Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. R.A. Rash

MRS. R. A. RASH, Wilkes County, N.C., married twice and has no children.

INCOME: Husband has a steady job with the furniture factory at $11 a week. There is no other income except $1.75 a week from bags when she can get them. There is no rent since they own their hom [sic] and 8 acres of land. Electric bill is $175.00 a month. They use 2 tons of coal a winter at $4.00 for heat, and a load of wood a month at $15.0 for cooking. They raise most of their groceries and meat; only have to buy coffee, flour, sugar and feed for stock, which be almost entirely paid for with money earned from stringing.

HOME CONDITIONS: House has three rooms well furnished and kept. They have a radio and an electric refrigerator. They also have a cow, a calf, a hog and 16 chickens. They raise garden vegetables and a lot of corn. Husband has been working for 8 months and they seem to be well off. There is a well for water. She has been working on bags for 32 years. She likes it although she has rheumatism in her arms, and it tires her to do it steadily. She can do 500 bags a day. She doesn't like to be without them. Couldn't possible work in a factory.

[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.]