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, October 9, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary Day 28

Will lynch writes that Shanghai is badly wounded and Corregidor is being pounded by Japanese.

January 4, 1042.  Sunday.  28th Day 
    Nice day but I lost in a draw.  JBS and I used the alphabet to decide who gets choice of room. I encircled "I" and hit it.  He encircled "N" and I would hit it.  He chose small outside room 315.  I'll just stay on in 309, unless Consul Weil and Le Kilmartin of 312 squawk.  
     Possibility we may all yet go to Park Hotel or to ???.  God knows where.  That'll then settle room matters.
     Played Rummy with AM. X and won 2-3.  Last one went 14 hands.
     Radio says Corregidor got 5 hours "pounding" by Japanese today.  Looks like independence has come to Philippine Islands.
     Shanghai is badly wounded.   JBS moved this afternoon and I have a room all alone--unless the two in 312 squawk.

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