Hans Mattson was a swedish immagrant. he mostly just chopped firewood to fuel engines for a steamboat.
Hans and his brother-in-law decided to travel to the land they had claimed.
They wanted to chop down trees to build a house in the spring.
They set out with two other men and a team of horeses pulling a sleigh.
The temperature was 40 degrees below at one piont. In order to keep warm you had to run behinde the sleigh.