Tobacco Bag Stringing

MRS. MARY SHEPARD, aged 61, married and has 2 children living with her. Husband is 68. They reside at Reddies River, N.C.

INCOME: Husband is unemployed but one son works for P.W.A and helps them out. Although the husband farms, he can only raise a few of their needs.

EXPENSES: Taxes are $5. They spend everything they make on food and are still in debt to the store.

HOME CONDITIONS: House has 4 rooms and there are 35 acres of land. He owns a cow, a mule, 2 pigs, and 7 hens. He gets his wood from his own land. She is incapable of working on the farm and likes to string bags to occupy her time. She makes $11 a month doing 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.]