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Former Thomson Company employees set for reunion

Way back in 1953 I graduated from high school in Warrenton and found myself on the job market and unprepared.

For anyone in my deprived situation there was only one place to go and that was Thomson Company.

I brought to the job market only my youth, inexperience, and an aversion to hard work. I went to Thomson Company to apply and saw a sign that said "Receiving Room." In my ignorance I thought that was the same as Reception Room and went all the way around the building looking for it. After fi nding the right place to apply, I fi lled out an application and waited a couple of weeks until I was called.

They put me to work making waistbanding, which I did for a number of years. My fi rst supervisor was Mary Hammond, and she was a good one.

After what seemed like an eternity, I became a supervisor myself. My department was the commissary, or in the vernacular, thread room.

This where sorts of items were purchased and stored until needed. We had buttons, tickets, zippers, waistbanding, and more buttons.

As the years went by, garment industry became more and more oriented toward overseas labor. Cheap labor brought the company here in 1936. In a glacially slow manner it went countries like Jamaica, Haiti and Mexico.

After some 60 years in business in Thomson, the plant was closed. Thomson Company people remain bonded after all these years.

On Friday, Aug. 13th there will be a reunion at the Thomson Depot of all those who ever worked there. It will be a covered dish supper. Everyone who ever worked there is invited and welcome to bring a guest.

The time will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Please bring any pictures or other memorabilia to share.

Web posted on Thursday, August 5, 2004

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