Tobacco Bag Stringing
Flossie Clary

CLARY, MRS. FLOSSIE, aged 42, married, North Wilkesboro, N.C. Children: Norma, aged 17.

INCOME: The husband works on W.P.A. road work. This work employs men two weeks out of each month but Mr. Clary finds it impossible for him to work but one week out of the month since he has to tend to the farm.

HOME CONDITIONS: The house they occupy is entirely unfit for housing purposes being in a dilapidated state. It is impossible to heat it in cold weather. They have about 30 acres of land located on the side of a mountain, only 2 acres being suited for raising crops. The rest has been practically washed away. They own neither the house nor the land, both being taken over by the county because they were unable to pay taxes for the past three years. The property has been offered for sale three times but has not been sold so far, it being practically worthless. Mrs. Clary had flu about 2 years ago which has left her in ill health. She is very much in need of medical attention but cannot afford it. She states that the income from the bags pays for all the clothes and a good deal of the food. Since the bags have been temporarily discontinued, she has been unable to buy any clothes at all.

[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.]