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, January 2, 2012

WR Lynch World War II Diary Days 120, 121, and 122

 Will Lynch continues to wonder when American diplomats will be exchanged.  Roselyn.

April 6, 1942.  Monday.  120th Day.
     Sunny and a bit keen.  Got Masonic receipt.
     Had tea with two Russian women.  Russians sure do celebrate Easter.
    Much fewer alcoholics than usual, due to high prices.
    Re-wrote, as of April 8, 1942, statement in triplicate of my assets and WILL in quadruplicate.

April 7, 1942.  Tuesday.  121st Day.
     Sunny and nice.  Got a pass and went downtown.  Got a hair cut--Chinese $2.10 plus 20 cent tip--2.30--US$0.13.  Almost bought a canvas duffel bag for Chinese $48.00--about US$20.  If no trunks are allowed on repatriation ship, I'll likely need a duffel bag.
     Mr. Kay said he had heard the ship would be a month late.  That means leave end of May.
     Got typewriter back from S.V.C. and put it in No. 15.

April 8, 1942.  Wednesday.  122nd Day.
     Nice weather.
     A.M. called.  Also Mrs. James and they went out for chow and a show.
     Rumor has our boat won't be in till well in May.  I doubt it by then--if boat losses continue, and here's hopin'.


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