Hans Mattson's first winter in Minnestoa
By: Elizabeth Nguyen
Hans Mattson worked most of the the winter in Red Wing, chopping fireword.
In January 1854, Hans and S.I. Willard (his brother-in-law), decided to travel to the land they had claimed with two other men and a team of horses pulling a sleigh.
Hans Mattson and his brother-in-law chopped down some trees so they could build a house in the spring. The weather was mild at first, but overnight the temperature dropped. Hans Mattson and the others realized how dangerous a Minnesota's winter could be.
The temperature turned to 40 degrees below zero and it was a struggle for life. In order to stay warm they all took turns walking or running behind the sleigh.
When Mr. Willard took his turn he suddenly sat down in the snow and would not stir. When Hans and the others returned to him, it required a lot of persuasion to make him take his seat in the sleigh again.
Mr. Willard said he was comfortable, and he would soon catch up with Hans and the others agiain if we only would have left him alone. If we had followed his advice, he never would have left his cold seat again.