Tobacco Bag Stringing

Report on Tobacco Bag Stringing Operations in North Carolina and Virginia, 1939



September 6, 1938.

Mr. O. L. Crabtree,
Hillsboro, N.C.

Dear Mr. Crabtree:

I have been informed that the stringing of bags in the county may be discontinued. We have approximately 500 stringers that received $10,000.00 annually. The majority of these workers are small farmers, and depend largely on this money for their income. I feel if this would be discontinued a majority of these families would be forced to apply to the Welfare Department for aid. We now have a tremendous case load in this county, and it will be impossible for us to render assistance to these stringers.

I personally know what the stringing of bags means to these people, for having been reared in the country I can very well remember how when I was a child my own people depended upon the stringing of bags for food and clothes.

I am sure that anything that can be done to keep this little business running will be greatly appreciated by all concerned.

Very truly yours,

(Signed) Luther Dyson.

Luther Dyson, Superintendent
Department of Public Welfare,
Alexander County.

[Source: "Tobacco Bag Stringing Operations in North Carolina and Virginia." Richmond, Va.: 1939. North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.]