In 1943, E.G. graduated from UCLA, and then served in World War II as a naval officer in the Pacific.
In 1945, E.G. returned from the war to assume management of the business from his 75-year-old and ailing father.
In 1947, E.G. married Frankie Franklin who had recently arrived in Bakersfield from rural Illinois.
In 1948, Stephen was born.
In 1949, Frankie began assisting E.G. with the management and operation of the growing business.
1940 - 1949