Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Eason

MRS. EASON, Wilkes County, N.C., widow lives with son who is married and has 3 children.

INCOME: Son has steady job with a glass factory and makes between $15 and $20 a week. This is the family's only income except what she makes stringing bags. Rent is $10.00 and electricity is $1.50 a month. Coal for the past winter was $12 and wood was about $32. Although they raise a little food, their grocery bill is nearly $50 a month.

HOME CONDITIONS: They have a nice house, well furnished and well kept. A radio and electricity are their only modern conveniences. Since they don't have a well they must get water from their neighbor's well. This family is well fixed in comparison to their neighbors. Mrs. Eason is the only one in the family who strings and she only does it to earn extra money and to occupy her time. She earns about $22.00 a month but thinks higher prices should be paid for 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.]