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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Friday, February 3, 2012

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 170 and 171.

Will Lynch gets his furniture out of the Consular Office so, he can put it in an auction.  He reports the the war news is "definitely bad".  Roselyn

May 26, 1942.  Tuesday. 170th Day

     Cloudy.  Rain in evening.
     Chinese chow (tea) at King Kong on Rue Wayron.  
     CRB money fast replacing Chinese dollars.  I have Chinese $145.00 left.  Old value was about US$43.00.  Present value is about US$3.00. Sure is "hell" on people with Chinese money, and an awful swindle on the Chinese people.
     Tonight's radio says vessel to repatriate will sail about middle of June.  What a hope.
     Got a replacement radio today, and it does very well.
     Beat JBS badly at checkers 5-1 and rummy 2-0.  Is that an omen?

May 27, 1942.  Wednesday.  171st Day.
     Heavy rains and wind in morning.
     At 2:00 p.m., several of us with 3 Swiss Consular men got into the American Consulate.  I put my furniture out into the corridor, and will later send it to auction.
     War news is definitely bad.
     Repatriation is all the talk.
     Am reading "Tobacco Road".
     Hole Cripes!  US $1.00 equals Chinese $42.30 or CRB $19.00!


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