Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Allen Billings

BILLINGS, MRS. ALLEN; aged 60, married, resides in North Wilkesboro, N.C. Children: All are married and living away from home except one, Faye who is 31 years of age and a mental invalid. She has a child living


HOME CONDITIONS: They rent a five-room house and six acres of land. The husband suffers from stomach trouble and is unable to work. He has been employed on WPA but his health was responsible for his discharge. He is in need of medical attention that cannot be afforded. They own nothing but a cow and a few chickens. She has a bad case of heart trouble and is unable to do any other kind of work other than the stringing of bags. The income earned from these bags amounts to around $5.00 a month. All food and clothes are bought with this money. The family will be unable to exist if the bag work is discontinued, as neither she nor her husband are able to do any other work.

[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.]