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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Sunday, December 18, 2011

WR Lynch WW II Diary re Japanese Take-Over in Shanghai China. Days 96 and 97.

Will Lynch flips a coin to decide when Allies will win.  As a Vice Consul, he seemed to have some privileges.  It appears A.M. has given up on this confirmed bachelor!   Roselyn

March 13, 1942.  Friday.  96th Day.
     Damp, cloudy and warm.
     Returned a book "The People's Choice by Herbert Agar, to Foreign Y.M.C.A.  Is a "thumb nail" sketch of Presidents Washington to Harding.  Very interesting.
     Then checked out "Grapes of Wrath".  
     Radio XMHC, Evening Post, on its evening "Help Thy Neighbor" program, announced it has a job for Chan, my house boy.  I'll send him to her, "Jean", tomorrow.
     War!  Gosh, seems Australians are all "Burned up".  I flipped a coin tonight and it seems Allies will win in 1943.  In the interim, we are stranded here?
     Asked A.M. to go to movie.   Declined.  Also declined to go to concert Sunday.

March 14, 1942.  Saturday.  97th Day.
     Colder--cloudy.  Got up too late for breakfast, so lunch tasted good.
     Beginning today, we register in and out at room 927, with Japanese Consular people.
     War news continues bad.  Nothing further anent repatriation.
     Hope I have landed a job for Chan--my Chinese cook, through "Jean" of SMHC of Shanghai Evening Post.
     Bunion on my right foot is increasing in tenderness.
     Donned a winter suit.

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