Tobacco Bag Stringing

TYREE, MRS. AGNES, 51 years of age; married, has three children; resides at 2905 Williamsburg Avenue, Richmond, Virginia. Children: Henry, aged 22; employed by W.P.A. Paul, aged 15; unemployed. Alice, aged 14, in school. Her husband is a mental invalid, not capable of working. He has been out of the State of Virginia for eight years.

INCOME: Henry, the oldest child, receives $39.20 per month.

HOME CONDITIONS: She rents a house of five rooms for $10.00 a month. These room have practically no furniture and are very dirty and disorderly. All rooms unheated except the kitchen has a stove. There is also a stove in the front room but it is only used a night after supper. She spends $24.00 a month for groceries; $2.00 for electricity, and $3.60 for insurance. She states that when medicine and medical aid is needed money obtained from the stringing of cotton bags is indispensable. By doing this work in odd moments she earns about $5.00 a month. Cannot always get bags when desired. The two children at home were poorly clad and unkempt in appearance. She states that bag stringing sometimes makes her nervous but she must have it for food and necessities. Outside help will be needed if bag stringing in the home be discontinued.

[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.]