Tobacco Bag Stringing
Susan Nelson

NELSON, MRS. SUSAN, aged 60; married, North Wilkesboro, N.C. Children: Betty, Johnson, Nellie, Junior, all of the ages are unknown.


HOME CONDITIONS: They own a two-room home, thirty acres of land, only 5 of which is used for cultivation of crops. The rest is wasteland. The house is well constructed but practically empty inside and very dirty. Their stock stock consist of one cow and a few chickens. The income earned from bags, amounting to about $8.00 a month, all goes for food and clothes. Since the bags have been discontinued temporarily, they have not been able to buy or make any clothes and have had to go in debt for food. The children were very dirty, poorly clad and apparently mentally incapable of holding a job. The five acres of land being used for cultivation is in a very run-down condition and Mr. Nelson states that it will be impossible to raise crops on it another year unless money can be secured to put it in shape. The family is in a desperate condition and will not be able to get along without the bag income.

[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.]