Tobacco Bag Stringing

WILLIS, MRS. HELEN; married, but separated from husband, no children; aged 32, resides at No. 712 N. 26th St., Richmond, Virginia.


HOME CONDITIONS: She has been separated from her husband for several years and receives nothing form him. She lives with her mother and father. Father works on WPA, receiving $39.20 per month. There were three brothers and a sister living with her parents also, and none of these were employed. The house is neatly kept and fairly well furnished. Mrs. Willis does all the housework. She states that the bags do not interfere at all. The rental of this house of six rooms amounts to $12.50 a month; groceries $28.00, and electricity $3.00 per month. Mrs. Willis earns about $6.00 a month on bags, some of which goes to her father fro food and the rest being used for personal necessities. She had to drop her insurance policy as she was unable to keep it up. Her income from bag stringing is absolutely necessary and she will have to have other relief if it is discontinued in homes, as her father cannot support the family on his present income.

[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.]