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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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 134 and 135

Will Lynch again comments on the shortage of food.  He says the Japanese are diverting food to Japan and thinks there will a crisis soon, unless food is permitted in more than now.  Roselyn

April 20, 1942.  Monday.  134th Day.
     Nice weather.  Got a pass and went downtown.
     Japanese soldiers and police were chasing all off Szechuen Road.  Seems Wang Ching Wei (China's Benedict Arnold--a traitor) was to pass that way.  Sad situation when a country's No. 1 must be thusly guarded!
     I had intended going to Canidrome to watch dogs being trained (he did not live far from the race track) but got back too late.  I got only the long walk downtown and back.
     Rummy score was 1-1.  JBS said it was his wedding anniversary and so would win.

April 21, 1942.  Tuesday.  135th Day.
     Nice weather.
     Via radio the Japanese admitted bombing of Japanese towns, but belittled, say damage was slight and that objects hit were hospitals and school!  Oh yeah, say we here.
     Seems provenance of bombers is unknown, apparently from Shangra-la.
     Seems repatriation may be possible ere long, via East Africa, as announcements via radio are more frequent lately.
     Food situation in Shanghai is becoming more acute recently.  Seems the Japanese are diverting food to Japan, paying for it in China with printed money.  Likely a crisis here shortly, unless food is permitted in more than now.


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