Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Barbara Wagoner

WAGONER, MRS. BARBARA; married; two children; aged 20 years; reside in Wilkes Co., N.C. Children: Jacob, aged one year. Buck, aged 9 - child by husband's first wife.

INCOME: About $20.00 per month. Husband is laborer on government park project in this section. However, this work is to be discontinued in a short while.

HOME CONDITIONS: They own a three-room house and about forty acres of land. Most of this land is forest and rocky, only about ½-acre being suited for raising crops. All the food has to be bought except corn and potatoes. The house is very dirty and untidy. She makes all the clothes except husband's. The children were very dirty and clothes ragged. They own a cow and a few chickens which supply the milk and eggs. No running water, electricity or inside toilet facilities. The water is gotten from the creek. 50 cents a month is paid on burial insurance; the rest is spent on food and necessities. She earns about $8.00 a month stringing bags. She enjoys doing them, and says they are absolutely necessary to maintain the family.

[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.]