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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Saturday, January 28, 2012

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 163 and 164..

Will Lynch hears more news about repatriation.  Cereal still being issued to Americans who need food.   He is a farmer's son, long removed from the Kansas farm but he always gives the weather conditions!  Roselyn

May 19, 1942.  Tuesday.  163rd Day
     Cool and Sunny.
     Much repatriation talk, via Italian SS Conte Verde, said to being readied to sail about June 14, 1942, or later.
     Bought 6 bananas for Chinese $.30 and 40 cents, or thereabouts.
     Tonight's broadcast on French station seems Russians are winning around Kharkov.

May 20, 1942.  Wednesday.  164th Day.
     Nice weather.
     Was offered Chinese $600.00 for my radio.  May accept.
     Walked out to American School where cereals were being issued to Americans by Red Cross.
     Met A.M.  We walked down LaFayette.   Stopped in at Mrs. Bell's, 1261 LaFayette.  Mrs. B. had us stay for tea. I got some mint.
     Much talk about repatriation.
     I hear Mr. McMun, a Standard Vacuum (Oil Company) accountant, had committed suicide, as he had been summoned to the Bridge House, in Hongkew, for questioning by the Japanese.

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