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, December 29, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 117, 118, and 119.

Will Lynch celebrated Easter by attending two church services--Catholic and Russian Orthodox, even though he was Methodist.  Roselyn

April 3, 1942.  Friday (Good Friday).  117th Day.
     Fine Easter weather.
     Good news.  Rumor--fairly authentic--hath it we embark April 25th.  Let's hope.
     Had a pass today but did nothing in particular.  Beat JBS badly at checkers.

April 4, 1942.  Saturday  118th Day.
     Warm, but turned chilly and rainy.
     Saw "Wild Geese Calling" at Cathay.  Fair.
     Lost rummy 2-0 to JBS.  He was quite pleased.
     Wrote several business letters re change of address and payments.

Old St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox
Church in Shanghai.
Click on picture to enlarge
April 5, 1942.  Sunday  (Easter).  119th Day.
     Cold, quite.  Used heavy winter overcoat, but sunny.
     Saw good show at Grande--Bing Crosby in "Birth of the Blues".  Good fun.
     Got a pretty good leather suitcase, used, for Ch. $80.00 (about US$4.00) on Rue Bourgeat.  New, similar, are priced at 250/350.
     A.M. and I had a snack at New Winter Garden.  We had gone to Catholic Church for 11:00 a.m. Mass.  Good music.  Packed Church.  We stood up.  Then looked in on Russian Orthodox Catholic Church.  Quite different, but both have an ornate ritual.

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