David Johnson, right, is
pictured with Edgar Hetteen at the Polaris 30th Anniversary in Roseau,
During the winter of 1955 David Johnson constructed what was
thought to be a rudimentary snow machine by business partner Edgar Hetteen.
Little did they know that they would start the beginning of a multi billon
This first snow machine built by Johnson and was dubbed with the
name of "Number 1" was sold to a Pete Peterson who owned a lumber yard across
the street. Peterson was known for his uncanny ability to break things and would
provide a good test pilot for the new Motor Toboggan. As time progressed and
more machine built the names of the machines would started as Sno-Cats, Pol-Cats
and finally Sno Travelers. The later name would stick until the mid 1960's.
Five machines were built that first winter and then the thoughts
of dealerships for the machines came into place.