High Shoals, NC Now and Then
From the David Foster Collection
The Town Crier, May 29, 1953
Quadriga Goes To War
Officers of the "Polka Dot Squadron" of the United States Marine Air Corps stationed in Miami, Florida were recently presented scarves made from the Quadriga Polka Dot design produced at Carolinian Mills, a subsidiary of Ely & Walker Dry Goods Company in Saint Louis, Missouri.
The boys in this squadron had chosen a design for an insignia which was identical to the Ely & Walker Quadriga polka Dot design. When Mr. R.T. Stutts, president of the Carolinian Mills, heard of their insignia he arranged for Carolinian Mills to furnish the cloth to make polka dot scarves for this squadron.
Two Marine fighter planes were flown from the Air Base in Miami to the Charlotte airport to receive these scarves. When the planes taxied onto the air strips at the Charlotte airport, reporters from several newspapers, friends and relatives were waiting to greet the two pilots.
Shown above, left to right, are: Capt. Howard Veach of Thomasville, N.C., Mr. Robert T. Stutts, Capt. Henry M. Whitesides, of Gastonia, N.C. and Mr. John Mullen, editor of the Southern Textile News.