Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 5, 1918


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Creators:
Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Little, Candace
, Recipient
Media Type:
Text
Item Type:
Correspondence
Description:
Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on August 5, 1918. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada. He describes the annual Tattoo held in Waterloo Park, and the family's upcoming move to their new residence at 177 Albert Street in Waterloo.
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The letter has a hole in the centre of page 3 and page 4. There are rust marks on the top of page 1 and page 4.

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:
Aug. 5, 1918
Dimensions:
Width: 21 cm
Height: 26 cm
Subject(s):
Local identifier:
U242_1.20.6
Collection:
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Recommended Citation:
Carroll Herman Little letter, 5 August 1918, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Wilfrid Laurier University
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Full Text

Waterloo, Ont.,

Aug. 5, 1918.

Dear Mother:

I am going to try to be on time this week by writing you to-day. We finished our work this morning and I will perhaps have more time this afternoon for writing than later on in the week. After a week of exceedingly cool weather a hot wave has again struck us and it is again desperately dry. I think I will have to turn the hose on my garden later on this evening. The dry hot weather is drying up our raspberries and I’m afraid we won’t get many more from the patch. We had them to eat every day last week, but did not get many put up. That was due to the fact that we had company up until Saturday. Rev. and Mrs. Maurer went over to Kitchener Saturday p.m. and left there this morning to visit relatives further west. Pastor Maurer preached in First English yesterday morning and evening. I heard him in the morning. In the evening I preached in St. Matthew’s, Kitchener, to a fairly large congregation on a hot Summer evening.

(Page 2)

The Board met here last Wednesday and call Rev. Willison as Professor in the College. He is not my choice as I do not think he has the requisite qualifications and I do not think he would have been chosen had he not been a member of the Board. However, I will have to make the best of it under the circumstances, but as I told President Maurer, I will not be responsible for results when the Board foists unfit men upon the faculty. I succeeded, however, in having him called as professor instead of principal and to this extent have the management of the College in my own hands. Prof. Holm, the assistant professor is also out of date. So we don’t have very good tools to work with. We will still need an extra instructor and I hope to have the Board provide for securing the services of Rev. Zinck for two or three days out of the week. The Board purchased a house and lot across the street from the Seminary and we will move into it shortly. It is a fine house newly painted, papered and renovated inside and filled out with all modern conveniences. It is not as large as this one and yet amply large for our family. This house will be fitted up for two families and will be occupied by Profs. Willison and Holm. They have been waiting to divide it ever since

(Page 3)

I have been here, but we were not agreed to it. It is too large for one family but not big enough for two and as it was never intended for a double house, it will be spoiled by dividing it. But as I don’t have to live in it, that is not my affair. The house purchased cost the Board $4000, but could not be built for less than $6000. It will be much cozier for Bonnie than our present palatial residence. The location is also fine and convenient to the Seminary. It is heated with hot water throughout and we can use gas for the kitchen stove. It is built of yellow brick like this house and has the same kind of leaded glass bay windows. It contains at least 10 rooms though they [?] smaller than these. I think it can be heated on 10 T. of coal a year as over against 24 for this one. The yard is well shaded, and smaller, so I will not have so much lawn to mow. I don’t know just when we will move, but hope to get in it by the first of Sept. Next Sunday I will again resume preaching in First English and continue regularly until a permanent pastor is secured. It makes hard work for me, but I need the money it brings. Rev. Murray has written that he will speak at Riverside at the Seminary Rally on Aug. 28th. I am anxious to see him there. If Rev. Maurer is not called to Kitchener, he may stand a

(Page 4)

show for First English. The matter has been placed entirely in my hands. I expect or rather intend first of all to propose Pastor Maurer’s name. If he is accepted that will end it; but if not, I think I will propose Pastor Murray. To-day is a civic holiday. It is being celebrated by a picnic and games in the park. My boys are down and Carolus is going to enter for some of the running races. On Friday evening the annual “Tattoo" was held in the Park. There were six bands in attendance and fire works galore trapeze performances and other interesting things. All the family were down except myself and Robert. It kept up until 11 o’clock in the night.

Carolus and Herman received a card from Mabel to-day [written] as she was on the point of leaving Chicago for home. Bonnie also received a letter from Minnie informing her that Max and Louise and baby are coming up soon and that he has secured passes for their trip. My tomatoes are ripening rapidly in this hot weather. The corn, I think, will be ready for use in another week. My potatoes are nice and large and we have been using them for a week. But I must close. With much love to all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

Carroll H. Little

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 5, 1918


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on August 5, 1918. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada. He describes the annual Tattoo held in Waterloo Park, and the family's upcoming move to their new residence at 177 Albert Street in Waterloo.