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 18, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary re Japanese Take-Over in Shanghai China. Days 41 and 42

Will Lynch is trying to get the right luggage for if and when he moves.   He has to pay for his meals while being held diplomatic prisoner.  Roselyn

January 17, 1942.  Saturday.   41st Day.
     Cold and clear.  Out from 12:00 til 3:00 p.m.   Left glasses at National Optical Co. to fix left arm.  Will get it next Tuesday, 20th.
     Saw "Dark Command" at Roxy.  It is a "hoss opera" re Quantrell during early Kansas.  Not so good.
     Then ate too much Chinese chow at Sun Ya.  Coldest weather so far this winter.

January 18, 1942.  Sunday.  42nd Day.
     Still here at Metropole.  
     Breakfast--Chinese $10.00.   Lunch and dinner--Chinese $18.00 each.  I could get by on half the sum at several "beaneries" and get better food.  We get margarine now for butter.  
     Won again at Rummy.  Sold my old wardrobe trunk for Chinese $75.00 to Mr. Daley.  It cost me US $15.00 on August 18, 1931, in New York.  I saw an "Indestructo" on Peking Rd. at about Chinese $125 or $150.  Or I can get a canvas duffel bag.

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