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, December 5, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary re Japanese Take-Over in Shanghai China. Days 83 and 84

Will Lynch, still a captive of the Japanese in Shanghai, says the Navy "had better get busy--or else".   Apparently the Foreign YMCA is still open in Shanghai.  Roselyn

February 28, 1942.  Saturday.  83rd Day .
     Fine weather.  
     No definite news yet.  Local radio and papers continue to publicize Japanese successes, but apparently meeting resistances in Java.  It's about time the U.S. Navy was getting busy and cutting out the talk.  The Navy has a job to do--or else.
     Also, the "New Deal" and our pacifists had best go into limbo--or some other place.

March 1, 1942.  Sunday.  84th Day.
     Wet, but not cold.  
     Had a pass.  Went to Foreign YMCA and got a book, "The People's Choice", re presidents of U.S.A.--Washington to Harding. 
     Lost 2-1 to Brookhart but won 2-0 from J.B.S. at rummy.
     E.B. called but A.M. didn't, which is o.k.
     Seems there is a big Navy battle on around Java.  Radio said Japanese are winning, per Jap's claim.
     Got bank statement showing my balance at National China Bank as Ch. $0.00.  It's correct, except I have a U.S. $7.34 balance.

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