Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Rudy Shepard

MRS. RUDY SHEPARD, 64, married and has 8 children but only one of them lives with her. Husband is 68. Lives at Reddis [sic] River, N.C.

INCOME: Husband owns small store and is an agent for issuing bags to stringers. He makes enough from the store to live on. His bag agency doubles his income from the store.

EXPENSES: They get all their food from the store, therefore, they have very few expenses.

HOME CONDITIONS: They own a house with 3 rooms and 65 acres of land. Husband has high blood pressure and cannot work on the farm. His wife is not able to work either. They own one cow, a horse, about a dozen chickens and a hog. House is in bad shape and has no conveniences. She can string about 500 bags a day. This is the only work of any kind that she can do. The money she makes from this keeps them from going in debt. She does not feel contented unless she can do 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.]