White Inn to display heirlooms from ‘45 engagement

Submitted photo This display of items from Fred and Shirley Parker’s 1945 wedding engagement at the White Inn is set to go on display at the renovated hotel.

The revamped White Inn will display menus saved by a couple from their 1945 engagement at the Fredonia institution.

Bill Parker contacted the OBSERVER in January about the menus held as heirlooms by his parents, Fred and Shirley Parker. This writer subsequently did an article on the artifacts, where Bill Parker expressed hope they could go on display in the hotel where his parents got engaged.

The White Inn, closed since 2017, is currently under renovation by owners Steve St. George and Devin Jones. They saw the article and decided to grant Bill Parker his wish.

Parker, who lives out of state, said he would be traveling to the area this weekend. Joined by his wife and two sisters, he intends to present the menus to the White Inn Saturday.

“We put everything into a very nice frame with their story about the White Inn recapped,” Bill Parker said.

Besides the recap and the menus — a regular bill of fare and a list of specials — the frame contains a photo of Fred and Shirley Parker. It also has a love note from Fred to Shirley, a White Inn matchbook from 1945, and an old photo of the hotel.


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