Tobacco Bag Stringing
Lula Royall

ROYALL, MRS. LULA, aged 19, husband aged 27; two infant children; reside in Reddies River, Wilkes Co., N.C.

INCOME: Husband works for WPA, making $24.00 a month.

HOME CONDITIONS: Apparently the family owns the home and 35 acres of land but this fact could not be verified. None of the land is cultivated. The house has four rooms, no toilet facilities, and is in a very delapidated condition. The taxes on the property are $2.50 a year. The only other income the family has is derived from stringing bags. The wife is young and has to devote most of her time to the care of the house and children, but in her odd moments she strings bags, deriving therefrom approximately $7.00 a month. The entire income from WPA and from bag stringing is used to buy food.

[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.]