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 10, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary re Japanese Take-Over in Shanghai China. Days 29 and 30.

Fourth week after capture.  Group wonders how long it will be until repatriation.   Roselyn

January 5, 1942.  Monday.  29th Day
     Four weeks ago this morning the shottin' started.  Today is sunny but chilly.  Not too much heat from radiator now.
     Wow!  Have been "on the throne" three times today!  Maybe it's the lettuce I ate last night.
     8:30 p.m.  SN insists I move from 309, outside room  to 312, a larger inside room.  Seems a queer idea.  312 is occupied by Consul Weil and Navy Lt. Kilmartin and they vow moving isn't their idea.  They have lots of gear and will be crowded.  Someone is telling a "white one'.

January 6, 1932.  Tuesday.  30th Day of "Jail Life".
     Drizzly weather.  Moved from 309 to 312.  I prefer 309 but 312 can do.
     Radio works ok. Rather dreary today.  Lost cribbage 3-1 tonight to M.M. Groves, Commercial Attache, a co-prisoner.
     We all wonder what Washington and Tokyo are doing about repatriation.  Some here claim we won't get away for 8 months.  Whew!

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