Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Citizen Soldier American Hero
“’Zach’ Masker, as he was known to the people of Franklin and Crystal Lake, was one of the sons of ‘Dick Masker,’ a family of early American pioneering stock. Born in Campgaw, he worked as a caretaker under Mr. Moore, supervisor of the MacKenzie estate at
Zack was a Private First Class in Company D, 114th Regiment, 57th Brigade, 29th Division. According to a letter from his sister Catherine, Zachariah had been on the front lines for several months. “In the Battle of Bois D’ Ormont East of
Zack, as he was known by all his buddies, was well-liked and always did his full share of all duties as a soldier, friend and buddy. 24 of his company died that day and 76 were wounded.”
According to accounts, “Zach” was a machine gunner and, after going over the top, had gotten his gun into action when he was struck in the shoulder with a one-pound shell. He lived only long enough to send his best wishes back to the ones he loved. (Source – Wyckoff News, May 25, 1939)
A Memorial dedicated to Zachariah was built in
In the very center of that domed indentation, the lion’s head pictured to the left would have been mounted. Much in the tradition of an eternal flame, people could go the Memorial for water, and the water would have come out of the mouth of the Lion’s head.
The bronze oval pictured to the left would have been mounted on the top of Zachariah’s Memorial. Note that it has the date of Zachariah’s death and the notation “World War.”
Unfortunately, Zachariah’s Memorial was destroyed several years ago when the land where it was located was developed. Thanks to Jack Goudsward of the Franklin Lakes Historical Society, who superimposed images of the lion’s head and plaque on a picture of the Memorial, we know what visitors would have seen when they went to pay homage to Zachariah and to get water from the spring.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I know that this is is not about FRLK history but it is about the library. We are so excited to welcome Carmine and Louie Dewey to the Children's Room at the Franklin Lakes Public Library. Rebecca Kaufman of the Suburban news wrote a great piece on these two dynamic brothers. Guinea Pigs by birth, readers by choice, Carmine and Louie chose our library because of the vast book and media collection.
Carmine is an avid soccer fan and passionate cook while Louie really enjoys reading sports biographies and mysteries! Come on down to the library and welcome our new residents. Please check out their blog at : http://carmineandlouie.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
We are excited to add to our genealogy collection the following: (on CD-Rom)
- The papers and proceedings of the Bergen County Historical Society , 1902-1922
- Three Measures of Meal by Willis Bruce Dowd
1894-1944 “Through 50 Years” Tenafly, New Jersey
- The New Jersey Volunteers (loyalists) by William Stryker
Friday, September 12, 2008
According to the Vander Plaat Vermeulen website, "the Vermeulen Memorial Home, established in 1964 by the Vermeulen Family was constructed as a funeral home and the
residence of William Vermeulen Jr. Purchased by the Vander
Plaat family in 1970 the name was changed to reflect the merger
of two of New Jerseys most respected family owned funeral
[Picture of the Vander Plaat Funeral Home today.]
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
The end of Summer is here, although you'd never know it by the weather today! Our recent addition to the postcard collection reminds me that Summer is truly a state of mind.
In this undated postcard of the Indian Trail Club on "mile long Franklin Lake in Urban Farms", we can see the old barn in the background. Do you think it looks the same?
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Last year I came across old an old photo of the FRLK fire department but I could only identify two of the seven men in the photo. Luckily, Tim has been busy organizing the history of the FRLK Fire Department (which you should check out) and has, with the help of an old friend, identified the gentlemen in the photo!
While I am working feverishly at the library organizing FRLK and library history, my counterpart at the Franklin Lakes Fire Department, Tim, is doing the same thing. Yeah for the keepers ( and savers) of local history!
Front row L to R: Sam Bowers, Sr. William V. Pulis, William Ainlay.
Back row L to R: J.S. Kinney, Herb Hopper, Kenneth Chilton & Edward May
Monday, August 25, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Libraries are a great place to start your genealogical , Bergen County, and the New Jersey history projects. I am happy to announce that we have available for use in the library the following books on one giant CD Rom. The CD is indexed and fully searchable. Come by the reference desk to check it out. (ask for me, Samantha!)
- History of
, 1630-1923 (1923) , Bergen County New Jersey
- History of
, Bergen County (1900) New Jersey Marriage Records. Copied From the Entries as Originally Made at the Court House by the Ministers and Justices of the Peace of the County (1929) , Bergen County New Jersey
- Minutes of the Justices and Freeholders of
, 1715-1795. From the Original in the , Bergen County New Jersey 's Office (1924) County Clerk
- Genealogical History of
and Hudson , Bergen Counties (1900) New Jersey : Its Annals and Reminiscences (1899) Englewood
- Things Old and New from
Bergen Democrat's History of County Its Olden Story, Present Annals, Prospective Growth All Told by the Historian's Pen and the Artist's Pencil. (1898) , Hackensack N.J.
- Ramapo Reformed Church,
Ramapo Lutheran (1944) Church
- Yearbook of the
Society of Holland New York
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I hope you all had the opportunity to read Rebecca Kaufman's article on Franklin lakes in the Suburban News (07.23.08). In the article , Ms. Kaufman gives us a fantastic tour you can do with family and friends and learn about the great history of Franklin Lakes!
One of my favorite sites is the windmill on Long Bow Drive which used to power Mr. McKensie's farm - almost all of the land that is now Urban Farms!
Monday, August 11, 2008
We were lucky enough to get a gift of tax bills from Franklin Township circa 1907-1910. Look carefully at the bill and you will see that taxes could be paid directly to the tax collector at his home in Campgaw! I guess we no longer offer that service!
Friday, August 8, 2008
We are currently getting the library ready for the major HVAC project next week so I figured it would be a good time to clean up my desk and start this history blog. We hope that we can use this blog as a way for Franklin Lakes historians to share information and stories. Please feel free to post comments and suggestions as well as updated history!
In my infinite quest to organize my desk I came across the listing for the burial plots at Hoppers Pond (located on private property). I am not sure how I acquired this listing nor do I know when the list was generated but I know there are many people who look for this information regularly.
In addition to our blog, we hope that you will come visit our website and visit us at the library. We look forward to your comments.