Tobacco Bag Stringing
Phoebe Wood

WOOD, MRS. PHOEBE; aged 38; married, seven children; resides in Wilkes County, N.C. Children: Dorothy, aged 16. Henry, aged 14. Rosalie, aged 12. Ruth, aged 10. DeLoss, aged 7. Roger, aged 6. Lawrence, aged 2.

INCOME: Husband works on PWA or WPA road work relief. Earns $12.80 every two weeks. Only two weeks are working in a month.

HOME CONDITIONS: Own a two-room shack and ten acres of land, only three acres being suitable for cultivation. Raise a small crop of corn, potatoes, cane, peas, and beans. Have two cows and eight chickens. Rooms very neatly kept and clean but just a loosely constructed shack not high enough for a man to stand up in. Newspapers kept the air form coming in between the wallboards. Husband has very bad stomach trouble, sometimes falling out on the job. They cannot afford the services of a doctor. Bag money would enable him to buy medicine for this trouble, she says. She loves bag stringing and earns about $12.00 a month at it. This money is absolutely necessary in order they exist. She makes the children's clothes from material bought with bag money. She finds time to help on the farm, do housework and still work on the bags.

[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.]