Tobacco Bag Stringing
Myrtle Kirkman

MRS. MYRTLE KIRKMAN, Spray, North Carolina, age 30, has two children: J.D. 8 years. Melroy 2 years.

INCOME: Mrs. Kirkman's husband works in Spray mill doing part time work and averaging about $7 a week.

HOME CONDITIONS: The family rents a home of 4 rooms at $8 a month but has been unable to meet the payments being over $200.00 behind. All of the husband's income goes for paying grocery bill, insurance (which amounts to $3 a month). Bag stringing, which she enjoys doing brings her about $6 a month and all goes in paying back rent. She states that this work will be necessary if she is to keep the family going. It never interferes with her house work or tending of the children.

[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.]