Tobacco Bag Stringing

ALLEN, MRS. JENNIE, married; three children; aged 71. All children are married and live out of town except one daughter, with who she and her husband live. Her husband is 80 years of age.


HOME CONDITIONS: She and her husband live with her daughter, Mrs. Lillian Shurm, whose husband is an employee of The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company. His salary is not known but he gives Mrs. Shurm $90.00 per month on which to run the house. Mr. Shurm feels that he is able to board her and her husband and pay the insurance but is unable to clothe them and take care of their personal necessities. She feels that she must help take care of herself and finds bag stringing enjoyable as well as helpful financially.

[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.]