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 17, 2012

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 150, 151, and 152.

Will Lynch, Vice Consul with the American Consulate in Shanghai, China, remembers that the war began five months ago.  Roselyn

May 6, 1942.  Wednesday. 150th Day.
     Rainy in morning, but sunny and chilly in afternoon.
     Spring Champs run today, but I had no chances.
     Got third typhoid "shot" today.  Arm tonight is sore and I'm a bit dizzy.
     Had tea at A. Murphy.  A strange set up.
     Rummy score with JBS was 1-1.

May 7, 1942.  Thursday.  151st Day.
     Nice weather.  Cool.
     Rumor that Corregidor has fallen.
     Much speculation about repatriation.
     Bought a jar of Chinese honey for Ch.$18.50.  Pretty good as a "smear" (spread).
     Finished the application by G. Giliberto for renewal of his master's license.
     Lost rummy 2-1 to Brookhart.

May 8, 1942.  Friday.  152nd Day.
     War started five months ago today.  Seems like a long time ago.
     Nice weather.  Evening paper says we are to leave in June.  I'm in no hurry.  I'd like to be here when the "break up" comes.
     JBS won 2-0 at rummy.
     Saw "Ben Hur" at the Roxy.
     A.M. is a bit of a nuisance.

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