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 30, 2012

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 165, 166 and 167.

Will Lynch writes about the prices of things in Shanghai, where he is being held by the Japanese along with other State Department people.  As an unattached bachelor, he seems to be invited to quite a few teas, parties and other social events.  Roselyn

May 21, 1942. Thursday.  165th Day.
     Fine weather.
     Sold radio for Chinese $600.00.  Bought it in November 1938, for US$20.00.
     Had tea with Mrs. Mary Kramahdoff, a widow with two daughters in early 20's, at French Club.
     Repatriation looks like a possibility in June, but uncertain.

May 22, 1942.  Friday.  166th Day.
     Fine weather.
     Mr. Howe of Cathay Theatre gave me a pass, and we saw "Blood and Sand", a wonderful picture.   Best I've seen in a long time.
     Bought a used leather suit case for Chinese $210.00, about US$7.00.
     I must rent a radio.  
     C.R.B (Chinese Bank) against FAPI (old Chinese $$) was 77/100 (1.30)
     Today it is 66/100 (1.51) and falling.  It is a racket.  A loaf of bread formerly Chinese $4.00 is now Chinese $6.00.

May 23, 1942.  Saturday.  167th Day
     Met A.M. at Sea Captain's Shop, where her friend sold check of $200.00 by Mr. C.G.  We then walked back via wet streets.  Celebrated ABC's birthday.  
    FAPI vs Chinese Bank is 1.90, though it is supposed to be 66 or 1.66. Looks like NCS will pass out.  I have Chinese about $400.00 left.  Darn it!
     I won several sprigs of mint at ABC's cocktail party and many women swiped the leaves, leaving me only the stem.  They liked the odor.
     Looks as thought we sail June 15th.  Mebbe. (Maybe)
     Tried to rent a radio, but the shop was closed.  Price quoted a few days ago was Chinese $.35--(35 cents) a month.

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