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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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 168 and 169.

Will Lynch speaks of at least three value denominations of money in Shanghai during this time: US (united States), Chinese (Old Chinese), and C.R.B. paper money (Chinese Reserve Bank).  Another is called "FAPI, and seems to be some kind of paper money issued by the Japanese.  This causes the "money situation to be very bad."   Roselyn

May 24, 1942.  Sunday.  168th Day.
     Too warm.
     Attended a party at 4:00 p.m. at Mr. and Mrs. Fowles, Nanking Road.  Good eats and drinks.  A group picture was taken.
     At 7:45, a cocktail party at Room 924, by Mr. Hunt.
     At 2:00 - 3:40, won 2 games of Rummy off A.M.

May 25, 1942.  Monday.  169th Day.
     Nice weather.
     Couldn't get Swiss Consulate on the phone, so went down, but as it was a holiday (Whitsuntide) Mr. Essig and Ruf were not in.  So I could make no arrangements to get my furniture out to send to auction.
     Money situation here is bad.   Chinese $ is being replaced by CRB, (Chinese Reserve Bank) paper money, and is adding untold misery to the populace.
     In afternoon, went to Route D four to a tea party.  
     Am renting, at Ch $40.00 a month, a little radio.
     Was a bit wet this afternoon.

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