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 19, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary re Japanese Take-Over in Shanghai China. Days 43 and 44.

Two more days in captivity for Will lynch.  Is ready for repatriation, he says.  The "Indestructo" must be a sturdy piece of luggage.   Roselyn

January 19, 1942.  Monday.  43rd Day.
     Rather drab today.  Not even rumors to enliven things.  Delivered my old trunk to Mr. Daley.  Said he'd pay me the Chinese $75.00 tomorrow.  
     I had hoped to get a pass for tomorrow to see about buying the "Indestructo" but Berger has something in mind about the November accounts.

January 20,  1942.  Tuesday.  44th Day.
     Warmer, overcast.  We got the November to December accounts from the office.
     Mr. Daley paid me Chinese $75.00 for my old trunk.  Hope I can get the "indestructo" on Peking Road.  Will see tomorrow.
     Beat Mr. Groves 3-2 at Cribbage and JBS 2-0 at Rummy.
     Our war news is "lousy", via Domer, Havas and occasionally, Reuter.  Very little from U.S.A. and it is highly "off color".
     I have a bit of a cold in the head.

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