In 1934, a lively red haired man named O.D. McKee used his new panel truck as collateral for a $288 loan on a cookie shop. He wanted to compete with the snack wagons, which catered to industrial workers in those days. So in 1935, he began to experiment with the hard oatmeal cookie his little shop was baking at the time. He made formula changes to make the cookie soft. He put two of his soft oatmeal cookies together with fluffy filling in-between. These new "creme pies" sold for a nickel. Mr. McKee was always looking for better ways to make his products. He expanded his company time after time. Once he had to fill in for an employee who was absent. All day he turned a hand crank. Later, he drove to a salvage yard and found a gear from an old washing machine. He went back to the bakery, replaced the hand crank, added a small motor, and began the automation process, which turned his small bakery into one of the largest producers of snack cakes and wafers in the nation. "The Oatmeal Creme Pie has been our mainstay", said Mr. McKee, with a twinkle in his eye. It's still the favorite and as good a value today as it was 50 years ago.