Tobacco Bag Stringing

HODGES, MRS. JENNIE, aged 44; married; resided in Spray, N.C. Children: Grady, aged 11. Iris, aged 9. Melvin, aged 7. Albert, aged 16. Peggy, aged 4. Myrtle, aged 19 months. (All children except Peggy and Myrtle are in school.)

INCOME: The husband works in Spray mill at $12.00 per week.

HOME CONDITIONS: They rent a three-room house at $6.00 per month. Prior to about two weeks ago the husband was working only part time and was unable to meet the rent bill with which they are about $100 behind in. The groceries amount to around $3 or $4 a week, but she says that the food is insufficient for the children's needs. They were unable to pay the electric light bill so the electricity has been taken out. Bag money which amounts to $10.00 a month keeps the children clothed, their school supplies and lunches paid for and their insurance amounting to about $4.80 a month. The house is fairly well furnished and kept spotless and clean. She says that the bag stringing is only done in her spare time and that it never interferes with her house work. If the bags are taken away, she will have to have some other form of relief.

[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.]