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 24, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary re Japanese Take-Over in Shanghai China. Day 47

A man, claiming to be an American sailor, just out of jail, comes to Will Lynch to ask for help to get in a soup line.  It seems strange that the Japanese let him in.  Roselyn

January 23, 1942.  Friday.  47th Day.
     Nice day.  
     About 10:45, got two raps on the door.  And---darned if it wasn't a fellow who said his name was Vogler, claimed he was an American citizen sailor, just out of Ward Road Jail, after a year for smuggling.  He wanted me to give him a letter to American Relief Com. as identification, so he could get into the soup line.  
     Vogler claims his birth is in San Francisco, but has a definite German Hamburg accent.  He, as per usual, had no papers, except a statement on jail paper, that he had been released from jail  on ?? ?? 1942.  I did not get the date.  As I don't recall the man, I could do nothing.
     Broadcast tonight says some 1200 American war prisoners, ex Wake Island, are to be paraded through Shanghai streets tomorrow.
     Beat Mr. Grove at Cribbage 3-2, last game by a "skunk".  Rummy with JBS--1-1, and he left for bed at 9"40 p.m.

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