Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Samuel Stayley

STAYLEY, MRS. SAMUEL, has five children living at home. She is 83 years old and her husband is 84. They reside at Reddies River, Wilkes Co., N.C.

INCOME: The whole family works on the farm and they make just enough to live on. They income from farming is enough to buy all their needs. Taxes are $14.00 a year. Their grocery bill is $3.00 a week.

HOME CONDITIONS: The house has 3 rooms and there are 92 acres of land. They own a horse, 2 cows, 2 hogs, and quite a few chickens. The house is in pretty good condition. The old man is crippled but all the rest of the family are able to work on the farm. They have been stringing bags for 5 years and make about $20.00 a month. This is about the only cash income that they have and they need it right badly to buy things that they can't raise.

[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.]