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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Monday, September 26, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary Day 3

Dec. 10, 1941.   Wednesday.  3rd Day
     Heard Custom House clock strike 7 a.m.  Broke my vow and shaved, hot bath, and dressed.  Wonder what the day'll bring forth.
     3. p.m.  Several of us were "escorted" to Consulate offices to get personal belongings.  Two Japanese Consular officials (minors) and a booted and armed gendarme went along as guards. Broke seals to room 409 and to my safe.  Got my 65.00.  Back to Hotel by 5:00 p.m.
     Lost Casino to Collins  3-2.  Dinner at 8 p.m. in basement dining room, a sort of Rathskeller of a place.
     I've got Sydney Lafoon's LIFE for Oct. 6, 1941.. Would like a late issue of TIME. 
     11:59 p.m.  To bed.  Can't sleep, darn it.  Must be insomnia.  My conscience is clear.
     Long lines of British and Americans across the street to register today.
     Registration by J. authorities is in Hamilton House.  Property declaration is required.  Likely is a prelude to ????
     I hear J. Navy gave American Navy YMCA one hour to clear out.  Rev. Kline on Dec. 8th told me they had to clear out of Moore Memorial Church building on Yu Ya Ching Road.  J. were going to take over Foreign YMCA but apparently Sec. Hines talked fluently and convinced Japanese it was international, and staved off any action.

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