Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Sam Johnson

JOHNSON, MRS. SAM, aged 49, husband 67; two children living with family in Hunting Creek, Wilkes Co., N.C.

HOME CONDITIONS: The family either owns or leases a six-room cottage and 200 acres of land. It is in good condition and the family is generally better off than their income would indicate. They own a car and a small truck. They also own two cows, two pigs, and quite a number of chickens. They raise all the food they use and have some left over crops for sale. They spend about $3 a week for things that they do not raise. Their taxes amount to $18 a year. In addition thereto, the wife owns a farm, taxes on which are $12 a year, but she rents this for a very small sum, sufficient in amount to pay the taxes and repairs. She has been stringing bags for 27 years, averaging therefrom [sic] about $7.00 a month. Her present condition is such that she has about determined to discontinue entirely the stringing of bags. In the past, however, the bag stringing has been instrumental in helping her secure a lot of the things which today makes it possible for her to ease up on her 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.]