Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Coy Anderson

ANDERSON, MRS. COY, married and has seven small children who live with her; resides in Wilkes County, N.C.

INCOME: Husband gets $30.00 a month for working in an orchard belonging to a Mr. Moorehouse. They are on relief but won't admit it. Mr. Moorehouse owns place and husband works out rent. Electric bill is about $1.00 a month. Most of their food is bought and costs around $5.00 a week. There are no other expenses except a little for clothes.

HOME CONDITIONS: The house is in poor condition and has only three rooms. They have a hog and a few chickens which supply their meat needs. She likes to string bags and does 5,000 a week when she can get them. This doesn't upset her routine at all, and provides most of the money for their food. It is a great comfort to her to be able to do bags and to make money.

[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.]