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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Saturday, January 7, 2012

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 128, 129 and 130

Will Lynch notes that Consular officials and missionaries have arrived. He worries about France.  Roselyn

April 14, 1942.  Tuesday.  128th Day

     Lousy rainy chilly weather.  Ugh!
     Got passes for 3 to Cathay, and A.M. and I saw "Out of the Fog".  Fair, but acting good.
     Gave Mgr. Howe a bunch of razor blades as sort of a quid pro quo.  (I wonder, did he trade those for the tickets?).
     Radio says a bunch of Consular officials and missionaries have arrived today from Chefoo.  Paper says a bunch enroute from Canton.
     Beat JBS at rummy 3-0.  He declined to finish last game.

April 15, 1942.  Wednesday.  129th Day.

     Still rainy and chilly.
     Saw a movie.
     No good news yet.  Seems France might go "haywire" as Laval is to be Premier.
     Nothing to note.  Saw Nieh Kwan Chen.

April 16, 1942.  Thursday.  130th Day.

     Cold!  But no rain!
     Has "shore leave".  Got back blue trousers from tailor.  Better fit now.
     Saw "Bad Lands of Dakota" at Paris.  Not so good.
     Beat JBS 2-0 at rummy.
     No good war news yet, except possibly France may not go "haywire".
     "John Haig" at Wing On's is Chinese $200.00 a bottle.
     Read "Salome" by Oscar Wilde.  Ugh!


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