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, March 2, 2012

WR Lynch Days 200 and 203

Will Lynch is packing to leave his Shanghai "jail"  and has his cabin assignment on the ship leaving soon.  Roselyn

June 27, 1942.  Saturday  202nd Day.
     Fine weather.
     Though I applied yesterday for a pass, none was granted.  Went down town anyway.  All afternoon leave cancelled.
     About 6:00 p.m., 2 men from Swiss Consulate brought down our tickets and red ribbon badges--to indicate "Officials".  I have Cabin 201, Bed A, on B Deck, First Class, with bath and toilet.  Seems ok.
     Killed time by winning cribbage from Messrs. Groves and Hinke, and checkers from JBS.  Lost a rummy game to JBS, supposed to be Championship of Cathay Mansions.  (Where he was living during captivity by Japanese in Shanghai).
     War news from North Africa continues "lousy".
     I'll probably draw Cairo as a post, in time to get "captured" again.
     I weigh 185 pounds, or a loss of 25 pounds.  Walking did most of it.  
     Feel fine.

June 28, 1942.  Sunday.  203rd Day.
     Had roast goose with J.J. James, wife and daughter, Henry Frances Parks and Hal Mills in Jimmy's Kitchen, owned by Mr. James.
     Movie in afternoon with A.M.  
     Whew!  Packing!  What a job to get all in 3 pieces.
     1:00 a.m., in morning.  
     Bath and to bed as will be wakened by 4:30 a.m.

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