Autobiography (490 pp.) of Hayes describing his childhood, education, teaching experience in rural Ala. schools, service in France during World War I, work in the U.S. Postal Service, nervous breakdown, hospitalization, treatment and recovery. Also discusses Hayes family history and views on race, segregation and states rights. Repository holds autographed typescript.
A native of Tallapoosa Co., Ala., Hayes taught in rural Ala. schools for several years preceding World War I. In 1917 May he enlisted in Co. I, 167th U.S. Infantry, 42nd Rainbow Division and served in France during the war. From 1919-1940 Hayes worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Tex. and Fla. In 1940 Hayes suffered a nervous breakdown and received treatment for his mental illness in various Veterans Administration hospitals. He was released in 1945 after sucessful electroshock treatments. Hayes was later employed as a bookkeeper and secretary.