(02/12/2018)
Roane and Gilmer History Heroes have been named.

Bonita Schreckengost is second vice president of the Roane County Historical Society. A recently retired art teacher, she paints large family trees for people that include eight or more generations, ancestral homes and farmland, and other features.

Schreckengost helps organize the society’s genealogy fair each year and sets up family tree paintings at that event. She also works on fundraising ideas and locates and scans old family photos. Last year, she was in charge of removing the society’s sign at Spencer State Hospital’s cemetery for refurbishment. In addition, she is a board member of Mining Your History Foundation.

She was nominated by Roane County Historical Society.

William Stephen “Steve” Ostaff was librarian for the Gilmer County Historical Society, 2012-2013, and is a past member of the historic landmarks commission.

For several years, the retired teacher has demonstrated blacksmithing at the West Virginia Folk Festival. A member of the Gilmer County Needlework and Fiber Guild, Ostaff weaves wool blankets from wool provided by his own sheep. He also is a member of the North-South Skirmish Association.

He was nominated by Gilmer County Historical Society.


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