Tobacco Bag Stringing
Zora Jarvis

MRS. ZORA JARVIS, Wilkes County, N.C., has 9 children living with her.

INCOME: Husband has a steady job at the tannery and makes $18 a week. She can make about $10 a month on bags when there are any to string. They make a little money off of chickens. They are gradually buying their farm. Electric bill is $2.60 a month. They burned $26 worth of coal this winter for heating. Wood for cooking costs about $4 a month. Food costs about $10.00 a week. After all expenses are paid there is very little money left.

HOME CONDITIONS: They live in a nice home having 7 rooms. There are 2 acres of land on which they raise a good deal of their food. They own a few hens, 200 chicks, 1 pig, a radio, an electric refrigerator, and are considering buying a horse. This family is well off in comparison to other families in this section. Stringing: Wife is 52 and can't remember when she didn't string bags. In the winter she strings about 5000 bags a week, but has to work on the farm in the summer and can't give much of her time to bag stringing. Just does this work in order to have a little cash on hand. She is not affected in any way by this work.

[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.]