Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Daisy Stamper

BLEVINS, MRS. CORA, married, aged 35, North Wilkesboro, N.C. Children: Beverley, aged 11, Cecil, aged 9. Mura, aged 6, Kelley, aged 4, Dorothy, aged 1.


HOME CONDITIONS: They rent a one room shack and about 8 acres of land. by tending this land they pay one-third of the produce to its owner as rent. All of the eating, sleeping and cooking is done in one room. The house is in a very delapidated [sic] state and unfit for housing. The children were all barefooted and very dirty. The money which is earned from bags amounts to about $10 a month. and is spent for food and seed. They own nothing. The husband is in very poor health. He has high blood pressure and for this reason has been unable to hold a job. He is in need of medical attention but is unable to afford a doctor. All that he can do is to work the farm when he is able to be out of bed. The family is in desperate circumstances and will be unable to exist if the bags are taken away.

[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.]