Tobacco Bag Stringing
Pearl McBride

MCBRIDE, MRS. PEARL, aged 43, widow, North Wilkesboro, N.C. Children: Belna, aged 15. Murrell, aged 13. Elmore, aged 10. Diana, aged 8. Rosalie, aged 17. She also takes care of her aged nother-in-law [sic].

INCOME: She receives $12 per month from the Government for her dependent children.

HOME CONDITIONS: They own a three room home but have to rent the land consisting of 10 acres, one third of its produce being given the owner as rent. The house is fairly well furnished and kept in a very neat order. Bag money, which amounts to about $6 a month all goes for buying food and clothes. She states that she is in too poor health to be able to do any other work than bags since she is confined to her home most of the time. She also states that she does not know what they will do if the bags are taken away.

[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.]