Tobacco Bag Stringing
E.L. Hayes

MISS E. L. HAYES, aged 36, lives with her father, aged 82. Resides at Hunting Creek, Wilkes Co., N.C.

INCOME: She is crippled and can do no work, and her father can only farm a little. Their only income is rent from some of their land.

EXPENSES: Food costs them about $3.50 a week. Taxes are $6 a year.

HOME CONDITIONS: The house has 4 rooms and there are 60 acres of land. They own a cow, 2 pigs, and a few chickens. They are able to live comfortably. Although their income is small, their expenses are few, and they do not have to string bags for their living. She has been stringing for 5 years and only makes $1.75 a week as she strings very little. This work has never bothered her and gives her a small income of her own.

[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.]