Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. R.F. Soots

SOOTS, MRS. R. F., married; seven children living with her; resides in Wilkes County, N.C.

INCOME: Husband is a carpenter, works pretty steadily, and earns on an average of $12 a week. One of their daughters makes $11 a week in the hosiery mill and helps out with expenses. Mrs. Soots sometimes makes as much as $3.75 a week stringing bags.

HOME CONDITIONS: Owns home of four rooms and 1 ½ acres of land. Husband is own boss. They have one cow and a few chickens; water is supplied by a well. They have a radio and the house is in good condition. Wood for fuel is obtained on their land. Electric bill is $1.25 a month. It takes everything they make to live; they hardly ever have any extra money. She has been stringing bags for eight years, and she really gets pleasure from the satisfaction of doing this work. It occupies her time to good advantage. She is able to do 7,500 bags a week if they are available. The money earned from this work is used for general expenses.

[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.]