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A Brief Family History

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How we all got here...

Our branch of the family settled in and around St. James, Ascension, Assumption, and Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes in Louisiana. Life was hard and gainful employment consisted mostly of ship building, agriculture, fishing and trapping.

During the 1920's and early 30's the Bayou Lafourche-Terrebonne Parish area was a fast-growing community. Times were hard and most people worked farms and the sugar cane fields. Donner's main employment was provided by the local sawmill, and I remember my Dad, Ernest Dubois, telling me how he'd spend his days waist deep in the swamp felling and hauling out cypress trees through the trenoss for Norman & Breaux timber company.

At that time Donner offered a school, post office, pharmacy & physician, barber shop, large general store, Protestant Church, ice cream parlor, silent movie theater, outdoor pavilian, and a golf course. Travel long distances was difficult, but once a week, on Sunday, the "Excursion" pulled into the train depot. It departed Donner early in the morning for New Orleans and Lafayette, and returned about 5 p.m.

In the late 1930's the school closed and one by one the cultural amenities of the times disappeared. Donner, like so many other small towns of the times, became a "bend in the road" on the way to larger towns like Morgan City, New Orleans and Lafayette.

List of Surnames Found on our family tree:

DuBois - Valois - Darce - Michel - Molaison - LeBlanc - LeBoeuf - Boudreaux - Thibodeaux - Arceneaux - Bourgeois - Billings - Benoit - Hebert - Pennison - Ronquille - Rogers - Henry - Ayo - Melancon - Hutchins - Hobbs - Smith - Luckett - Hyles - Galvan - Pierce - Bourque - Goodwin - Contrainchis

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