Tobacco Bag Stringing
Lessie Griffin

GRIFFIN, MRS. LESSIE; aged 48, married, resides in Spray, N.C. Children: Irene, aged 27, works part time in Spray mill. Lena, aged 25. Effie, aged 24. Marion, aged 17. Mary, aged 14. Maxine, aged 11. Dorine, aged 11. Billy, aged 6.

INCOME: Irene earns about $14.50 when she works full time.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent a six-room house at $12.00 a month. The house has electricity, which costs about $1.80 a month. All the money earned on bags is spent for doctor's bill. This income amounts to about $20.00 a month. The husband had a stroke of paralysis about one year ago and requires frequent medical attention. He is confined to his bed. She states that the medicine cost is around $7.00 a week. All of the money earned by Irene goes for food and clothes. She says that it will be impossible to have the required medical attention for her husband if the bags are taken away. The house is very crowded and disorderly. The children wear very scanty clothes. The insurance, which amounts to about $3.50 a month is paid out of the bag money.

[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.]