A view from the past: 'Old Betsey'

Luther Stamey set up a successful business in Travelers Rest in 1920. A skilled mechanic, he advertised tires, tubes, gas, oil, general repairs, and day or night road service.

When Stamey realized that the area needed a wrecker, he built one of his own using an old truck and a wooden frame. Some have said that when a vehicle ran off the road on a steep mountain grade, Stamey's homemade wrecker — named "Old Betsey" — could beat many of the newer wreckers in retrieving difficult-to-reach cars and trucks.

Stamey and "Old Betsey" were familiar sights in the Travelers Rest area up until about 1955.

The above information was derived from the newly-released "History of Travelers Rest: A Sense of Place" by Dr. Marian Cooper Bryan and "Images of America: Travelers Rest," both published by the Travelers Rest Historical Society.

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