Hello, King City and Summerfield residents,

Like perhaps most of you, I am not a native of our area (Tigard-Tualatin-King City), but I've lived a mile or two from King City and Summerfield for the past 48 years!

When I first moved to Tigard from Los Angles in 1963, King City was just an idea that soon after started its early growth stage.

What a wonderful idea, a home community just for people who want to cluster together with like age and interest people, I thought as a young man in his 20s.

Since those heady days of growth in our area and then the development of Summerfield, we saw Tigard grow rapidly as a community in which to settle down and enjoy.

Most of the original inhabitants of King City sadly are now gone, but you are here to carry on the pleasures and history of your community.

As a long-time volunteer for the Tigard Historical Association, it occurs to me that too little attention has been focused upon the long history of King City, which has enhanced our broad community so much.

The "history" of King City should be more properly conserved by us all. You and residents of Summerfield have contributed much to the Tigard area community, and that should be recorded and preserved.

Mary Feller, my wife of 45 years, is president of the Tigard Historical Association.

The association would be delighted to have representatives of the King City and Summerfield communities join us in a program of gathering and preserving the history of those communities which have been a vital part of the Tigard community.

Neither I nor my wife Mary grew up in this community, but we feel deeply that the history of all of Tigard should be properly preserved.

The only way to do this is by aligning ourselves with the Tigard Historical Association.

People are invited to contact the Tigard Historical Association president, Mary Feller, at 503-639-1816 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Also, you may not even be aware that the nephew of the founder of Tigard, Curtis Tigard, is a robust "young" man who will be celebrating his 102nd birthday on Saturday, April 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. with a special event scheduled at the John Tigard House Museum, an 1880s Victorian house at the corner of Canterbury Lane and 103rd Avenue, not far from King City and Summerfield.

Come and join in with so many other Tigard area residents for treats and visual histories of your community.

We would love to have you join us in a project to preserve the history of the King City and Summerfield areas. You are all a part of the "best thing that has come to the Tigard area."

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