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Tigard Time Capsule

In this feature, Tigard Librarian Sean Garvey takes you back in time through key events in Tigard’s history. You can participate by sending ideas for the feature, asking questions, or sharing your historic photos of Tigard. Sean can be reached at

25 years ago
September 1994
Tigard High School’s girls soccer team began their season looking for an unprecedented 4th consecutive 4A state title. Despite the loss of six graduated seniors, the team finished the season with a 13-4 record, placed second in the Metro League, but did not make the state playoffs. (1994, September 1). Four in a Row? Tigard Times, p. B1.

50 years ago
September 1969
The City of Tigard unveiled plans for improvements to Cook Park. Upgrades included construction of baseball fields, a boat launching facility, nature trails, a playground for children, picnic areas and tennis courts. A road into the park and parking areas were also constructed. Cook Park, named for Tigard resident and former Mayor John Cook, Sr., is Tigard’s premier park.  (1969, September 4). Cook Park Schematic Plan. Tigard Times, p.2.

75 years ago
September 1944
Second Lieutenant Arthur H. Vincent of Tigard, in the weeks preceding D-Day, was assigned to register and safeguard hundreds of secret documents and plans related to the invasion. Mr. Vincent worked as a banker in Tigard for 29 years and later opened his own real estate firm in town before his retirement in 1965.  (1944, September 8). Tigard lieutenant D-Day plan guard. Tigard Sentinel, p.1.

100 years ago
May 1919

The East Butte School on Pacific Highway in Tigard hired Margaret Summers of Salem as principal to succeed Mr. C. White. Summers was a graduate of the state college in Kansas and had several years’ experience teaching in Oregon schools at the time of her appointment. (The East Butte School was located on the property where Charles F. Tigard Elementary now stands on Grant Avenue.) (1919, August 11). Woman is named new school principal at Tigard. Daily Capital Journal, p.1.


Another Time Capsule

25 years ago
February 1994
The Tigard Public Library opens a new 1,300 square-foot addition named in honor of Mary M. Puett, a 45-year resident of Tigard whose bequest to the library made the expansion possible. Ms. Puett, a former office manager for Electrical Distributors, Inc., was an avid reader and accomplished seamstress.

50 years agoMotes Pharmacy
February 1969
Charles Mote, 64, who operated Motes Pharmacy on Main Street for nearly a quarter-century, died at his home in Tillamook. The funeral was held at Tigard Christian Church with interment at Crescent Grove Cemetery.

75 years ago
February 1944
First_bank_of_TigardThe First Bank of Tigard on Main Street is acquired and made a branch location by United States National Bank.  Established in 1919, the First Bank of Tigard holds deposits totaling $1,800,000. First Bank of Tigard President W.M. Evans was named manager of the new branch.

100 years ago
February 1919
The 1st meeting of the Tualatin Valley Good Roads Association discuss how to fund and build a “hard surface or a macadam road” to connect southern Washington County and the recently paved Rex-Tigard Highway (today’s Pacific Highway) with the county seat in Hillsboro. 

Another time capsule

25 years agoJohn_Schwartz-2
May 1994
Tigard City Councilor John Schwartz narrowly defeated Councilor Judy Fessler in a special election for Mayor to finish the term of Mayor Gerald Edwards who resigned in March.  (Mayor Schwartz declined re-election in November and became Tigard’s shortest serving elected Mayor at 7 months). (1994, May 19).  Schwartz ahead; Scheckla in. The Tigard Times, p. A1.

50 years ago
May 1969
Mrs. Rosa Tigard was honored Wednesday night by Tigard Grange with an 82-year membership certificate. On May 19, Mrs. Tigard will be 99 years young. She is the widow of community founder Charles F. Tigard and was one of the first area residents. (1969, May 8).  Nonagenarian sees many changes. The Tigard Times, p.1.

75 years ago Butte Grange
May 1944
Tigard Grange celebrated its 70th birthday on the evening of May 3 with a monster birthday. Four 50-year members were honored: Mrs. Rosa Tigard, Mrs. Elizabeth Vincent, Mrs. Hannah Christensen and Butler Tigard. A beautiful corsage was presented to Flora Leedy who will soon celebrate her 87th birthday. This was one of the most outstanding meetings ever held in this district, and all present enjoyed an excellent time. (1944, May 12). 70th anniversary celebrated. The Tigard Sentinel, p.1.

100 years ago
May 1919
First Bank of TigardTigard, on the Oregon Electric and Southern Pacific, has organized a new bank, and C. F. Tigard, well known all over the county, having represented us in the legislature, is the new president of the concern, which is being opened in one of the coming sections of the county. (1919, April 3). Tigard blossoms out with bank. The Hillsboro Argus, p.1.

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