Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Daisy Stamper

STAMPER, MRS. DAISY; aged 40; married; eight children; resides in Wilkes County, N.C. Children: Anna, aged 21. Ruby, aged 20. Edward, aged 18. Georgie, aged 13. Bob, aged 11. G.D., aged 7. Pauline, aged 4. Virginia, aged 1.

INCOME: Husband works on Government park project at about $20.00 per month.

HOME CONDITIONS: Live in a one-room house (has small back room in which the cooking is done, and the corn, potatoes, etc. are stored. Have only a small garden in which a few vegetables are raised. One dollar a month is spent on burial insurance. The house was very delapidated [sic] and unsanitary. The walls had big cracks in them and were partially covered with paper to keep out the weather. The children were very shabbily clothed and filthy. The room in which they all slept was very ill-smelling and dirty.

All the money earned by the husband is spent on food and clothes. The bag money is needed for food and to pay the burial insurance or fee. Since the bags have been temporarily discontinued, they have had to borrow money for food and the insurance. They cannot make a go of it if the bags are cut off. They earn about $14.00 a month stringing bags. The house and land belongs to her father who pays the rent on it. She is in bad health and should receive medical attention and have medicine, but it will be impossible to have either if the bags are discontinued.

[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.]