Introduction to Lynch Clan

My Lynch ancestors from Ireland came to America in 1848. The group included my Grandfather James Lynch and his five siblings, ages 10 to 18, who sailed without their parents to New York City. Soon they were living in a tenement house in Massachusetts working in a textile mill. From there they gradually migrated west. This blog will contain information gathered by my mother, Hazel Lynch Skonberg from her father, giving details of the trip over and life in America. There is also a diary written by his son, Will Lynch, who was with the American Consular Service of the State Department, and was taken hostage on Dec. 8, 1941, by the Japanese Army who had captured Shanghai that day. I hope you enjoy this blog about the James Lynch family in America.
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary Day 2

Dec. 9, 1941. Tuesday, 2nd Day in Detention.
         Have told Chan, my "Boy". to camp in my flat, just across street in Hamilton House.  Sent a friend over to get a needle and thread and ASPRO (asperin).  Had put on heavy winter suit and keys had last year worn a hole in pocket, right side.  No news, except lousy propaganda, and U.S. Navy wise acts at Honolulu.  Seems U.S. Navy got caught with its "pants down".  Wet and rainy.  
     We hope our captors will relent and let us walk around outside--unless some damn fool "patriot" in U.S.A. goes amuck and hurts some Jap.  Local newspapers much reduced.  China Press and N.C.D. News suppressed.  News shows that USS OKLAHOMA and another got bombed  and sunk at Pearl Harbor.
     All British and Americans are to be required to register with Japanese military.  Played cards.  Played Hinke for a beer but he took a cocktail at 7:70 vs. 1.65!  Never again with him.
     Haven't been able to return to my flat, darn it, but friends report all is well.
     My whiskers grow but I vow I won't shave "for the duration".
     Confinement and no work is tiring and irksome.  One fellow, Brookhart, stepped out on hotel entrance and a Jap. guard was immediately at his side.
     US $ was reported at Ch. $11.50 vs CH. $30.00 on Sat., Dec 6, 1941.
     Jap. flags are on American Club, about a block away.

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