We have several postcards of what appears to be a frequent sight on Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street: Aunt Betsey Holmes riding in her carriage. The carriage is pulled by a bull, not a horse, and so the postcards often contain puns relating to her preferred mode of transportation: “automobull“ and “horseless carriage” are the two most common. The bull’s name was Joe, and Betsey is often shown with Uncle Bill. It appears she became quite the institution – the postcard below lists her age as 93!
Does anyone know anything about Betsey (or is it Betsy) Holmes?