Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Ellis

ELLIS, MRS. ; widow; aged 57; husband died six years age [sic]; resides in Wilkes County, N.C. Children: Rufus, aged 23, at home, unemployed. Claude, aged 20; works government park project at $20.00 per month. Noah, aged 10, in school. Yvonne, aged 17, at home. Minnie, aged 14, at home. Ted, aged 11, at home.

INCOME: Claude works on the government park project at $20.00 per month.

HOME CONDITIONS: Owns four-room house and fifty acres of land, ten acres of which is cultivated. They raise a little over half of what they consume, the rest being bought. They own two cows and some chickens, which supply the milk and eggs. The house is rather neat inside but is a very substantially built structure. Practically no furnishings at all. The children were clean and neatly dressed, as was the mother. She is very sickly, being confined most of the time to the house. She has been receiving medical attention for the past five years and has been paying for it with the money she earns from stringing bags. It will not be possible for them to eat and keep the farm going if the bags are discontinued. Bag stringing brings in about $12.00 per month. She says the bags keep her mind occupied when she has to stay in the house and she feels lost without them. She has been doing them for about twenty-five years.

[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.]