Curtis Tigard, is the grandson of the city's founder, John Tigard who crossed plains in 1852 for Oregon.

COURTESY OF DENNIS SHEN - Tigard Mayor John Cook helps Curtis Tigard celebrate his 108th birthday last year at the John Tigard House.Tigard's own first citizen, Curtis Tigard, will celebrate his 109th birthday at the John Tigard House this Saturday.

The event will run from 1 to 3 p.m. at the house, located at 103rd Avenue and Canterbury Lane.

Curtis' grandfather John Tigard crossed the plains to Oregon in 1852 and settled in what is now the Tigard area.

Curtis used to visit his grandfather's home, which was originally located at Pacific Highway and Gaarde Street but later moved to its current location, when he was younger.

Curtis' parents once operated what was then known as the Tigardville General Store, and later the town post office, at the intersection of Pacific Highway and McDonald Street.

He has spent his entire life in the city that bears his family name, except for a stint on active duty in the Army, serving in North Africa, Italy, the West Coast and at the Pentagon.

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