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 23, 2012

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 157, 158, and 159.

Will Lynch finds the Red Cross in the American School in Shanghai is giving cereal to Americans needing food.  Roselyn

May 13, 1042.  Wednesday.  157th Day.
     Good weather.
     Went to American School to see Americans call for Red Cross cereals.
     No indoor baseball, due to cereal disbursement.  Games will be tomorrow.  I have no "outing pass" so will miss the game.
     Mrs. Bell, 1261 Joffre, asked me to tea for Friday. (Address is not far from hotel where he is staying). 
     I helped Mrs. Missimer carry her cereals, and she gave me two big cups of good coffee at her place, 1285 Joffre, House 47, Flat 1.
     Lots of conflicting radio reports regarding naval battle in the Coral Sea.

May 14, 1942.  Thursday.  158th Day.
     Tonight's paper says June 10th is evacuation date.  However, most doubt it.
     Wonderful strawberries in market.  I'd have lots of "short cake" if I still had my flat.
     Radio "hooey" voluminous regarding war.
     Had two cups of coffee at 112 Vallon, with G. Giliberto.

May 15, 1942.  Saturday.  159th Day.
     Very warm.  
     Visited office, but the Swiss don't like it.  Got old check books, so hope soon to see who did not cash checks.
     Had tea at the Bells, 1261 LaFayette.  They had a nice place.
     No good news yet.

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