As the crown jewel of the Richard Family Estate, the UFO Team was lucky to get access to this previously unknown and undocumented item. Hiding amongst other books and papers, this UFO escaped close scrutiny until last June of 2006 when, by chance, it was discovered amidst other family artifacts. The archaeological dig revealed countless items of import, but this was ranked as one of the top ten items to be researched. Unfortunately the UFO Team has limited language skills and only one contact for translating the foreign language inscribed on the Gordemodre UFO (and she is currently occupied translating other artifacts in her limited free time). Please contact us if you are willing to translate Norsk, Nynorsk, Bokmal, or other dialects from Norway into English (i.e. translate Norwegian into English).
The Gordemodre UFO is, simply put, a book in tatters. The cover is not attached, the corners are bent, missing, or half-eaten by mice, and the pages are torn, stained, or missing. The title page is intact, as is the front cover; both in good enough condition to read, photograph, and document.
There are hand written notes inside the front cover. You can view the photos below to read them and their rough translations.
Olava (Hanson) Richard was born in Norway in 1846 and immigrated to the United States (via Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin) in 1873. She moved to Detroit, Michigan and married William Richard in the same year. She had two sons (William Olaff and Benjamin R.) and ended up spending the rest of her life with her family in central Nebraska. She had a stroke in 1916 and died in 1924.
What her role was in the community is limited to legal records that show she owned land, received mail from Norway and New Jersey, and was subpoenaed at least once. If she was a mid-wife or acted in some similar capacity, it is still undetermined. The only data implying she held such a role is family rumor and myth. Circumstantial evidence (this book and the Jean Mette UFO) supports this rumor, but nothing has been confirmed by the UFO Team.
- Norwegian English Dictionary, Einar Haugen, Ph. D. (ed), Copyright 1967, The University of Wisconsin Press.
- Numerous facts were gathered from the private Richard Family Estate collection. These facts span numerous sources of information and contain genealogical data, photos, and newspaper articles.