Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 21, 1919


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Creators:
Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Little, Candace
, Recipient
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Text
Item Type:
Correspondence
Description:
Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on December 21, 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, Ontario. Includes information about the family skating together in Waterloo Park and on the Seminary rink, plans for the Christmas celebration, and Emil Beckman's funeral.
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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. 21, 1919
Dimensions:
Width: 16.3 cm
Height: 26 cm
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Local identifier:
U242_1.21.21
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, 21 December 1919, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Wilfrid Laurier University
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Full Text

{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College

Waterloo, Ontario}

Dec. 21, 1919.

Dear Mother:-

As a good opportunity presents itself for writing to you again I suppose I had better embrace it. I didn’t have to preach to-day and Bonnie and the boys have gone to Church to-night and the little ones are all in bed. So I have the house all to myself and quietness reigns supreme. We closed our school on Friday evening and are enjoying at present our Christmas vacation which will last till Jan’y 6. It comes good to have a little rest and respite for breathing after a long and strenuous course of teaching. I felt pretty tired by Friday evening and [?] enjoy our vacation period. We have had a long spell of very cold weather. The thermometer registered around 10° below zero nearly every night this week, and some days it scarcely got above zero all day. Last night, however, it began to moderate and to-day has been comparatively mild. Our water pipes froze up two nights last week but we succeeded in opening them up by

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lighting our oilstove in the cellar. [?] had to keep the furnace at full blast in order keep the house warm and it took lots of coal. We have, however, very little snow, but the skating is good. The boys and I were down on the lake yesterday and this afternoon we spent about two hours on the rink which the students have made back of the Seminary. The boys and I are getting to be pretty good skaters and we can get over the ice at a lively rate. As it was nice and mild to-day we took the little ones out on the ice too, Marion, Arthur and Robert. Marion and Arthur are bound I shall get them skates for Christmas and I suppose I will have to do so. Father DeLong sent us $20.00 for a Christmas present, $2 for myself and $3 for each of the children. He [?] Bonnie the Ladies’ Home Journal. This [?] will help to buy the children’s presents [?] that I will not need to spend much myself upon them. Mrs. J.B. also sent a few little trinkets for the children and a photo of herself and Lynton. The photo is good and more than does her justice. Bonnie got her presents off yesterday to her people at New Germany and St. John. The children were down to the Church this afternoon

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to practice the Christmas Service. They are only in the songs this year and have no separate parts. I am just as well satisfied as we don’t have to get them any extra clothing. I was down at the Market yesterday morning and bought among other things two heads of cabbage about the size of baseballs at 10₵ the head. Our neighbour Mr. Beadox gave us a Christmas tree this year. They are selling this year from 75₵ up. We have a real nice one and the boys are already after me to put it up. Marion was with me down to Church this morning. She always says the Lord’s Prayer [?] attempts to sing the hymns. She catches [?] rapidly to the German. She was guessing about something Mrs. DeLong sent her this afternoon and I spelled the German word [?] German and she caught it at once and called it out and translated it. She can pick up almost anything and read it and can write and figure real well. Prof. Dr. Schaeffer went home yesterday morning and will remain in Phila till we open up again. The trip will be quite expensive to him on account of the heavy discount on Canadian money

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unless he has funds in the States [?] can draw upon. The discount lately [?] been ranging from 10 to 12%. Prof. Willison buried Rev. Beckmann at Hamilton on [?]. Mrs. Mitchell and her son who had gone out to Winnipeg to keep house for Pastor Beckmann returned to Galt. The young man will probably come back to the College after Christmas. The Seminary Board will meet on the 30th, but unless Mrs. Bermon makes a change pretty soon I hardly think Pastor Bermon will be here. Mrs. Bermon continues just about the same. Pastor Bockelmann preached again to-day. His voice isn’t any too good but he got along fairly well. He announced an early service (8 a.m.) on Christmas day. Nearly all the boys are gone from the [Seminary?]. I think there are just four left. [?] stay in the Seminary during the holidays [?] will all think of you during this [?] and all the family join [?] you a very merry Christmas and a [?] New Year. With love and all good [wishes?]

I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

P.S. Our rooster died several days ago leaving three hens to mourn his departure. I don’t know whether it was the frost or the lice that killed him. But the fact remains that the fine looking fowl is gone. CHL

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 21, 1919


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on December 21, 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, Ontario. Includes information about the family skating together in Waterloo Park and on the Seminary rink, plans for the Christmas celebration, and Emil Beckman's funeral.