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 17, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary re Japanese Take-Over in Shanghai China. Days 39 and 40..

Will Lynch writes that the room is colder each day as fuel becomes more scarce.   Plays games with anyone who will play.  I imagine that by this time there were those who would not play!  When he came home after the war, he would talk my sister, Joan, then about 10 or 11, to play Chinese checkers with him.  He always cheated and she ignored it but finally refused to play any more.  He pouted and had a long face, until he promised not to cheat any more.  Joan will have to comment if that is not the correct story!  Roselyn

January 15, 1942.   Thursday.   39th Day.
     Beat Mr. JBS badly at Checkers.  In p.m., beat Mr. Groves  3--1 at Cribbage and got 3rd game of Rummy from JBS.
     A. M. called.  Getting to be a bit of a problem. Coal is apparently scarce, or likely too costly, as in my room I wear my overcoat nearly all day.
     If we can get by February, we'll be 'over the hump" of winter--I hope.
     No more talk re repatriation.  What's matter?

January 16, 1942.  Friday.   40th Day. 
     Colder.  In afternoon, donned my Chinese $16.00 long undies.  Quite a help.  
     Beat JBS badly at checkers.  Mr.  Groves won--series of a Cribbage, one a "skunk" but I "skunked" him one, so my escutcheon ain't too badly besmirched.     Beat Hinke 2--1.  Then after dinner beat JBS at Rummy.
     Didn't read much today.  Good music (recording) over radio FFZ, French Station, tonight.  Chopin and Liszt.

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