History of Urvold

See also the History of Bindalsbruk and Plahte’s properties.
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Urvold was an isolated farm till the road was built many years after the last family moved from there. The tenants at Urvold only had paths to walk on, about 10 km to Åbygda. But during summer-time, when they could row across Ureidvatn, they only had a short way to the fjord and to the farmers at Ureidet.

The last tenants to live here came from Reppen around 1912. Since then the farm Reppen has been abandoned. They were two brothers from Trøndelag, Bernhard and Jørgen Urvold, known for being very strong but modest men.

During WW I, some ore was to be carried from a prospect 2-3 km in the mountains in very hilly and difficult terrain down to a ship that was waiting in the fjord. Bernhard and Jørgen took on this job, and the burdens were weighed afterwards. Bernhard had carried 105 kg, his «little brother» Jørgen 95 kg. Bernhard told that he during the winter of 1917 drove 11.000 logs to the Urvold water system, and it took him two summers to get them floated down to the fjord

During WW II a dramatic event took place at Urvold. Some people from a resistancce cell (from company Linge) ran from the Germans after a battle with shooting at Majavatn. They took shelter in the farmhouse at Urvold, but the police deputy and his assistant got the message about this, and came there, to capture the resistance men. The resistance men were afraid to fall in the hands of the Germans, and shot both the deputy and his assistant and later managed to flee to safety in Sweden. While the old farmhouse was still standing there, on the site of the new cabin, you could see the holes from the bullets in the wall in the entrance hall and in the kitchen. The old farmhouse was taken down and rebuilt as shelters along the path in Terråkmarka, if you go up to Fugleburet you will see them. Not unlikely you might find the holes from the bullets in some of the logs.

The farm Ureidet lay at the outlet of the river into the fjord. The last tenants were Jørgen and Alvilde Urvold. During WW II they cut the hay in Reppen, 7-8 km away in hilly and difficult terrain for transport. They had no horse on the farm, and therefore had to drag the hay on a sledge when it was possible to cross the lakes on the ice. It is a mystery how they managed to take the sledge down the steep and difficult terrain with no paths, but they managed. During the war they had to take care of everything possible to survive.