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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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 18, 19 and 20.

Will Lynch spends Christmas day packing, then goes out for dinner.  Roselyn

December 25, 1941.  Tuesday.  (error--should have been Thursday) 18th Day.
     Christmas.  Worked in a.m., packing.  Good dinner at Jimmy's Wintergarden.  I supplied the champagne.

December 26, 1941. Friday. 
     Packing finished.  Will move effects tomorrow to Consulate for storage, to rooms 404--405--406.
     A.M. and did today.  Error, I fear.

December 27, 1941.  Saturday.  20th Day.
     Rainy, snowing tonight.  Lousy weather.  Finished moving.  Furniture is in room 404, and boxes, rug and mattresses in lobby of 405 at Consulate.
     Hong Kong apparently fell, due to water supply being knocked out.
     Brought over radio and glory be!  It works on some stations.  But German station, no can, but will by attaching aerial and ground wires to radiator and brass on window.  German station has best music.

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