March 1947 — J. Kelly Dick forms the Southern Clay Co. in Paris, TN., to produce oil/grease absorbents.

March 1, 1947 — Lowe’s Sawdust Co. leases a building along right of away in Cassopolis, MI.

September 1, 1947 — Kay Draper purchases fuller’s earth clay from Ed Lowe to use in her cat box.

October 1, 1947 — At the prompting of Ed Lowe, the Davenport Pet Shop in South Bend, IN, test-markets fuller’s earth from Ed to sell as cat-box-filler.

October 9, 1947 — Ed Lowe purchases Southern Clay Co.’s first carload of fuller’s earth clay.