Tobacco Bag Stringing

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


ORANGE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE

W. T. MATTOX
SUPT. PUBLIC WELFARE
HILLSBORO, N. C.

October 4, 1938.

Mr. A. L. Fletcher
Commissioner of Labor
Raleigh, N.C.

Dear Mr. Fletcher:

It has been brought to my attention that there is some possibility of the Wage and Hour Bill preventing people in Orange County from stringing tobacco bags.

I would like to state that the bag industry has been of untold financial value to a considerable number of Orange County people. While the amount seems small it affords most of these people about all the ready cash that they have. Should this source of income be cut off from them it would mean the multiplication of calls upon the welfare department in our county and with our limited money we would not be able to meet near all these calls. The people who string bags, as a rule, are unable to do public work and most of them are aged and infirm.

I trust that you will see fit to allow these people to continue to string bags in their homes. Doing the work in their homes as they do, means that they use time, for the most part, that would be spent as leisure time were it not for the fact that they had this little work to do by which they can earn a very small pittance but which to them means a great deal.

Thanking you in advance for your consideration in this matter, I am

Yours truly,

(Signed) W. T. Mattox,
Supt. Public Welfare.


[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.]