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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Thursday, October 27, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary re Japanese Take-Over in Shanghai China. Days 50 and 51

Will Lynch sells his binoculars to get a little extra money.  His account was frozen when the banks were taken over by the Japanese.  Roselyn

January 26, 1942.  Monday.  50th Day.
     At 5:00 p.m., asked for a pass for tomorrow but Stanton said:  "Sorry, no can.  Must submit requests by 4:00 p.m.  New ruling."  I asked then for pass for Wednesday.  Phoned Langley re sale of binoculars.  He said the Chinaman would offer but Chinese $300.  I accepted.  I paid Chinese $70.00, or about US $21.00 in 1936.  Chinese $300.00 equals about US $16/17.00.  Besides, I can now use the money.

January 27, 1942.  Tuesday.   51st Day
     9:00 a.m.  Still abed.   (???) banged on the door to get  Chinese $15.00 as my share of cumshaw (tip?) for dining room boys for January, the last here.
     About 11:00 a.m., Collins came with a notice re obtaining passes in future.  Must apply day before, and give name, destination, purpose, time desired as 12-6, and whether alone or with another.  Seems it's the gendarmes bright ideas.
     Sunny and warm today.

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