Women who made a mark to be recognized

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By Kirsten Laskey

“This is a historic day,” Los Alamos historian Nancy Bartlit said after accepting proclamations that recognize two women — Peggy Pond Church and Marjorie Bell Chambers – during the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night.
These women left a permanent mark on Los Alamos, which will be symbolized in two historic roadside markers that will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the corner of 20th Street and Trinity Drive. A reception will follow at Fuller Lodge.
It seems Bartlit’s statement was true; it was a historic day. Pond Church and Bell Chambers made many contributions that not only spread throughout Los Alamos, but also the state and the country.
Pond Church was the daughter of Ashley Pond, the founder of the Los Alamos Ranch School. She married the Ranch School Master, Fermor Spencer Church, and they raised their children in Los Alamos. Bartlit said Pond Church’s three sons will attend the dedication ceremony Friday. Besides being a wife and a mother, Pond Church was also an author. She wrote “The House at Otowi Bridge,” and co-authored along with her husband, “When Los Alamos was a Ranch School.”
Ten volumes of poetry, a biography and two children’s book were also penned by Pond Church.

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