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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Thursday, September 29, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 8 and 9

Dec. 15, 1941.  Monday. 8th Day
      Glory Be!  I stay in Room 309.  JBS moves in;  sun shines today.  News?  Oh, yeah!  He's a fresh air fiend.  Opens windows.  So do I, but within reason.

Dec. 16, 1941.  Tuesday. 9th Day.
     Cash!  Finally got Ch. (Chinese) $350.00.  Bank balance is Ch. $9.71.  We are limited to Ch. $500.00 withdrawals per  (day)  ?  or per ?  But that can't bother me.  See my balance.  But I think I'll get by--if  "black market" holds up.
     I gave US $10.00 to Stanton to give to Mr. Ruben ?.  This $10.00 is in my safe marked  "I. O. Miss Lee US $10.00."   It is in Govt. money.  Mr. Stanton is to tell Miss Lee (Phillips).
     Bought  Vicks Cough drops--Ch. $4.00.  News meager.  "Scuttle But" seems maybe the fortunes of war aren't favoring the enemy.

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