Tobacco Bag Stringing
Mrs. Jenkins

JENKINS, 23 W. 9th St. South Richmond, Va.; age 67; widow and has two infant grandchildren living with her.

INCOME: One granddaughter works and gives her $5 a week and she rents the second floor of her house, but the rent only pays her taxes; she has no other income except money made by stringing bags.

HOME CONDITIONS: She has three rooms of the house for herself. The whole house is in need of repairs which she can't afford. Her rooms are poorly furnished but well kept. She has a radio. Can't afford to insure the house. Groceries are $5 a week, lights $1.20 a month, and water 66 cents a month. Taxes are about $100 a year and so is income for renting part of house. She has been stringing for three years and is unable to do any other work. She makes $11.50 a month, this money enables her to keep off relief. She uses some of it for her light and water bills.

[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.]