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Jeanette White holds a plaque her husband received in recognition of his being the creator of the first Smokey Bear costume "used by any state in the nation." The plaque was presented to Frank Brunner Jr. by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry on July 3, 1994. White gifted the plaque to the Mercer Public Library to go next to the actual head of the first bear costume, made in 1950, and preserved in glass at the library.
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