Tigard.

The city was formally incorporated in 1961.



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