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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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary re Japanese Take-Over in Shanghai China. Day 33

Will Lynch learns they will move again.   He keeps track of all his losses and wins of games he plays.  He never did lose gracefully!  But he enjoyed it even when he lost.  Roselyn

January 9, 1942.  Friday.  33rd Day.
     Sunny and warmer, but still a bit chilly.  
     Our hopped up news shows Japanese are still going strong.  
     Got up at 8:30 a.m.  At 11:50 a.m., Mr. Brookhart in 318 was still in bed.  Some sleep till almost noon.  How can they do it?
     Seems the British are still not moved.  Park Hotel move apparently definitely off.  Some talk now maybe sent to Cathay Mansions.
     Chan, my boy, got me 2 lbs of China oranges for Chinese $6.00.
     Hope to get a pass for tomorrow..
     Rumor hath it we are to move next Tuesday, January 13th, to Cathay Mansions, some 2-3 miles from here.  It's a better place, but my radio will not work on that 110 current.  Maybe I can get a transformer--or sell my radio.  I'll miss it.
     Got revenge on Mr. Groves 3-1.  One was a "skunk".  This removes the "blot from my escutcheon" he put on Jan. 6.  Collins won Casino, 3-5.


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