Tobacco Bag Stringing

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


THE WILKES COUNTY
BOARD OF CHARITIES AND PUBLIC WELFARE
WILKESBORO, N. C.

September 6, 1938.

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

Dear Mr. Crabtree:

It has just been called to my attention that the Bag Companies will likely have to go out of business should it be decided that they must come under the Wage and Hour Bill which goes into effect next month.

In this connection I would like to state that the bag industry here in Wilkes County has been of untold value to our people. This business has given an income, even though small, to a large number of families that otherwise would not have had any income except from some charitable organization. I have found that in dealing with charity cases here in Wilkes that a large number of them tie tobacco bags which does give them some income. the greatest trouble here is that the people have not been able to secure as many bags as they are able to work.

I have talked with our bag representative here in Wilkes County and he tells me that they have not been able to secure as many bags as they are able to work.

I have talked with our bag representative here in Wilkes County and he tells me that they have been paying out around $100.00 per day to the people this section for working tobacco bags. I feel sure that this has been a great help to our people.

Yours very truly,

(Signed) Charles C. McNeill
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.]