Tobacco Bag Stringing
Roxy Tedder

MRS. ROXY TEDDER, Wilkes County, N.C., married and has 6 your children. Both husband and wife are in their thirties.

INCOME: The only actual cash income besides a little relief, which they do not admit, is money made by stringing bags. A Dr. Herbert owns the farm and the husband works out the rent in his orchard.

EXPENSES: The only expenses are for food that they can't raise and clothes. The family is almost self-sufficient. They are of the economic status of "share-croppers".

HOME CONDITIONS: Although they have no modern conveniences or comforts and just live simply and frugally, they are not in debt, and their needs are satisfied. The house and farm are in good condition, and they raise most of their food. Water is obtained at a spring and the wood they use for fuel is taken off the land. The house is small but there is enough room. They own 2 horses, 1 hog and 10 hens. The only actual cash this family gets is bag money. She can do 5000 a week with her housework and without harming herself in any way. This money buys almost everything that they have to pay cash for. She couldn't possible string bags anywhere but in her home.

[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.]