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Even though David was known by most people as a quiet, reserved man, he did have his humorous side. The scrap-card shown below reveals a side of David that was not often seen.

During World War II, both the Jacob Foltan family and the David Kaukonen family would invite local servicemen stationed at the nearby Santa Maria Army Air Field and Camp Cooke (now Vandenberg Air Force Base) over for a meal at their houses nearly every Sunday. This is, in fact, how Richard Ziech met Esther Foltan resulting in their marriage just a few months after World War II ended.

The photo to the left shows the four of them together, along with Margaret and Esther's younger sister Ruth (left to right: David, Margaret, Ruth, Esther, Dick), celebrating the end of the war in May 1945. The photo to the right shows Esther and Dick on their wedding day in Santa Maria, California in September of the same year.

For their wedding, David decided to cut out words and pictures from magazines and newspapers to put together a scrap-card for Esther (the sister of his wife Margaret) and Dick. They got married in 1945 — ten years after David and Margaret were married. Apparently a decade of marriage had given David quite a few insights which he wanted to pass on to the newlyweds!




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