Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 15, 1919

Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Little, Candace
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on June 15, 1919. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ont.
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:
June 15,1919
Width: 20.5 cm
Height: 32.5 cm
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Waterloo, Ont.,

June 15, 1919.

Dear Mother:

We are having some extremely hot weather again. It is almost too hot to write or to do anything that is not absolutely necessary, but I will try any way to swelter out a few lines to you to-night. It was hot and dry all last week and we haven’t had a drop of rain since last Sunday. However, the drouth has not been long enough to affect the garden stuff which looks fine as yet. We have had lettuce and radishes out of our own garden for some time now and an abundance of rhubarb. The latter though is not doing much since the dry weather set in. My corn, onions, tomatoes, salsify, carrots, beets and beans are growing nicely as are also the vines, but the bugs are almost taking the potatoes and I’m afraid by the time I get home from Synod this week there won’t be much left of them but the stems. But if the potato bugs want the potatoes worse than I do I guess they will have to take them. I never saw them so bad as they are this year. Our Synod begins Tuesday – with Executive meeting which I must attend on Monday evening – and will continue till Friday morning inclusive. Then will come on Tuesday the 24th the Women’s Missionary Society convention to be followed by the Summer School from the 25th to the 27th. So you see stormy times are ahead and somewhat busy days. Our Synod will convene at Galt about 10 miles from here. I am on for an address on “The Seminary” before the combined German and English Synods on Thursday night at Preston, 3 miles this side of Galt where the Canada Synode meets. I don’t know how I will fare before the assembled dignitaries

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of two languages, but hope to hold up the standard and keep the colors flying and “never let the old flag fall”. If I don’t forget it I will enclose a program of our Summer School which has been well written up in good advertising style by Pastor Beckman. After the Summer School the Board of Governors will hold another meeting, Dr. Hoffmann having again declined the call to the Presidency of our institution. I don’t know what they will do, but the probability is that it will be the action indicated in my last letter. In that case I think I will strike them for at least $100 increase in my salary, which is necessary and which I think they will hardly refuse. I am also going to recommend that they call an additional professor for the College, which is absolutely necessary if we are to carry out the course which they have already authorized. Last week Bonnie had the dressmaker here and fitted herself and Marion out with dresses, silks and satins and other finery. Marion was so proud of her frocks that she stayed with me for German service this morning after Sunday School. I don’t think she got much out of it, but it enabled her to show off her dress to a greater admiring audience than was to be had in the Sunday School. She said, however, that she sang the ‘amen’s’.

We are expecting Pastor and Mrs. Bermon to-morrow, though we have had no definite word concerning their coming since he left last time. Mrs. Bermon will stay here while he goes with me to the Synod. As he will stay around till after the Board meeting they will be here probably for about two weeks. During the hot weather of the past week the boys Carolus and Herman have been going in the lake swimming nearly every day. I haven’t been in yet this season but hope to take advantage of it after the commotions are all over. I will have to go out East canvasing for students some time during the vacation,

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but I don’t know just when it will be yet. Pastor Bermon has me booked for an address at a rally he is holding at Riverside, but I haven’t been informed as yet as to the date. Pastor Maurer was out the other day with Paul looking after his end of the garden. He was later than I in getting it planted, so it is not as far along as mine, but it is also looking very well. Pastor Maurer is in better health now than he has been for years and is fully recovered from his operation. Prof. Willison’s however, are a sickly crowd. They have tonsalitis one after another and by the time it has gone the rounds they start in again. Bonnie is very much afraid that our children will contract it as they are always playing together, but they haven’t shown any signs of it as yet. Prof. Willison had his tonsils cut out, but it doesn’t seem to have helped him much. He also had the tonsils removed from one of the children, but she gets the tonsillitis just the same. At present Mrs. Willison and the oldest girl are both in bed with it.

We are looking forward with anticipation of great pleasure to your visit with us and we hope that you will enjoy it. I don’t promise you, however, any cooler weather than you have in the South. It gets very hot here in Ontario in the Summer time, and if the weather keeps up as it has started out this year will be a record breaker. But you will see a different country from what you saw in Nova Scotia. This part of Canada is progressive and is industrial rather than a farming and fishing [?]. When you come don’t bother to exchange your American money for Canadian. The American money goes here everywhere at par and is in fact worth about 8 ½ per cent more than Canadian money.

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I had to send Clarence $36.00 to cover the $35 I borrowed from him, and even then I don’t know whether he came out even or not as I just guessed at the exchange. The tremendous expenditure for the war put a kink in our money. Bonnie and the boys went down to Church to-night. A Mr. Gerhordt, a layman representing the Lutheran Brotherhood of the United Church was to speak, making an address on the subject. They haven’t got back yet, so I don’t know whether he was good or not. I always go to the German service mornings and Bonnie and the boys go to the English in the evening. We are having pictures made of our present residence and I will send you one this week so you will know the place when you get here. Well, I don’t know of anything else of interest, so I will close. With love and best wishes to all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 15, 1919

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on June 15, 1919. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ont.