Tobacco Bag Stringing
Grace Johnson

JOHNSON, MISS GRACE, lives with her father and mother and 6 brothers and sisters. She is 28 years old. They reside at Hunting Creek, Wilkes Co., N.C.

INCOME: They raise practicall [sic] all their needs and are able to sell some of their crops. She says that they have no other income. Groceries cost $3.50 a week including feed for the cattle. The taxes are $18.00 a year.

HOME CONDITIONS: The house has seven rooms and there are 150 acres of land. They have 2 cars, a truck, 3 cows, 2 mules, 5 pigs and some chickens. The house is in good condition and the land is richer than other land in this section. This family is quite well off in comparison to their neighbors. She has been stringing for 5 years and makes $10.00 or $11.00 a month. She only does this work to make a little extra money for herself. She likes it and it has never affected her health.

[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.]