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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Thursday, October 13, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary re Japanese Take-Over in Shanghai China. Day 34

Will Lynch received a pass and went out for the afternoon.   Roselyn

January 10, 1942.  Saturday.  34th Day.
     A bit cloudy.  Had breakfast at 10:00 a.m.  Getting lazy--or lazier.
     "Shore leave"  1:00--6:00--p.m.  Bought 2 pairs long drawers as insurance, size 40, for Chinese $32.00  (about US $2.00)  Saw "Andy Hardy's Private Secretary at Roxy, at Ch. $3.40, about US $0.20.  Excellent.  Chinese chow at Sun Ya.  Ate too much.
     Rainy, chilly and sloppy tonight.  Got my Ch. $60.00 for electrical fittings left at Apt. 712 Hamilton House.
     British, American and Dutch banks are to be liquidated by Japanese.  I have a US $7.34 credit in N.C.B.
     Cribbage.  Tanned both Groves and Hinke tonight.  Skunked Groves.
     Heard KGEI, San Francisco, on G's radio. Seems British in North Africa and Russians in Russia are doing their stuff.


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