Samuel Loef (1883-1971) and Philip Weintraub (1880-1972) operated this junk dealership from 1916 until 1920. Samuel immigrated from Germany to New York about 1890, where he married Esther Diftler (1884-1968), a fellow German immigrant, and had one son, Harry Loef (1905-1982). The Loefs moved to Columbia by 1907 and then Spartanburg in 1913, where Samuel opened where Samuel the New Credit Store, a credit-based clothing business. That store closed by 1916, when Samuel opened a junk yard at 140-147 S. Liberty Street with partner Philip Weintraub (1880-1972). Weintraub left Spartanburg by 1917. Samuel Loef remained in business until 1920, when the family left Spartanburg. Samuel later worked in the mercantile business in Georgia and New York.