Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 2, 1919

Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Little, Candace
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on September 2, 1919. 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 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:
Sept. 2,1919
Width: 16.5 cm
Height: 25 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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Carroll Herman Little letter, 2 September 1919, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Wilfrid Laurier University
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177 Albert St.,

Waterloo, Ont.,

Sept. 2nd, 1919.

Dear Mother:

As I have a little more time to-night than I will likely have during the rest of the week, I thought I would try to write you a few lines. We opened up our College to-day and had a most auspicious opening. We enrolled twelve new students and have another for to-morrow morning with several other new ones still to come in. Most of the old College students are back and the rest will be in between this and the last of September. Only four of the Seminary boys are back as yet, but I think they too will all be in around the middle of Sept. By the end of the month I think our enrollment will reach 50, which will be a record breaker for us. Dr. Schaeffer the new Prof. elect has not yet formally signified his acceptance, but I think that is a foregone conclusion. In case he comes the two boys who were talking of going to Chicago will stay with us. We never had so many new

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students at once before and I consider that the credit of getting them belongs to me more largely than to any of the other professors. This year ought to be easier for us with practically two new professors, but owing to the increase in the course we will all have more periods than last year. A tentative schedule shows 34 periods apiece for each professor per week. I will have considerably more teaching in the College department this year than I did last year. I don’t especially fancy it but have to do it in order to help out. Besides the 13 new students we will have the army students who were here year before last but were not here last year on account of being drafted into the army. The place begins to look quite lively with all the young boys around. We had an informal opening this morning. I conducted the service and made the address. Then I announced the formal opening to be held in St. John’s Church later on occasion of the installation of the new Professors Schaeffer and Zinck. By that time the students will be all in and we will make quite a

showing. The rooms in the Attic are

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being fixed up for rooms for the students. They will accommodate 20 or more and the likelihood now is that they will all be used. I feel quite encouraged that the College is turning out so well. I just got back home yesterday afternoon from my Sherwood-Unionville trip. I preached on the Seminary and College and Christian Education in general and made a fine impression. I don’t think I ever preached more forcefully and the people seemed more than pleased. It was the first time I had preached in that parish. They paid me $15, which gave me $10 over and above expenses. With this month my increased pay begins. From this out I will get $1500 a year and I hope they will see fit to increase it to where I can get a comfortable living next year. Bonnie said I should tell you that Max’s baby has been born. It was a girl and a big one according to his report, weighing 10 lbs. It lacked only 1 ½ hrs. of having Arthur’s birthday, being born early in the morning of Aug. 21. Our four children started to school this morning. Arthur thinks he is as big as any of them now that he is going to school with the crowd and Robert

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already talking about going and what he is going to do when he goes to school. He is still “father’s boy any how”. Marion is so pleased with her new book that she takes it to bed with her and keeps it under her pillow. Bonnie has 12 jars of tomatoes done now and is at present attempting some jelly, though she says she doesn’t think it is going to be as good as yours was, and is fearful that she will have to boil it over. A card from Mabel received while I was away said the trunk went through O.K. I presume she meant your trunk. I am having a great deal to do just now getting the boys settled and assigned to rooms and looking after the building operations in Prof. Zinck’s house and the Seminary building. The weather Sunday was almost too cold for comfort but since then it has moderated and been very fine. I don’t think we will have any more hot days this year.

We think of you often and of Mabel and appreciate your visit with us. It is a pleasant memory to be cherished. I suppose that by this time you are quite settled down again and are telling your friends of your visit to the land of the Eskimos. But I must close. With love and kisses, I am Most Sincerely yours, [signed] Carroll H. Little.

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 2, 1919

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on September 2, 1919. 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 in Waterloo, Ont.