Tobacco Bag Stringing
Fannie Bowers

BOWERS, MRS. FANNIE, aged 43; widow, North Wilkesboro, N.C. Children: Glenn, aged 27. Edgar, aged 14. Raye, aged 13. Earl, aged 12. June, aged 7.

INCOME: She receives $12.00 a month from the government for dependent children.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent a three-room house, and forty acres of land, ten acres being tended. Mrs. Bowers is in poor health and states that she should have a doctor but cannot possible afford it. All the money earned on bags and that received from the State is spent on food and clothes. The bag money amounts to about $10.00 a month. Since they have been discontinued temporarily she has had to go in debt in order to buy food. They have no stock at all. The house is kept very neat and clean, but it is very scantily furnished. Mrs. Bowers enjoys doing this work and states that she does not know what they will do if the bags are taken away.

[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.]