Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. C. Eller

ELLER, MRS. C., aged 41, husband 60; three children, living with family at Reddies River, Wilkes Co., N.C.

HOME CONDITIONS: The wife owns a half interest in a three room cottage, which is in fairly good condition, and a small acreage of land. They also own a cow and calf, a steer, two pigs and a dozen hens. The family has a small garden but the wife is unable to assist in the farm work on account of rheumatism.

INCOME: Husband works for PWA sixteen days a month, receiving $24. The family spends about $5 a week for food. Apparently one of the wife's brothers pays the taxes on the home. On the death of the wife's father he left the farm to the wife and her brother. There has been no division of the property. The wife is sick most of the time. In spite of this fact, she has been able to earn an average of abour [sic] $11.00 a month from bag stringing and states that the money is essential to their welfare. Nother [sic] known type of work can be done by her.

[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.]