Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Combs

MRS. COMBS, Wilkes County, N.C., has 7 children living with her, one of whom is her grandchild. She is 50 years old and her husband is 58.

INCOME: Husband hauls bags for Mr. Godfrey at 10 cents for 5000; his income from this depends entirely on output of bags. He rents some of his land out for a share of the crop. His only cash income is what he makes for hauling bags and what his wife makes stringing. Expenses are very few, since husband owns his home and raises almost all his food. Taxes are $9.00 a year. electric bill is $1.00 a month and telephone bill for 2 phones is 25 cents a month.

HOME CONDITIONS: The house is in good condition, has 7 rooms and is fairly well furnished. There are 9-3/4 acres of land, 1 horse, 2 cows, 2 hogs, 90 hens, 9 roosters, and 500 chicks. Husband owns a pick-up truck which he uses for hauling bags. He gets his fuel off of his land. This family is considerably better off than the majority of families living in this section. They seem to be more literate and happier. Wife doesn't have to string bags but wants to earn some extra money. She doesn't mind doing it at all and does it when her other duties tire her. She earns about $10.00 a month if she hasn't got much else to do.

[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.]