Tobacco Bag Stringing
Fay Danay

DANAY, MRS. FAY, aged 24, husband's age 34, two minor children living with them at Reddies River, Wilkes, Co., N.C.

INCOME: Wife used to teach school but lost her position some time ago. The entire family lives with the husband's mother and father but neither he nor his father are able to work. The husband's mother receives $10.00 a month old-age pension.

HOME CONDITIONS: They live in a six-room cottage on a 54-acre tract of land, a small portion of which is cultivated. They own two cows, two hogs and a few chickens. They are miserably poor but their home is maintained in the best condition possible under existing circumstances. They produce most of their food and their grocery and feed bill is only $6.00 a month. Taxes are $13 a year. The wife has been stringing bags for about six years and earns about $11 a month. At the present time the bag money is absolutely indispensable as a means of insuring food for the family, as they have been required to purchase food from the local stores of the minimum amount of approximately $6.00 a month.

[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.]