Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. J.C. Shepard [Jesse Lee Shepherd]

MRS. J. C. SHEPARD [Jesse Lee Shepherd], 24, married and has three children. Her husband is 30. Resides at Reddis [sic] River, N.C.

INCOME: Husband works for P.W.A. 16 days a month for $24. He also owns a store that issues bags and farms a little. Profit on the store is about $20 a month, half of which comes from bags.

EXPENSES: Owes $160 on goods in his store. His taxes are about $21 a year, and he has no other expenses because he gets all his supplies from the store.

HOME CONDITIONS: They live in the back of the store, which is new. They own 30 acres of land but only farm 6 acres. He gets his wood on his place. He owns a small truck, a cow, 2 calves, one hog, and a few chickens. His bag agency brings business to his store because he pays for stringing with goods from the store. He family does not do much stringing for themselves.

[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.]