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, February 21, 2012

WR Lynch Days 197 and 198

Will Lynch says there is still much conjecture about the sailing date for exchange with Japanese diplomats.    Roselyn

June 22, 1942.  Monday.   197th Day.
     Big news is postponement from Wednesday to Saturday, maybe, of sailing of SS Conte Verde.  We are all agog as to reason and much surmising.
     Deadline for conversion of "old money" to "new money" at 2 old for 1 new has been extended a few days.  It's equal to a 50% capital levy, a slick trick if it works, but brought with an awful headache - if?  It is "major chizzlin".  (Meaning cheating or taking advantage.)

June 23, 1942.  Tuesday.  198th Day.
     Nice weather.
     Went to 69 Chusan Road with A.M. and got CRB$80 (Chinese Bank) refused from Mr. Turner in Room 4, House 47, 1285 Joffre.
     Walked aplenty.
     Thence back and A.M. bought a quart brick of what is called "ice cream" and 1/2 pound of wafers, and we had a feed at A.M's room No. 1, No. 12 Seymour Road, The Berkeley.
     Chusan is in Jewish refugee sector, Honkew.
     Much conjecture regarding our sailing date!
     Washed out a pair of sox, a handkerchief and a coat shirt.  I'm some "washee man"!  (Will Lunch was used to having his laundry done by a Chinese man servant).

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