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 16, 2012

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 147, 148, and 149.

The Swiss have taken over the Shanghai American Consulate from the Japanese.

May 3, 1942.  Sunday.  147th Day.
     Went to a movie "Belle Starr", thence to Hai Alai.
     In evening played cribbage with three British.

May 4, 1942.  Monday.  148th Day.
     Got some items from the Consulate.  Swiss are now in custody of the office, having taken over from the japanese.
     Good weather.
     Beat JBS 3-0 at rummy.
     Saw a dead Chinese on an "Island of Safety" on Avenue Edward VII.

May 5, 1942.   Tuesday.  149th Day.
     Nice weather.
     Spent an hour or so at a nearby auction with A.M.
     Much speculation about our date of evacuation.
     In morning called at 1183 Ave. Joffre.  Meh kwan Chan much perturbed regarding welfare and whereabouts of H. Gallop.
     Rummy score was 2-1.  Brookhart won, by a fool play on my part.  Got too ambitious.

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