Tobacco Bag Stringing
Lelia Adams

MRS. LELIA ADAMS, married, age 41, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, has three children whose names are; Rosemary, 8 years; Kelly, 5 years; Betty, 2 years.

INCOME: The husband works on WPA work making $12.80 a month. He works only two weeks out of the month.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent a 2-room shack and one acre of land. They raise corn, potatoes, and other garden vegetables which takes care of about 1/2 of the food consumed by the family. All of the husband's income is spent on food. Mrs. Adams was sick in bed with flu and needed a doctor but said she could not afford one. She states that the money she earns from bags clothes herself and the children and helps buy food. This income amounts to about $5 a month. The children were clean but wore rather ragged clothes. The house was very clean but barely furnished. They own a cow and a few chickens, but they do not give enough milk and eggs to supply the family needs. Mrs. Adams is in rather poor health and is confined to the house a good deal of the time. She finds that bags help keep her mind occupied and does not interfere with her housework or children.

[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.]