Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. C.C. Combs

COMBS, MRS. C. C., aged 41, husband 58, eight children, all living with family at Hunting Creek, Wilkes Co., N.C.

HOME CONDITIONS: This family owns an 8-room house and 90 acres of land. They own a cow, 4 calves, 3 hogs, a mule and about 125 chickens. They also have a few hives of bees. The house is fairly new but very poorly kept. In addition, the family owns another farm which they rent for 100 bushels of corn per year. The taxes on both places amount to $60 a year. The family produces most of the food and have very little to sell. The groceries which they are required to buy, as well as food for the chickens, averages about $5 a week. The wife has been stringing bags for five years and used to average about $21.50 a month. Recently she has been sick and has discontinued all work until her recovery.

[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.]