Tobacco Bag Stringing
Lillie Jenkins

JENKINS, MRS. LILLIE, aged 32, husband 46, 7 children, all minors and living with family at Reddies River, Wilkes Co., N.C.

INCOME: Husband works for WPA, receiving $24.00 a month. He has not worked for the past month. They have no income from any other source with the exception of the income derived from string bags, from which she averages about $11.00 a month.

HOME CONDITIONS: It could not be ascertained whether or not the parties own the home shown in the picture but they pay $3.00 a year taxes thereon. The house has three rooms, is very dirty and delapidated [sic]. Other than a small amount of furniture, the family owns nothing with the exception of two cows, a steer and 16 chickens. The family is badly in debt for food. The ground which goes with the home produces very little. The total income of the farm, including the stringing of bags is inadequate for the food requirements of the family and if the stringing of bags is discontinued, further relief will be necessary to prevent starvation for the family.

[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.]