Tobacco Bag Stringing
Annie Eller

ELLER, MRS. ANNIE, aged 44; widow; one infant son living, with her. at Reddies River, Wilkes Co., N.C.

INCOME: Her only income is uncertain, derived entirely from work for other people, principally in their homes.

HOME CONDITIONS: She boards and in the majority of cases she works for the people with whom she boards, paying for her board with her work. When she is at home her grocery bill amounts to about $5.00 a week. This usually is paid by working in the grocery store. She owns ten acres of land and a small two-room shack thereon. Her sole possessions other than the home are a few chickens. She has been stringing bags for about five years supplementing her income derived from other sources. She earns about $7.00 a month from bag stringing. This is the only cash income that she ever has. Some time ago she had measles which affected her eyes and any kind of sewing or needlework, including bag stringing, bothers her eyes at times.

[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.]