Tobacco Bag Stringing
Betty Lyons

LYONS, MRS. BETTY, age 63, married, North Wilkesboro, N.C. Children: Mrs. Lyons has one child, Faye McKann, age 32 who is married and living with her husband at home.


HOME CONDITIONS: They rent a 6 room house and 160 acres of land, only 12 acres are worked, the rest being marginal and timberland. They own a cow and a few chickens which keep them supplied in eggs and milk. The husband is in ill health and has also been in bed about two months with phneumonia [sic] and pleurisy. He should have medical attention, but Mrs. Lyons states that they could not afford it. Bag stringing being their only source of income, is all spent on food and clothes. This income amounts to about $10 a month but is not sufficient to take care of food, clothes, and seeds, etc. necessary to run a farm. Her son-in-law has been unable to locate any work and she and her husband are too old to do any other work except on the farm. They will be unable to exist if they bags are taken away from them.

[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.]