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 12, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary re Japanese Take-Over in Shanghai China. Days 92, 93, 94, and 95

Will Lynch does not write in his diary for 2 days--"nothing to report".  Then writes that elevator doors to 9th floor blocked--does not know why.  Roselyn

March 9, 1921. Monday. 92nd Day.  March 10, 1942. Tuesday.  93rd Day.
     Forgot to make entries.  Nothing to report.

March 11, 1942.  Wednesday  94th Day.
     Spring!!.  Warm and sunny.  Doffed my "longies".
     News?  All bad.  Looks bad.  Wonder if people on "other side" (The Allied Forces) are doing anything?

March 12, 1942.  Friday.  95th Day.
     Warm and some sun.
     9th floor of Cathay Mansions is occupied by Americans.  Access up to this morning has been unguarded, but today the elevator doors to 9th floor were blocked.  Reason is unknown.  Rumor hath it the doors will be unblocked tomorrow, Friday, March 13th! That'll make it a "Lucky Friday 13th".
     Mr. Lockhart gave a party 7:30-8:00 p.m. in his quarters 919-920.  A pleasant 1/2 hour.  Sufficient libations--18 present.
     Have asked for a pass for tomorrow.
     Lost rummy 1-0 to J.B.S. today.

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