Tobacco Bag Stringing
Martha Belton

MRS. MARTHA BELTON, Spray, North Carolina, age 69, has one child 27 years of age who lives at home.

INCOME: Anna, the daughter, works in the Spray mill doing part time work and earning about $5 or $6 a week. Mrs. Belton gets $12 per month on the old age pension.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent a house at $18 a month. The home is fairly well furnished and neatly kept. The money earned from the bags which amounts to $10 a month is spent on food and doctor's bills. She and her husband are both in very poor health, and have gone in debt with a doctor, being unable to meet the bills. Mrs. Belton has to have special food which makes their grocery bill rather high. They daughter, Anna, is in bad health and really should not work, having had two operations during the past year. She states that the bags are a wonderful help and says that they will have to have other relief if they are taken away. She enjoys doing them as it helps occupy her mind.

[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.]