Oregon Old Map
Oregon, USA
  • The Lewis and Clark Expedition traveled through the region also in search of the Northwest Passage. They built their winter fort at Fort Clatsop, near the mouth of the Columbia River.
    Overland exploration was also conducted by British explorer David Thompson.
  • In 1811, David Thompson, of the North West Company, became the first European to navigate the entire length of the Columbia River. Stopping on the way, at the junction of the Snake River, he posted a claim to the region for Great Britain and the North West Company. Upon returning to Montreal, he publicized the abundance of fur-bearing animals in the area.
  • Starting in 1842–1843, the Oregon Trail brought many new American settlers to Oregon Country. For some time, it seemed that Britain and the United States would go to war for a third time in 75 years (see Oregon boundary dispute), but the border was defined peacefully in 1846 by the Oregon Treaty. The border between the United States and British North America was set at the 49th parallel. The Oregon Territory was officially organized in 1848.
  • The Oregon state was admitted to the Union on February 14, 1859. Founded as a refuge from the disputes over slavery that were tearing apart other places in the United States, such as Kansas, Oregon had a "whites only" clause in its state Constitution at the time of its admission; the only state thus admitted.[16]
  • At the outbreak of the American Civil War, regular U.S. troops were withdrawn and sent east. Volunteer cavalry were recruited in California and sent north to Oregon to keep peace and protect the populace. The First Oregon Cavalry served until June 1865.
  • In 1902, Oregon introduced a system of direct legislation by the state’s citizens by way of initiative and referendum, known as the Oregon System. Oregon state ballots often include politically conservative proposals side-by-side with politically liberal ones, illustrating the wide spectrum of political thought in the state.
  • Industrial expansion began in earnest following the construction of the Bonneville Dam in 1933–1937 on the Columbia River. Hydroelectric power, food, and lumber provided by Oregon helped fuel the development of the West, although the periodic fluctuations in the U.S. building industry have hurt the state's economy on multiple occasions.

  • Map Portland

    Portland, Oregon, USA
  • The History of Portland, Oregon began in 1843 on the Willamette River in what was then called Oregon Country. In 1845 the name of Portland was chosen for this community and on February 8, 1851 the city was incorporated.
  • Portland existed in the shadow of Oregon City, the territorial capital 12 miles (19 km) upstream at Willamette Falls. However, Portland's location at the Willamette's confluence with the Columbia River, accessible to deep-draft vessels, gave it a key advantage over its older peer. It also triumphed over early rivals such as Milwaukie and Linnton. In its first census in 1850, the city’s population was 821 and, like many frontier towns, was predominantly male, with 653 male whites, 164 female whites and four “free colored” individuals. It was already the largest settlement in the Pacific Northwest, and while it could boast about its trading houses, hotels and even a newspaper—the Weekly Oregonian
  • Portland was the major port in the Pacific Northwest for much of the 19th century, until the 1890s, when direct railroad access between the deepwater harbor in Seattle and points east, by way of Stampede Pass, was built.
  • In 1905, Portland was the host city of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, a world fair. This event increased recognition of the city, which contributed to a doubling of the population of Portland, from 90,426 in 1900 to 207,214 in 1910. In 1915, the city merged with Linnton and St. Johns.
  • Apr 1, 1908 - The first policewoman hired in the United States was Lola Greene Baldwin, who was hired in Portland,Oregon on April 1.

    Valerie-Visarion TRAMBITAS Family - Portland (Valley TRAMBITAS alias Jimmy Darcy)

    "I was born in Bucharest, Roumania, on June 6, 1898, of a long ancestral line. Over six hundred years ago, as recorded in the family Bible in Roumania, the Trambitas family acquired its name....."
    Valerie's father (named Valer Trambitas) arrived in USA in 1906. The Trambitas family had arrived at Ellis Island (New York) in 1907, one year later, immigrating from Romania, South Transilvania. They were: Catherine-Pauline (Valerie's mother), Valerie (9yo) and his 2 younger brothers (Alex and John-Traian). They settled shortly thereafter in South Portland, OR., 203 W Burnside St.-click here to see the house.
    Valley Trambitas would turn to professional boxing after the death of his father left him as the sole supporter of his three brothers (Alex, John-Traian, George) and one sister (Lena).
    Valley Trambitas got married to his first wife when he was around 19 years old, but she passed away around a year later due to an illness. His second marriage was to 17 year old Elizabeth Kennedy when he was 21 years old. She was born in 1902 in Watertown, South Dakota. They lived in New York and had a farm in Portland for awhile.
    Valley Trambitas had 2 boys from his second marriage, Jack and Valeri (Larry). Valley Trambitas raised the boys when he and his wife got seperated. Valley Trambitas's son Larry went on to be a boxer also.
    Later in life, as a grandfather in 1946, Valley Trambitas wrote an autobiography. In 1955 he published the autobiography entitled "Boxing Record and Formula for Health and Happiness."
    He turned into a very religious man and the book focus on how to lead a healthy and happy life with Jesus, God, Faith and the Church.

    Valley TRAMBITAS - 1930 Letter

  • Valley Trambitas's license was revoked in October 1926 by the Portland Boxing Commission due to his eroded skills. Afterward his hometown was listed as Seattle (1927).
  • He was operating the White House Gym in Portland by 1930.
  • He planned a trip to New York to box out of the city in 1930. See this artifact.
  • His hometown subsequently became Bridgeport, Conn., as reported by some newspapers of the day. (1931-32)
  • He moved to Roseburg, Oregon and had opened a gym in the town by 1932.
  • He was a longtime longshoreman while fighting and afterwards, as well as a member of the Local 8 and ILWU.
  • Valley Trambitas had two sons Jack-Nicholas and Valeri (Larry) with his wife Elizabeth. They later divorced. Valley Trambitas then married Catherine. Both of their sons settled in the Juneau, Alaska, area. It is believed that both sons boxed and had professional careers, possibly with their uncle Alex in Los Angeles.

    Valerie-Visarion TRAMBITAS -The Boxing Man - alias Jimmy Darcy

    ".....About this time (1913 at age 15 selling newspapers) I joined a Newsboys Club, got myself a manager, and started learning all I could about boxing. I won my first fight--a four round decision-- at a picnic. I also won the Newsboys Championship at the Newsboys Club. From then on I boxed a great deal for 4 years, before I started earning enough in the fight game to earn a living. My brother Alex started (boxing) about a year after I did, and my brother Traian (known as Johnny) started three years later. They too, made good, but with the life they lived, they could not save money."

    "In 1917 I went to San Francisco to try my fistic powers. There I met Jack Dempsey for the first time, little dreaming that Dempsey was the coming Heavyweight Champion, and that some day I would fight him. I boxed with success the following five years on the Coast, winning the Pacific Coast Middleweight championship from Battling Ortego at Seattle in 1920, with a technical knockout in two rounds. In 1921 I recieved train tickets for my brother Alex and myself from Jack kearns, manager of Champion Jack Dempsey, and was told to use them to come to New York under his management."

    He fought as Valley Trambitas until early 1918, before changing his name to Jimmy Darcy in honor of the late Australian Middleweight Les Darcy. Trambitas had been moved by seeing Darcy's casket in San Francisco as it made its way back to Australia.
    Jimmy Darcy started boxing as a Welterweight and finished his career as a Heavyweight. He had his most success boxing as a Middleweight, where he was probably the best fighter in the Pacific Northwest of the United States at this weight during his peak.

    Trambitas's main asset as a fighter was his ability to absorb punishment. He did have a good right hand, with which he knocked down Harry Greb and Tommy Loughran, although he was not a big puncher by any means. He was known as having clumsy footwork in the ring, and was criticized by the local press in Portland for his awkward style. Despite his success, he never really caught on with the fans in Portland.
    In the spring of 1921 Darcy had moved to the New York area under the management of Jack Kearns, Jack Dempsey's former manager, along with his brother Alex. While on the East Coast he was a sparring partner for Jack Dempsey (1921-23).

    Darcy fought a four-round bout with Jack Dempsey for the World Title

  • 1922-07-24 : Jack Dempsey beat Jimmy Darcy by PTS in round 4 of 4. Location: Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
    New York State Athletic Commission World Heavyweight Title:
    "Jack Dempsey successfully defended his heavy weight championship last night for the first time since he won from Georges Carpentier at Jersey City, more than a year ago. Jimmy Darcy, a 'stable mate' of Dempsey’s was the opponent, and the champion received the decision after four rounds of boxing. Such is the information that reached here today from Buffalo, to find confirmation at the office of the New York Boxing Commission.
    Dempsey, originally carded to box an exhibition with three opponents at Buffalo last night, was confronted, just before entering the ring, with a telegram from the local office of the New York Boxing Commission, advising that he would be permitted to meet only one opponent, and that the bout must go to a decision. Jimmy Darcy, light heavy weight, who has been on tour with Dempsey for the last several days, was selected as the opponent.
    The champion took no chances on any adverse decision being given, the advices from Buffalo state, and boxed in a masterly fashion for the four rounds. At the conclusion the decision was his by a wide margin. At the office of the New York commission today, Secretary Harry Burchell said: 'Of course the bout had to be a decision. We had to see that the law was upheld. We make no distinction between exhibitions and regulation contests, according to law.'
    So Darcy has the distinction of having lasted longer with the champion than Georges Carpentier, Jess Willard, Ed (Gunboat) Smith or Carl Morris. Had Darcy landed a 'lucky' punch he would be the world’s heavy weight champion today." - San Francisco Chronicle -

    The following is a section from a Tommy Loughran article title "Champion" in a 1930's issue of "Fight Magazine".

    Because of his fine showing against Lopez, Loughran was brought back several weeks later against Jimmy Darcy. This fellow was a tough one. He had a reputation of knocking big men bow-legged in the Pacific Northwest, and had an unassailable belief that he was going to right-hand his way into the middleweight championship. So far as Darcy was concerned, the pale-skinned and good-looking Loughran was just another local idol to be dropped with a punch.

    Tom was getting into his trunks and fighting shoes when the Terror from the West banged into the adjoining dressing-room and began talking in a high and dangerous voice about what he intended doing to young Thomas patrick loughran. Since there was only a thin wall between, the Philadelphian could hardly fail to hear every word.

    "I want to get that eleven o'clock train back to New York," growled Darcey, "and the only way to do it without breaking my neck is to knock this Loughran stiff in the fiirst round. Watch me do it!"

    Tom looked quizzically at Joe Smith and elevated his eyebrows. That line was supposed to frighten him. wasn't it? Strangely enough he didn't seem in the least alarmed. Of course he had heard all about Darcy's right hand, but he had also absorbed Jim Corbett's theory which stresses the idea that only a sucker is ever hit with the right.

    Anyway, Tommy started to step around the caveman with a whirlwind of beautifully timed jabs. Darcy knew only one way to fight. That was to plow in and keepfiring his starboard guns. Bang! Bang! Like that, you know. Shoot a million. If one lands, it's enough. Jimmy missed about twenty in a row, and then--zowie! He cracked one on Tommy Loughran's chin and the Adonis was down on his hands and knees, an astounded look on his face. Jimmy said: "It looks like I'm going to get that eleven o'clock train, all right." And he said it loud enough for the words to penetrate Loughran's slightly fuzzy brain. "Oh, he is, is he?" thought Tom, the resin scraping his knees and his head feeling like a balloon. Darcy thought the fight was over now. It wasn't. It hadn't even started. The referee counted. Tommy settled himself on one knee and listened as a boy might to the admonition of a school teacher. He intended taking all the time allowed him. A knockdown is a knockdown, and it counts just as much against you if you take five or nine. When he stood upon his feet at last, he was cool and in full possession of his faculties. The smile had gone from his lips though. They were hard and tight and it made him look much older than his nineteen years. Darcy rushed, scowling. He was ready to add the finishing touch, and was certain that it would be accomplished with ease. He swung his right. Instead of landing, it sailed into the air, and his own head bobbed back under the impact of a Loughran jab.

    A half dozen more jabs followed in quick succession and a touch of crimson appeared on Jimmy's nose and mouth. He became infuriated at his lack of sucess. He fought harder and more wildly than ever. They had eight-round fights in Philadelphia in those days. For the next seven the nineteen year old Mr. Loughran outclassed his tough and burly foe. Tom's pride had been hurt by that trip to the canvas, and he was grimly set to making Darcy pay for the ignmary. He increased his lead with every passing second. he fought with coolness and judgement far in excess of his age. It might have been expected of such a kid that success would make him careless, but Tom had learned a lesson. He knew that Jimmy Darcy could hit, and he saw no good reason why he should let the Westerner land on him again.

    They went into a clinch at the beginning of the final round, and Tommy said: "It looks like your going to miss that eleven o'clock train, Jim." Darcy snarled, tore himself loose and let go a right-hander that barely missed the target. After the fight, when Loughran was in his dressing room, Jimmy came in and shook hands. "You're the greatest prospect I ever saw, kid." he said. "Darned if you didn't give me a boxing lesson tonight." "Thanks," said Tommy. "For a minute it did look as if you would get back to New York on time.

  • Valley Trambitas
    1913, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Valley TRAMBITAS (Jimmy Darcy)
  • Valley Trambitas
    Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Valley TRAMBITAS (Jimmy Darcy)
  • Valley Trambitas
    Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Valley TRAMBITAS (Jimmy Darcy)
  • Valley Trambitas
    Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Valley TRAMBITAS (Jimmy Darcy)
  • Elstad family
  • Elstad Family - 1918
  • Jack, Valerie, Vincent-Larry

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    Portland 1900-1930