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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Friday, October 7, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary Day 25

Will Lynch begins 1942, still in captivity, having a meal at his favorite eating place.  He learns that the hotel where they are supposed to move is "full of Nazis" who don't want them there.  Roselyn

January 1, 1942.  Thursday.  25th Day
     Happy New Year.  Sunny and crisp.  Went "ashore'.  Good chow at Jimmy's Wintergarden at 2:00 p.m.  Visited Consul General Lockhart at Country Hospital.  Must pack, as dope has it we move tomorrow to Park Hotel.
     8:30 p.m.---Flash!  Are to remain indefinitely at this Metropole Hotel, reports J.B. Sawyer, my stablemate!  Why?  Dunno, but I suspect our jailers unable to find space at Park Hotel as it is full of Nazis.  I don't want to move, anyway.  I could finish packing in 1/2 hour.  Moving is a nuisance.  JBS and I played 3 hard fought Rummy games.  He won last one.  Cold tonight.

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