Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Brooks

MRS. BROOKS, Wilkes County, N.C., has 8 children, but only 3 live with her, one of whom is married.

INCOME: Husband makes $18 a week at the tannery. She owns a farm of 37 acres which she rents out at time. She can also make about $10.00 a month by stringing bags. Electric bill is $2.50 a month and grocery bill is about $50.00 a month. The rest of their income is used for clothes and payment for various comforts they have bought for their home.

HOME CONDITIONS: They own their home and 2 acres of land. The house has 7 rooms and is well kept and furnished. They also have a radio, an electric refrigerator, and an electric washing machine. They raise a little food, have a cow and a few chickens, and get all their fuel on their place. She does 5000 bags a week and uses money from them for childrens' clothes. When there are no bags to be done, she feels the lack of money badly. She wants to work on bags as much as she can and whenever there are any to do.

[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.]