Last Friday evening former Thomson Company employees were reunited at the Thomson Depot.
This has become an annual event and is set for the second Friday in August of next year.
For many years Thomson Company was a leading economic force in this area. When it came to Thomson in 1936 conditions here were pretty bleak. According to the late Mr. Willis Bohler, "there wudn't no money."
When the pants factory opened the starting wage was 9 cents per hour. One of the first employees, the recently deceased and much lamented Mrs. Leona Dent said "we were making money."
It is said that the local ladies didn't care for the fresh, young belles coming in from the countryside and competing for their menfolk.
As the years went by the company grew and prospered. Then changing economic conditions eventually caused its closing. Offshore labor attracted investors and once again, the sewing industry relocated.
Now the building stands deserted and decaying, much to the dismay of its surviving employees.
The company spirit remains strong. At the reunion the first order of business was a covered dish supper. Thomson Co. has some good cooks and their talents wereİmuch in evidence. Mr. Don Newsome, our vice-president, presided over a Thomson Company event once again. We had great fun when many door prizes were awarded.
Plans were announced for next year. Mrs. Margaret Thompson volunteered to be chairman of next year's event. This was a very meaningful event to all of us who remained firmly bonded after all these years. We strongly urge those who didn't make it this year to make plans now to come next year.