Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 23, 1921


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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 January 23, 1921. Little describes family life with 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. Little describes his new niece, vacancies in the Canada Synod, and the new Common Service Book.
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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.
Date of Original:
Jan. 23, 1921
Dimensions:
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
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Local identifier:
U242_1.23.4
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, 23 January 1921, 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}

Jan’y 23rd 1921.

Dear Mother:-

While Bonnie and the boys are at Church and the little Littles are in bed, the coast being thus clear, I will endeavour to write you a few lines again. Things have been moving along absolutely without incident and there isn't much to write about but maybe by hook or crook I can scare up a page or so, if not of news, at least of gossip. The weather has been about the only changeable thing around here. Monday morning last it was from 6 to 10° below zero but began to moderate Tuesday and by Wednesday we had a regular January thaw with plenty of slush and some rain. To-day opened up considerably colder and we had flurries of snow off and on accompanied with high wind. It will probably be colder now for a few days, but the winter has established itself as a mild one and will not likely alter its reputation seriously from this out. Marion has been much better of her cough lately and for some time has coughed hardly any at night. She is also looking better than she did and is not nearly so thin as she used to be, though she still looks a great deal of being as chubby as Eileen. The latter is rosy cheeked and fat and the very picture of health. We had quite a concert while ago after Bonnie and the boys left for Church. Arthur, Robert, Marion and Eileen sang Christmas hymns and they all sang well. Robert has quite an ear for music and can name off any tune that he has heard when one whistles it. Arthur writes real nicely now and quite plain and can write anything. I will try to get him to write you a letter some time.

We received notice Friday of the birth of Leopold and Florences' little daughter. I would have written congratulations to-night but, as I have no stamps on hand, I suppose I will have to postpone it. I wish them much joy

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and happiness in their first born and hope they will have others to follow. I hope too that the dear little thing will survive her second name. It is fearfully and terribly long and equally odd. However I suppose they will call her Florence and she can drop her second name when she gets married, which will be an added incentive not to be an old maid.

You remember Rev. Irschick, the “Russian Prince.” Well, he is at present over at Springfield, O. at the Rev. Prof. Dr. Neve's for the purpose of securing consent of the parents to his marriage to their daughter. I wish him every success. I don’t know whether this will affect his plans for going as a Missionary to India next fall or not. He had offered himself to the Foreign Mission Board for this purpose. But if it should, what would be India’s loss would be Canada's gain, and bi-lingual pastors are badly needed here at present. Students Garting and Jacobi have both formally accepted their Nova Scotia calls. Dunbar, Morrisburg and Unionville are still vacant with no prospects of being filled from our Seminary and the Canada Synod has over a half dozen vacancies. We will have three men in the present Senior class for Canada Synod vacancies and probably a fourth man for the Dunbar vacancy if he will take it. At present we are negotiating with Mr. Oetzel to buy his house and lot as a Professor's residence for Prof. Henkel. I have done all I can do in the matter and have turned the affair over to the building committee. Profs. Willison and Zinck have sent what is practically an ultimatum to the Board asking that their salaries be raised to $1800 a year, the same to be retroactive to Jan’y 1, 1921. I don’t know what the Board will do in the matter, but I imagine that they will have to come to it. I hope, if they do so, that they will raise the other salaries also.

I suppose the next news about infant industries will be from Herbert and Bessie. It seems that Florence beat Bessie to it this trip. Bonnie says she is so big now that she is afraid she will get the twins that Bessie and Herbert are looking for and that if she does she will never go down

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street or look any body in the face again. But I am happy to say she is taking it this time in the very best of spirit and barring occasional heart-burn is in the pink of condition.

I saw in The Lutheran in the last issue a criticism of the new Common Service Book by Dr. R. B. [Peeery]. He took about a half dozen exceptions to it, but though the book is not perfect I do not agree with a single one of his criticisms. The arrangement of the hymnal is excellent and the hymns as a whole are much superior to those of the old Church Book.

Bonnie and I had three games of crokinole this afternoon. She beat me, gaining two out of three, and is consequently the Champion of the house at present. She nearly always beats me on Sundays but can’t do it on week days. I tell her it is because she hasn't quite got over her Sabbatarian samples due to her early training. Well, I have strung my letter out already longer than I expected when I began and will now come to a close. With much love to you all,

I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 23, 1921


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on January 23, 1921. Little describes family life with 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. Little describes his new niece, vacancies in the Canada Synod, and the new Common Service Book.