Tobacco Bag Stringing
Pearl Bell

BELL, MRS. PEARL, aged 42; married; resides in North Wilkesboro, N.C. CHILDREN: Gladys, aged 19. Claude, aged 18. Clyde, aged 14. Leola, aged 12. Walter, aged 10. J.C., aged 7. Madylin, aged 5. Willis Rose, aged 5.

INCOME: Gladys works on N.Y.A. work at school, earning $14.00 a month.

HOME CONDITIONS: They own a two-room house and forty acres of land, 7 acres being tended, the rest is in a run down condition and not fit for cultivation. Mr. Bell states that more money will be needed if the seven acres are to be kept in shape. The house was in a very delapidated [sic] state. Mrs. Bell was ill with flu. The room was very cold, since several boards of the wall were out, causing an awful draft. The husband is in ill health, being ruptured and suffering from rheumatism. He formerly worked on WPA but was discharged on account of his health. They have been unable to run the home on their daughter's income and have found it necessary to go in debt. They owe the hospital $65, grocery store $18, and have other small debts amounting to about $30. Since Mr. Bell will be unable to do any other work off the farm, the bag money will be absolutely necessary in order that the family be fed and clothed.

[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.]