Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. J.N. Godsey

GODSEY, MRS. J. N., 915 Ferry St., South Richmond, Va., aged 63, widow and lives with her son and daughter (who is divorced from her husband).

INCOME: Her daughter works but is unable to contribute to her support. Social Service Bureau gives her $16 a month and she has to support her son. She makes a little by doing house cleaning.

HOME CONDITIONS: She has one room for herself and her son. The house is in good condition and is well kept but there is no electricity and few conveniences. Groceries are $4 a week, pays her daughter $4 a month rent, coal oil is 60 cents a week and water is 33 cents a month. Insurance is 9 cents a week. Coal costs $1 a week during winter. She has been stringing bags for ten years and makes about $9.00 a month. Her health has never been affected by this work, and it enables her to live on her own. She uses most of the money to assist her son who is unemployed and cannot obtain relief.

[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.]