Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 17, 1917


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Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Little, Candace
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother Candace Little on December 17, 1917. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a professor at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada. Discusses conscription and the fate of A. A. Zinck, the coal shortage, and plans for the Christmas season.
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Carroll Herman Little (1872-1958) was a Lutheran pastor, and a professor and administrator at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (now Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) in Waterloo, Ontario.

Little was born in Hickory, North Carolina in 1872. He was the eldest of ten children born to Rev. Marcus Lafayette Little (1848-1891) and Candace Mary Almetta Herman (1848-1947). Marcus L. Little, a Lutheran pastor and educator, was killed in a train accident in Newton, North Carolina on February 16, 1891.

C. H. Little received his early education and work experience in North Carolina, graduating from Gaston College in 1889. From 1888-1891 Little worked as editor of a newspaper founded by his father in Dallas, North Carolina. He also taught in North Carolina schools. After his father’s death, Little entered Roanoke College in Virginia, graduating with a BA (Classics) in 1893. From 1897-1898 he was enrolled in post-graduate studies in the Classics Department at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

In 1901 Little graduated from Mount Airy Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following in his father’s footsteps, C. H. Little was ordained by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania on June 3, 1901. After ordination he accepted a call to the Nova Scotia Synod, serving as pastor in the New Germany parish from 1901-1909, and the Mahone Bay parish from 1909-1911. From 1911-1914 he was housefather of Bethany Orphans’ Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. During this time he also served the Nova Scotia Synod as secretary (1904-1909), president (1911-1914) and editor of the Nova Scotia Lutheran (1907-1911). In 1914 Little was recognized with an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. Little left Nova Scotia in 1914 when he accepted a call to the St. Lawrence Parish in Morrisburg, Ontario.

In 1917 C. H. Little accepted a teaching position at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (now Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) in Waterloo, Ontario. He remained at the Seminary for the rest of his career, retiring in 1947. In addition to his responsibilities as professor, Little also held various administrative roles including acting President, 1918-1920, 1929-1931, and 1942-44; Bursar, 1918-1933; and Dean, 1920-1927. Little continued to pursue his own education through correspondence studies with the Chicago Lutheran Seminary, receiving the degrees of BD and STM in 1924, and an STD in 1928.

Publications authored by C. H. Little include New Testament handbook (1941), Lutheran confessional theology : a presentation of the doctrines of the Augsburg Confession and the Formula of concord (1943) and Explanation of the book of Revelation (1950). He was a long time contributor to the Canada Lutheran, and held editorial positions for the publication.

Carroll Herman Little married Edith Blanche “Bonnie” DeLong (1888-1974) on September 9, 1908 in Nova Scotia. They had ten children: Carolus DeLong, Herman Luther, Marion, Arthur Bernard, Robert Paul, Margaret Eileen, Ruth, Catharine, Florence, and John Frederick.

Carroll Herman Little died in Waterloo, Ontario on March 31, 1958.


Letter transcribed by Michael Skelton in 2012.
Date of Original:
Dec. 17, 1917
Dimensions:
Width: 21 cm
Height: 13.5 cm
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Local identifier:
U242_1.19.5
Collection:
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item:
English
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Carroll Herman Little letter, 17 December 1917, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Wilfrid Laurier University
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Full Text

{ST. LAWRENCE PARRISH

REV. DR. C. H. LITTLE, PASTOR

Morrisburg, Ont.} Dec. 17, 1917

Dear Mother:

I have only two small sheets of paper in the house, so I will be obliged to make your letter very short to-night, but will probably be able to tell you all on them that will be of interest. To-day we had our election. I haven’t heard a word as yet as to how it has gone; but it gave me great satisfaction to put in my vote against the forcing of young men in Canada against their will to go to Europe to fight. I have no doubt as to how this riding will go but the way the Dominion as a whole will go is somewhat doubtful. You will probably know by the time this letter reaches you. If the people are willing to vote this servitude upon themselves I have nothing more to say against it, however much I might dispute their good taste. Another of our Theological students Mr. Zinck of Nova Scotia, a

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member of this year’s graduating class has been notified to don the khaki Jan’y 3. His case was appealed by the government and the decision of the local tribunal was reviewed. The Synodical authorities, I understand, are going to ordain him on Sunday which will secure his exemption. He is the young man I spoke of some time ago as being such a fine speaker and such an excellent preacher. I don’t think the authorities have acted squarely in his case. But he is such a fine physical specimen that I suppose they were loath to give him up. Bonnie and I were over at Kitchener and down town this afternoon selecting Christmas presents for the children. We bought some things and practically agreed on what we would get for them. Father DeLong sent us $10 which will go a long way toward paying for their presents. But everything is so high this year that we cannot give them what we otherwise would. Rev. Maurer will be here Sunday to ordain Mr. Zinck and we expect to entertain him while he is in the city. The coal situation is still a hard one with us. We ran out of coal Sunday night and all the pipes in the kitchen were frozen up this morning and things were beginning to look desperate, but I succeeded in getting another half ton to-day which will put us OVER a few days longer. The Seminary was also out of coal

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but they also got in a load of soft coal to-day. So we will be able to keep going. We had it very cold last week and over Sunday. To-day, however, it became a little milder and was a fine winter’s day. I am booked to preach for Pastor Behrens on Sunday morning which will give me a little extra work this week. On the Sunday after Christmas I am to preach and administer the communion at Guelph which is being served by Mr. [?], a member of our graduating class. On Christmas morning Pastor Behrens will have services at 6 o’clock. This will mean early rising for us on Christmas day. Last night the boys and I went down to their Church and heard Pastor Bockelman preach a very excellent German sermon. We can hardly realize that Christmas is so near at hand. We are very sorry that we can’t send you something

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on this occasion, but it is impracticable. We can only send our love and best wishes, though I will try to send you at least a card. Carolus brought home his report from school to-day. He did fairly well on most things but failed in writing and in one other subject and lacked about 15 points in making his grade. Herman says his teacher said that he would pass. The two boys have part in the English Christmas service in St. John’s on Christmas night. Marion was also given a little piece, but I don’t think she will be able to [?] up enough courgae to say it. We had the plumbers up this afternoon and they succeeded in thawing out our pipes, so that we are all right for awhile again. We will have only from Friday noon till Wednesday morning for Christmas vacation. The Dean is going to Pa. to spend the season with his family but the rest of us will stay had hold down the fort. I have now reached about to the end of my paper and as it is late anyway I will say good night. With love and best wishes for a happy Christmas, I am

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 17, 1917


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother Candace Little on December 17, 1917. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a professor at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada. Discusses conscription and the fate of A. A. Zinck, the coal shortage, and plans for the Christmas season.