Letter from C.H. Little to Candace Little, December 14, 1924


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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 February 6, 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. In this letter, Little describes his role on the Merger Committee, preparing for the formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada; the weather; the family's preparations for Christmas; the financial situation at the Seminary; and the children's success at school.
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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 July 2013.
Date of Original:
Dec. 14, 1924
Dimensions:
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
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RG-102.13_1.26.22
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, 14 December 1924, 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, Ont.,} Dec. 14, 1924.

Dear Mother:

I will try to write you a few lines again to-night. It hardly seems a week since I wrote you last, but time passes very rapidly when one is busy, and I was more than usually busy last week on account of giving two nights on Committee work in connection with the Merger. However, the worst of that is over now and I think one more meeting of the full committee will fix up everything that is necessary to the accomplishment of the merger by the two Synods at their meetings next June. As I was head of the Constitution and By-Law Committees I succeeded in giving these documents the stamp of strict conservative Lutheranism and have so far succeeded in carrying through the Merger Committee every contentious clause. We expect to hold the final meeting of the Merger Comm. early in January. The Seminary and College are in dire financial straits just now – about $9000 behind on current expenses. For some time it has looked quite doubtful as to whether we would get our monthly salaries, but so far they have come regularly. The Board is meeting I think some day this week to devise ways and means of financing. The institution has become too large to depend altogether on the Synodical apportionments and the Tuition fees. Just at this season it is particularly hard going as most of the apportionments do not come in till toward the end of the school year. We are now

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looking forward to our Christmas vacation. We will close on Friday of this week and will reopen on Tues. Jan’y 6th. This week will be largely devoted to examinations, though of these I will have only one. I haven’t reached the stage as yet when I care to examine the student on any more subjects.

Everything begins to look like Christmas. I received one present already – 4 bottles of Ginger Ale from the Kuntz Brewery. I am saving it as well as most of my beer for Christmas. I think I have about 70 bottles of beer left from my Sept. or October brew. But I don’t know how much cider still remains in the barrel. My Elderberry blossom wine – which I have merely sampled - is as beautiful and fine as could be desired. If I can I will keep that till next summer. Last week we had snow every day, I think, from Monday on, but only in squalls so that till yesterday it barely covered the ground. But since yesterday it has been stormy with high winds and very cold. I had to shovel snow twice to-day, a.m. and p.m. and will probably have to repeat the process to-morrow. Down Jefferson St. I had an embankment about 5 ft. deep and 30 or 40 ft. long to shovel out. It looks like a railway cut down that street now. Mrs. Bockelmann sent Eileen a pretty dress for Christmas. The children in the Sunday Schools are getting ready for their concerts. Some of our children have parts. Arthur and Marion are running pretty close on their examinations, Arthur being a few points ahead so far. He was very strongly in the lead till Marion best him on [?] arithmetic. He came home the other day and said his teacher said “You are a boy of application”. He got down the dictionary and said he had to look up that big word to see what it means. He came to the conclusion that she meant that he was a [?] student. Well, I will have to stop at this point. With much love to you all,

I am

Most Sincerely yours

Carroll H. Little

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Letter from C.H. Little to Candace Little, December 14, 1924


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on February 6, 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. In this letter, Little describes his role on the Merger Committee, preparing for the formation of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada; the weather; the family's preparations for Christmas; the financial situation at the Seminary; and the children's success at school.