Tobacco Bag Stringing

MRS. ETHEL GRIFFIN, married, one child 21 years mentally defective, 3011 E. Clay St., Richmond, Va.

INCOME: Husband words on WPA at $50.00 a month.

HOME CONDITIONS: Rent a five room house at $20.00 a month. She keeps it orderly and clean. The food bill runs about $35 a month; gas and electricity $5 and life insurance $3 a month. The husband is in ill health and needs frequent medical attention. This means that the money that would be spent for food and clothes has to go to the doctor. She says that the money she earns from stringing bags is a wonderful help. This amounts to around $7 a month. She says she will need other help if the bags are taken away but will be unable to leave the home because of her helpless daughter. She finds that the bags help her take her mind off her worries and does not interfere with her other duties.

[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.]