Tobacco Bag Stringing

WALKER, MRS. NANCY, aged 36, married, North Wilkesboro, N.C. Children: Yudy, aged 16. Hattie, ages 12. Corday, aged 9. Russell, aged 8. Billy Jo, aged 6. Shelby Jean, aged 3. One infant. Mrs. Walker's brother, Freeman Walker and sister, Sarah Walker live with them.

INCOME: The husband works on WPA road work earning $12.80 a month, working only two weeks out of the month. Mr. Walker's sister has been in very ill health for the past four years and is in need of medical attention but has not been able to afford it. Freeman is also in ill health and unable to work.

HOME CONDITIONS: They own a five room home and 18 acres of land, only four acres suited for cultivation. The house is very crudely built and has practically no furniture in it all, but is kept very clean. The husband's income is all spent on food and clothes, which, at the present, is not sufficient for their needs. The bag money, amounting to about $10 a month also goes for food. Mrs. Walker was sick in bed with flu, but has not been able to have a doctor. She states that it will be necessary for her sister to have medical attention immediately and will have to rely on the bag money to pay for the doctor's services.

[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.]