Tobacco Bag Stringing
Susie Martin

MARTIN, MRS. SUSIE: aged 55; married; resides in Spray, N.C. Children: Russell, aged 22. He and his wife live with her.

INCOME: The son works part time in the Spray mill, making $6.50 per week when he is working. His reason for working part time is due to poor health. During the past year he only worked about six months out of the year.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent their home at $12.00 a month. It is very scantily furnished but neatly kept. The money received from bags which amounts to $6.00 per month is spent on food and clothes. She has been unable to meet her grocery bill since the bags have been discontinued temporarily and has had to go in debt. She feels that it will be impossible to run the home on her son's present income since it is only part time work. Sickness also requires frequent medical attention, but she is unable to have a doctor because of the expense. She finds that the bag work is enjoyable and does not have to neglect her house work to do them.

[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.]