Welcome to Thomson, Illinois, where the river meets the town. Situated along the banks of the great Mississippi, where you can pull up a chair, watch the sun go down and dip your toes into the mighty Mississippi river, all in one place.


The Thomson Sesquicentennial Committee held their last meeting November 4, and discussed the final events for the “Year to Remember”. Faithful members discussed the Halloween Party and the prizes awarded from the Committee.  Appreciation was expressed to Beth Balk and LouAnn Hoch for the fine job in organizing and feeding over 200 participants at the Fire Station with the help of the Fire and Police Department.  Games and a cake walk were sponsored by the group with cakes provided by the Thomson Women’s Club and others.  Free wristband were given to all and shirts were given to lucky winners by the Sesquicentennial Committee and a final merchandise sale was held. Best Parade entry went to the West Carroll Band who marched in costume; best telephone pole decoration was won by T.A.C.O; and best lawn decoration went to Tom and LouAnn Hoch.  Best pumpkin grown from seed given by Bim and Deb McGinnis was won by Julie Lindstrom.  An adult bonfire was enjoyed after the party with Steve and Tina Wilkinson and Steven and Julie Lindstrom hosting the blaze with the help of the Thomson Fire Department.  Grant Stiles provided instrumental music.

The Carroll Jo Daviess chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in conjunction with the Thomson American Legion and the Sesquicentennial are hosting a tribute to Thomson Veterans with special emphasis on the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam Conflict. The committee will provide the cake and servers.  The event is open to the public and will be held at the American Legion in Thomson from 1-4 p.m.

Discussion was held on the Festival of Trees with the library hosting the event on December 12th from 2-4 p.m. in conjunction with the Christmas festival.  Information to be published in the local papers.   Additionally, caroling will be held that afternoon starting at 4 p.m. with participants meeting at the Fire Station.  The strolling carolers will end at Casey’s with free refreshments and cookies.

The time capsule was displayed by Co-chair Lawrence Bruckner who stated that it had been generously donated by Law Jones Funeral Home.  The time of the burial of the capsule was set for December 12th at 1:30 P.M. by the flagpole in the newly named Thomson Lions Club Park adjacent to the York Township Public Library on Main St.  The capstone is being donated by Kin Stoneworks of Clinton, IA.

-Submitted by Luanne Bruckner (edited for length)



Vicky Trager - Village President