We got engaged in the canteen.

Jean White worked at Fletcher Jones on the sewing machines putting zippers in trousers and Wally Paton was a bike mechanic in town.   The young couple had been together for six months, when Jean turned 18 and asked Wally for a friendship ring.

He said instead, "what about an engagement ring?"  Jean said, "I thought he had good manners, he was kind, he loved my dog and he was a very good kisser!   So I said yes!" 

Wally picked the ring up at lunchtime and came roaring up the Fletcher Jones drive in his Standard Eight car and ran into the Fletcher Jones staff canteen with the ring to give to Jean! And with that the couple got engaged in the FJ canteen!  

Jean and Wally appeared on the front page of the Warrnambool Standard with their story.

http://www.standard.net.au/story/3535732/memories-of-fletcher-jones/

Jean and Wally Paton with their wedding photo at one of the FJ Stories morning teas. Photo: The Warrnambool Standard
Jean and Wally Paton with their wedding photo at one of the FJ Stories morning teas. Photo: Rhonda McDonell
Jean holding the photo of her and Wally Paton on their wedding day.
Participate

Become a Part of the Fletcher Jones Story.

If you would like to share images, stories or anecdotes about Fletcher Jones, the man or the business, please contact the Project Coordinator, Julie Eagles, through this website or contact via the Save the Silver Ball and Fletcher’s Gardens Facebook Page.  

We'd also love your feedback about our website and your favourite stories.  You can also let us know if you think we've got anything wrong, misspelt or left out.