Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Floss Crabbe

CRABBE, MRS. FLOSS, widow, aged 48, North Wilkesobo, N.C. Children; DeWitt, aged 23. Oland, aged 18. Raymond, aged 8. Jack, aged 14. William, aged 9.

INCOME: She received $7.00 per month form the Government for dependent children.

HOME CONDITIONS: They own a four-room house and 56 acres of land, only ten acres being cultivated. The rest of the land is timber and wasteland and not fit for cultivation. They own two cows and about 30 chickens, which supply them with milk and eggs. The two eldest boys are unable to work since they have to take care of all the farming. Jack is in very poor health but Mrs. Crabbe does not feel that she is able to afford the necessary medical attention. All of the money goes for food which she thinks is very insufficient within needs. Since the bags have been temporarily discontinued it has been necessary for them to go in debt with the grocery store, and they have not been able to spend anything on clothes. She states that it will be necessary for her to have other relief if the bags are taken away, it being impossible to run the family on $7.00 a month. She has been stringing bags around five years and would feel lost without them.

[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.]