Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. M.M. Anderson

MRS. M.M. ANDERSON, Wilkes County, N.C.. has 7 children living with her.

INCOME: Husband works for $11 a week with W.P.A. One of their sons has an occasional job with a sawmill at $11 a week and he helps out with expenses. They won't admit it, but they are on Relief. Electric bill is $1.50 a month, taxes are $9 a year and groceries are about $8 a month which includes feed for stock.

HOME CONDITIONS: Owns a brand new home having six rooms; there are 10 acres of land around it. They have a horse, 2 cows, 12 hens and 25 chicks. They raise some of their food, particularly meat. They have a radio but no other conveniences. Home is well kept. Fuel is wood which they get by cutting wood for other people and keeping part for their work. Likes to do bags in winter but has to work on farm in summer and doesn't find time then to work on bags. She can string 10,000 bags a week, but does not suffer any ill effects from it. This money naturally raises their income considerably and means a lot to their welfare. Since this money is used for any expenses that come up, it would be direly missed if they weren't allowed to do it.

[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.]