Tobacco Bag Stringing
Bessie Holsbrook

HOLSBROOK, MRS. BESSIE, aged 37; married; resides in North Wilkesboro, N.C. Children: Shirley, aged 17. Edna, aged 14, Graham, aged 13, Walter, aged 12. Cora Bell, aged 3.

INCOME: Husband is a ranger in the new Government National Park and earns $52.00 a month.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent a four-room house and 90 acres of land. Fifteen acres is being tended and one-third of the produce is paid as rent. The home is nicely built, fairly well furnished and is kept very clean and neat. There is no electricity, running water or any such necessary facilities. The money earned from bags which amounts to around $10 a month is spent on food and clothes. They own two cows and around 30 chickens which keep them supplied with milk and eggs. About $300 is owed for hospital bills. She states that the bags are not absolutely necessary but this income is very helpful in paying of past due hospital bill.

[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.]