1922 – Montgomery City, Missouri. Sixteen-year-old Marion K. (Bill) Summers had dropped out of school, didn’t have a job, and was broke. Determined to succeed, Summers began selling a silver cleaner, which he had made himself, to ladies in a church group. The ladies sold the cleaner as a fund raiser. Summers traveled throughout the Midwest by interurban seeking a market for his product, then came up with the idea of making a “better” vanilla – better than the imitations being offered.