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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Friday, October 21, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary re Japanese Take-Over in Shanghai China. Days 45 and 46

Will Lynch gets a pass, buys his new luggage and is moved to another room in the hotel where he is being kept.   Roselyn

January 21, 1942.  Wednesday.   45th Day.
     Warmer.  Overcast.  Walked about 5 miles and am weary.
     Bought the trunk for Chinese $170.00 or about US $10.00.  Appears to be a proper "Indestructo".  Got two new dry cells for my flash light for Chinese $5.70--about US $0.30.  Got back my glasses, repaired.
     Walked out to French Town with Mr. Magill.  He produced a libation.  Got back by 5:15 p.m.  Plenty tired.
     Beat Mr. Groves 3-1 at Cribbage.  After dinner beat JBS at Rummy.  Went 13 innings, and 1 1/2 hours.
     Radio from FFZ, the French local station, did much of CARMEN.  Very good.
     Moved from room 312 to 316, a smaller room, but am still solo, thanks.
     No news yet re repatriation.  I'm ready any time.

January 22, 1942.  Thursday.  46th Day.
     Just another day.  Oh, no, I worked in the morning.  Both shroffs Lin and Chen came and we separated november, 1941 accounts.  Lin has still to type forms 333 and 334, and the attendance report and assignment of quarters for November.
      One Japanese Consular minor stated we are to move to Cathay Mansions on Friday, January 29, 1942.  Seems true, as Stantor at dinner showed me a floor plan, and offered me a choice of one of two rooms.
     Played Rummy with Br.  He got tight on Vodka and didn't leave until after midnight.

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