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, October 3, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 15, 16 and 17

Will Lynch learns he will lose his apartment to the Japanese.  Rummy is a card game he loved to play--and win.  A note--his Mother, Caroline Dunmire Lynch, had died January, 1941, so did not know about his days in "captivity" later that year.  The family was relieved about that, as she had always worried about his being so far from home.   Roselyn

December 22, 1941.  Monday.  15th Day.
     Japanese tell me "Very sorry, but want apartment Jan. 1st".  So guess I'll have to prepare.  I want the office carpenter to call so I can fix some boxes.   
     Motor cars to end today except a chosen few, such as Japanese, Medicos and a few other favored few.

December 23, 1941.  Tuesday. 16th Day.
     Whew!  What a day.  Packing.  What a job.  Destroying paper.  Sold liquors.  Lucky. 1537 (?). Am also selling some tinned goods.  Will know how much will get tomorrow.  Hope to store my furniture with Sh. St. Co., but won't know until Dec. 26th or so as they are "sealed".  Hate to give up my flat 712 as it had a south east exposure.

December 24, 1941.  Wednesday.  17th Day of Captivity.
     It's the day afore Christmas.  Packed some more today.  Terrible job.  Hope to continue tomorrow.  Hope to bring over my old radio.  Japanese radio says they are doing well in P.I. (Philippine Islands--where Will had taught years ago).
     Hope to get most of my gear out of my flat by Sunday.
     Sold my electric fittings to Japanese for Chinese $60.00---if they pay.
     Finished one game of Rummy with Mr. Sawyer.  I won, 205-365.  Hope to get good Christmas dinner tomorrow at Jimmy's, as per usual.  I'm contributing 4 Champagnes--Chinese $400.00!

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