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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Thursday, January 12, 2012

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 136, 137, 138, and 139.

The American School in Shanghai was established in 1912 to serve children of missionaries and other foreigners in the country.  It closed in 1949 but was reopened in 1980.  Food more scarce.  Roselyn

April 22, 1942.  Wednesday.  136th Day.
     Fine weather--a bit warm.
     Got a pass and called on Sasson's re a refund due and was told it had been allowed and would be paid soon. I hope early next week.
     Went to American School and got a cholera typhoid "shot".  Will go again next Wednesday.  Nurse was Miss Hirst and doctor was Dr. W____?
     Saw many Americans call to get food supplies, a la Red Cross.  Food is scarce and almost impossible to obtain some items.
     Very nice at the school--quiet and sort of "academic".

April 23, 1942.  Thursday.  137th Day.
     Fine weather--a bit warm.  Beginning today we get hot water from 6:00-10:00 a.m. only.  Coal shortage.
     Played many checker games with JBS.  Won most of them, but not all.
     No startling news on tap.  Put on a lighter suit.
     Saw W.C. Ball of Standard Vacuum Oil Co.  Loaned  Mrs. H. Dively of NCDN "Europe in the Spring" and "Options".

April 24, 1942.  Friday.  138th Day.
     Fine warm spring weather.  
     Manager, Mr. Howe, of Cathay gave me a pass for two to "Great Guns" by Laurel and Hardy.
     News?   Well?

April 25, 1942.  Saturday.  139th Day.
     Cloudy and warm.  Some rain in afternoon.
     A.M. and I saw "On With the Show", a local amateur of short vaudeville skits.  Good entertainment.
     No good news yet.  Wonder if America is still snoozing--or just talk-talk?

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