Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 24, 1932
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Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Little, Candace
, Recipient
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Correspondence
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on April 24, 1932. 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 discusses Carolus' photography business, the weather, swimming in the creek, Ruth's birthday and a conversation between Frederick and Bonnie.
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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 Emily Neeb in 2017 for DH300 - Digital Humanities: Digital Editing and Publishing.
Date of Original
April 24, 1932
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Image Width: 21cm
Image Height: 28cm
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RG-102.13_1.34.9
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
English
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections
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U242 Disc15
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada

Rev. J. Rebel, President 104 Hughson St. Hamilton, ONT.

Rev. J. Maurer, D.D.., Vice-President 49 Irvin St., Kitchener, ONT.

Rev. H. Schorten, D.D.., German Secretary 170 Albert Street, Waterloo, ONT.

Rev. C.H. Little, D.D., S.T.D., English Secretary 177 Albert Street, Waterloo, ONT.

Rev. E. Holm, Treasurer Conestogo, ONT.}

April 24, 1932

Dear Mother:

Your most welcome and highly interesting letter was received a day or two after I wrote you last week; and, as your letters always are, was greatly enjoyed. I will spend a little time this afternoon in endeavouring to answer it. Last week for a couple days we had almost summer weather. It was so warm that I let the furnace fire go out. But yesterday a cold wave came along and I had to kindle it up again. To-day is nice, bright, and sunshiny, but the air is still cool. I took advantage of the fine weather last week to walk out to the creek for a dip and found the water nice and warm – almost too warm: there was no “kick” to it. They still have the water out of the lake in the park, which shuts off swimming there. A little while ago I had a set of horseshoe with Robert, as a result of which I am no longer champion. He got two games out of three. This is not surprising seeing he made as many as six ringers in a game. But I am “game” still, and not yet ready to give up. I am enclosing a snap

(Page 2)

of Frederick taken by Carolus to-day. It was taken down at Carolus’ shack on the Henkel premises and is a sorry background; but Frederick’s expression is good and perfectly natural. He wanted me to send this to his “grandmommy”. To show a sample of his brightness and readiness at repartee, I must give you a conversation between him and his mother yesterday. Bonnie said to him, “Frederick do you know how old you are?” He replied, “Three years.” Bonnie said, “No, you are half past three.” Quick as a flash he said “I am not a clock.” Carolus has not been doing anything worthwhile in the picture taking or developing line. But he took a number of snaps of the athletic performance at the College yesterday and so far has orders for some 200 pictures in consequence of which he is quite encouraged and thinks he is on the line to success and that his prosperity is just around the corner. He also got an order for some pictures from the First English Lutheran Sunday School with the assurance of more provided these turn out O.K. I hope that with the coming of summer and fine weather he will be able to do something worth while, unless in the meantime, he should strike another job. As to pursuing the correspondence course on Accountancy, that is altogether out of the question on account of lack of funds. Such courses cost money, and like his father he has none.

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Herman does look a little thin in that picture which was due to his long and hard siege of ear trouble. He is, however, picking up again and looks better now. He expects to get his B.A. on May 27, ie if I can raise the $15 for his diploma; and I hope to take Bonnie down to the convocation in London on that date. Ruth has a birthday on the 26th, Tuesday next. I think she will be 13, but I wouldn’t be sure, as it may be Eileen that is around that age, in which event Ruth would be about 11. I was sorry to hear of Mr. [?] death, though he must have reached a ripe old age. I remember him quite well, but do not recall your schoolmate Mrs. Bost. Bonnie is feeling fairly good this week and friends who saw her at the Athletic show yesterday thought that she was looking remarkably well. But I must close for this time. With lots of love and all good wishes, I am as ever most sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 24, 1932


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on April 24, 1932. 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 discusses Carolus' photography business, the weather, swimming in the creek, Ruth's birthday and a conversation between Frederick and Bonnie.