The charter for the American Legion Riverton Heights Post 235 shows its first members. COURTESY PHOTO/Louise Jones-Brown, Tukwila Historical Society

Artifacts help reveal community’s past | Tukwila’s Story

  • Tue Apr 18th, 2017 3:00pm
  • Life

By Louise Jones-Brown

Tukwila Historical Society

The Tukwila Historical Society’s mission is to preserve and share historical artifacts and stories of the community.

The charter document for the American Legion/Riverton Heights Post #235 dated August 18, 1952, was presented to the society shortly after it moved into the Old City Hall/Tukwila School building in early 2011.

Research of the names appearing on the document did not reveal a lot of information until checking one of the names listed under first-year members. That list included the name Howard W. Date, a Seattle native born in 1923.

Date served in the Army Air Corps during WWII and married in 1947. He and his wife, Winnie, settled in the South Park neighborhood and raised three children. He was the owner and operator of the Riverton Heights Ice Creamery.

An obituary indicates Date was an important part of the community and a friend to many who came to his shop. He was known as “Grandpa” to dozens of people as he served his confections to the neighborhood.

Historical Society records do not list Date or his business, but it is believed he and the shop were significant to the fiber of the local community. Readers of this story may have memories of an ice cream cone or dish served by him.

Louise Jones-Brown is vice president of the Tukwila Historical Society.