U-Haul International is best known for its original business, one-way rental service. The U-Haul Company was founded by L.S. "Sam" Shoen and his wife, Anna Mary Carty Shoen, in the summer of 1945. The idea was initiated by the Shoen's own need to rent a utility trailer one-way to move from Los Angeles, California to Portland, Oregon. There were no options to fill their needs, and so like many .