Hans Mattson's First Winter in Minnesota
He spent most of his Winter in Red Wing Minnesota.
Mattson chopped firewood for all the steamboat engines and stoves. So they could travel the Mississippi River.
Mattson and his brother in laws traveld to their land to chop down trees so they had enough for a log cabin for the spring.
The 3 men set out with two others and some horse pulling a sleigh.
The tempature was very cold when they started. Over night it got even worse, the men now know how dangerously cold it can get overnight in Minnesota.
Towards the end of the winter when the ice was breaking and melting Mattson would go to town and stocked up on smoled ham, flour, molasses, coffee, salt, and sugar. Mattson carried his muchandise back to the small log cabin. He and his other Sweden people had survived their first harsh winter in Minnesota.