Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Fidell Shepard

MRS. FIDELL SHEPARD, married and has 3 children. Reddis [sic] River, N.C.

INCOME: Husband works for P.W.A. 16 days a month for $24. He h as to spend $4 of his salary to pay for his transportation to work.

EXPENSES: Spends all he makes on food and owes the doctor about $12. He also owes money to his father who runs a store. They cannot afford anything for clothes.

HOME CONDITIONS: House has three rooms and there is an acre of land around it. They raise a little for their food and they get their wood from their father's land. The house is new but is not well kept. They have been in debt for a long time and not able to get ahead. They own a cow, pig, 10 chickens. She can string 500 bags a day. They would have a hard time getting along without this money.

[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.]