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, October 6, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary Day 23

December 30, 1941.  Tuesday.   23rd Day
     Cold, cloudy.  Will move to Room 415 Park hotel tomorrow.  Some talk next move will be to Civic Center, a few miles into the country.  Hope not.
     4:45 p.m. news.   Consul Hinke just told me we won't move to Park Hotel until January 2, 1942.  Suits me, as I hope to get a pass for January 1, to go to New Year's dinner at Jimmy's Wintergarden.  I'll pack later.  Intended packing today. 
     Seems our captors had not arranged with Park Hotel Manager, who claims he has but "3 vacant rooms" and there are about 20 of us "diplomats".
     Sent typewriter 9A9.84)  4030401-11  to Miss Byrd, 0-3 Hamilton  House.  

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