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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.