Tobacco Bag Stringing
Bessie Kemp

KEMP, MRS. BESSIE, Hunting Creek, N.C., aged 25, husband 30; three minor children.

INCOME: Husband works in a local furniture factory, receiving $15.00 a week. They have no other income.

HOME CONDITIONS: They own a new two-room house and 129 acres of land. They have no stock on the place with the exception of a pig. All the fuel for the house is cut from the farm. The family appears to be very much better off than most people in the vicinity. The taxes on the farm amount to $17.00 a year. The family spends about $10.00 a week on groceries. The wife has strung bags for five years and makes about $11 a month. She is not forced to do the work and states that she can get along without it but she rather likes doing it and it enables her and the family to live a little better and to give to the children things which they could not otherwise have. The children look very alive and alert and indicate that they have been well cared for.

[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.]