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, March 21, 2012

WR Lynch WW II Diary Days 231 and 232.

Will Lynch takes a "Safari" trip to see an animal reserve 20 or 30 miles out of Lourenco Marques, Portuguese East Africa.   Roselyn

July 26, 1942.   Sunday.   231st Day. 
     Trip by motor to Vila Luisa on Incomati River, some 20/20 miles out of Lourenco Marques.
     Saw native dances, a la Duke Ellington, and native kraul-huts, but no wild Hippo, due to lack of time.
     Drivers held to 20 miles per hour.
     The ASAMA MARU and CONTE VERDE ships left about 10:00-11:00 a.m. for Japan. (These were the ships that took American and other diplomats and families to the area of repatriation).
     Tried to chow on the GRIPSHOLM, but could not, as they have a check system now in force and it debars me.

July 27, 1942.  Monday.  232nd Day.
     Fine weather.
     Began eating at this Hotel Polana.
     All ships' leave finished by 1:00.  I left about 5:00 p.m.

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