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 17, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary re Japanese Take-Over in Shanghai China. Days 37 and 38

Will Lynch goes out and notices how much Shanghai is changing.   Roselyn

January 13, 1942.  Tuesday.   37th Day.
     Sunny and warmer.  Did not get out.   Hope to tomorrow.   No news.   Beat Mr. Landon at Rummy--much to his chagrin.
     Some talk of repatriation, via Lourenco, Marquez, Portuguese, East Africa.  That means a 3/4 month boat trip.  Probably several months in the future.

January 14, 1942.  Wednesday.   38th Day.
     Got up at 10:00 a.m.  Shaved and had a bath.  Had 3 days whiskers.
     11:45 a. m.   Got a pass.  Hinke says to stay off Nanking Road, as there has been an 'incident".
     1:30--5:20.  Walked about town.   Japs have Navy Y.M.C.A.  Got barbed wire and a guard at entrance.
     Called on Capt. Tornroth.  Capt. Tornroth had a heart attack this morning and almost passed out.
     Japanese supervisors have been placed in all American and British firms and Banks.
     This old town certainly has slowed down to the tempo of "hoss and buggy days".  Very few motor cars and no gas.  Many walk.

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