Note: HAYES: TOWN FIRST KNOWN AS DUGAS PASTURE In the beginning Hayes was known as DUGAS PASTURE, or La Savanne des Dugas. It was named for Dugas, a cattle grazer from Andrus Cove, who discovered this bountiful pasture land ideal for grazing his wild cattle. They could be kept here without supervision because the area was bounded on the east by the Lacassine Bayou, on the north and west by swamp, and on the south by marsh. Eloi Primeaux of Hayes, who�s done extensive research on this area says, there is no recorded history on the Dugas family, except that they were Acadians, migrating to Louisiana in about 1755, and settling at AndrusCove, two miles northeast of Lake Arthur. They had large herds of cattle. Dugas did not want settlers to come into this area because they�d ruin his good cattle and his pastureland. He managed to keep them off, until Thomas Hayes came along. It is believed that Dugas may have died about that time. Thomas Hayes� ancestor - William Hayes - came to Louisiana some times before 1784 from Halifax , PA, and settled in St. Landry parish. In 1832 Thomas Hayes moved into Dugas Pasture to become the first white settler there. He married Mary Ann Foreman, from Andrus Cove, and they settled near the Lacassine Bayou. Hayes' great-great granddaughter, Mrs. Tom Taylor of Lake Charles tells of a near tragedy the Hayes suffered shortly after moving to Dugas Pasture. "Thomas Hayes was gravely ill with typhoid fever. There were no neighbors, and no doctors. Their child -Paren - was just a toddler. "Mrs. Hayes knew she had to leave to get help for her critically ill husband, so she tied the young toddler to the bedstead, put out plenty of food and water for him, and left. Crossing the Lacassine Bayou in a pirogue, she then used a horse to travel about tifteen miles through the isolated, unsettled territory to the Andrus Cove Ferry on the Mermentau. James Andrus took her to his home by flatboat. Then he got William Holland To ride to Crowley To find a doctor . Two days later the group got back to the Hayes home where they found Thomas Hayes still alive and recuperating from his battle with typhoid. The young child - Paren - who'd been tied to the bedstead, was dirty, and crusty, and upset. But he was physically alright. Nola Mae Wittler
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