|The journal was written
by John William Lynch. He began keeping a record of activities in his life at an
early age and continued until a few weeks prior to his death in 1948. I have copied
the text from his obituary to give you a brief history of the man who wrote this
journal. The exact date of the picture below is unknown but is estimated as
W. Lynch is Called by Death
Sunday morning, August 15, at his home on Cemetery Street, Elizabeth, death came
to a long-time and one of the best known residents of the place. He was
christened John William, but everybody knew him as J. Will Lynch, and that was
his choice of the name he bore. Born at Rice's Landing, on April 16,1862 he was
the son of the late David and Rebecca Hurry Lynch so was 86 years of age. The
family moved to Elizabeth in his childhood, and he continued a resident of the
He came of a boat building line and naturally fell into that activity. He was
long employed at the marine ways in Elizabeth, and for a number of years was
superintendent of the concern, but was retired some years before his death.
He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, but through having
companionship with many of its members, was affiliated with the Caulkett Men's
Class of the Methodist Church School. He also belonged to the local Masonic and
Odd Fellow lodges.
He was long a member of Company I, 14th Regiment, National Guard of Penna., an
Elizabeth organization, being its commissary sergeant, and served with it at
Johnstown in the weeks following the great flood there, but had been discharged
before the command was called into the national service for World War I.
Mr. Lynch was greatly interested in the history and activities of the home town
and people, and had accumulated voluminous scrap-books and a great number of
pictures along that line. He had a remarkably retentive memory, and was often
called on to verify facts concerning past events, his memory or records
supplying these in a very large number of cases. The Herald acknowledges a debt
of gratitude in that particular.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bertha McKown Lynch, four sons and four
daughters: Percy, of McKeesport; William M. and Jack, of Elizabeth; James McKown
Lynch of Clairton; Mrs. Bernice Stewart of Pittsburgh; Mrs. Hilda Gillan of Cleveland, O., Mrs. Bertha Reece, of
Alexandria, Va., and Miss Helen L. Lynch, at home.
Mr. and Mrs. Lynch had been married 64 years, and it is a remarkable
fact that his passing marked the first time that death had invaded that
family circle of ten members in all that time. He had been ailing for a
considerable time, but able to get about until a few weeks ago. When death
came, it was as relief from most intense suffering from an incurable malady.
There were 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were
held on Wednesday afternoon, at the Cox Funeral Home, with Reverend Edgar F.
Lawrence officiating, and burial was in Round Hill Cemetery.