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12:43 PM, Mar. 21, 2013  |  Comments
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1945: Everest, the man, named to state U.N. committee

David Clarke Everest was appointed to a statewide committee that would sponsor the United Nations clothing collection beginning April 1, 1945, reported the Wausau Daily Record-Herald on March 25 that year.

Committee chairman F.J. Sensenbrenner of Neenah made the announcement. Everest was one of 14 other people from across Wisconsin who formed the committee.

War relief agencies and the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, or UNRRA, participated in the drive to collect used clothing to send to people displaced by World War II. Service clubs, church groups, schools, civilian defense and patriotic organizations handled local collection details.

UNRRA formed in 1943, two years before the United Nations, to help the Allies provide food, fuel, clothing, medical supplies and other basic necessities to people in displaced by the war. It was the foundation of post-war reconstruction and resettlement operations.

President Franklin Roosevelt and leaders from the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union and China provided the initial backing. In all, 44 countries signed on to help provide the relief through UNRRA. It operated until 1949. By then, its functions were mostly absorbed by other agencies.

Everest became general manager of Marathon Paper Mills Co. in Rothschild in 1909 and remained at the head of the company into the 1950s. He was active in a variety of civic organizations, including the American Red Cross, Trees for Tomorrow, the Historial Society of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Foundation.

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