Tobacco Bag Stringing

WILLIS, MRS. BERTIE; widow, aged 57; five children, all of whom are married and living away from home; resides at 525 North 21st St. Richmond, Va.


HOME CONDITIONS: She has been living with her daughter, Mrs. L.A. Palmer for about one year. Prior to this time she supported herself entirely on her income from stringing bags, which amounts to about $7.00 per month. Her daughter has eight children, all at home or in school. The daughter's husband's work is very irregular and the income is not known. However, she states that they are hardly able to take care of her and the eight children. She is attempting to find outside work at present. The money she earns from bag stringing pays for her clothes and insurance. She feels that this income is indispensable. Her daughter said that Mrs. Willis has a tendency to worry and brood and finds that this work is a great help in keeping her mind occupied. Unfortunately Mrs. Willis cannot get as many bags as she is capable of stringing, as the tobacco industry does not demand production of sufficient bags to take care of all the stringers desiring this work.

[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.]