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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Sunday, February 12, 2012

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 184 and 185.

Will Lynch was notified State Department was asking for volunteers for reassignment to posts in Africa, Near East and India.   Roselyn

June 9, 1942.  Tuesday.  184th Day.
     Had tiffin with Reni Nieh.  
     Tea at French Club with Mrs. M. Krahmaloff, a widow of a bit over a year.
     Got mimeo copy of notice regarding leaving for repatriation, to be about 16th.
     And C.G. informed me of receipt of inquiry from State Department for volunteers for reassignment to posts in Africa, Near East and India.  I agreed to go any place, but suggested a salary readjustment.  He said he'd take it up when he arrived in Washington.

June 10, 1942.  Wednesday.  185th Day.
     Packing, packing!  Gosh!  What a job.
     Sore throat.
     Musical supper tonight.
     I ought to be better tomorrow.
     Station from Hankow called.
     Later I went out to American School site, as Red Cross doles out cracked wheat, Farina and Rolled Oats gratis to American citizens.  Lots of people are discovering they are Americans that didn't care much previously.

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