Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 15, 1932
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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 May 15, 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 the weather, the upcoming Synod convention and his position as secretary, the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, and a conversation between Frederick and Dr. Schorten. He also discusses his financial situation, and his refusal to accept a 5% salary reduction.
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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 Mira Busscher in 2017 for DH300 - Digital Humanities: Digital Editing and Publishing.
Date of Original
May 15, 1932
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Image Width: 21cm
Image Height: 28cm
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RG-102.13_1.34.11
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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English
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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{Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada

{Rev. J. Reble, 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.}

May 15, 1932

Dear Mother,

Bonnie received your card toward the end of last week, the box of goods having arrived a short time previous. She directs me to thank you for your part in the matter and thinks she will be able to make over some of the things for some of the children. We are having real summer weather now. It set in all of a sudden Friday morning and has continued consistently since. Before that time I had to keep the furnace going constantly. But for the last couple of days, you can almost see the leaves coming out on the trees. If this weather continues they should be almost full grown by the time I write you next week. I walked down to Bridgeport this morning. Before I had gone very far I had to take off my coat and carry it in my arm, and was so sweaty when I got there that I concluded to ride back on the street car. This was the first time I had taken the street car in about a year. The result was not very encouraging, as I was a half hour late in getting home for dinner. But, of course, I am not as tired as I would have been if I had walked both ways. We had four extra for dinner

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to-day and five extra for supper. We nearly always have open house on Sunday. On account of the extra work Bonnie did not get off to Church tonight. She is feeling very well and less frequently gets blue spells. I think she will be O.K., if she ever gets back to the hospital and is fixed up again. We are now in the midst of our examinations in Seminary and College. I have held three so far and have five more this week. The seminary graduations will be held on the evening of May 23rd. Then the year’s work will be done. I have no plans for the summer, but will likely stay at home, work in my garden, and keep Bridgeport supplied. You suggested some time ago that you might fly up here some time. It would be a nice, easy trip; but I doubt if you could get all the way. You should, however, be able to get as far as Buffalo, which is only about 100 miles away. The flying machines from our Kitchener-Waterloo field have been making the air lively since good weather set in. They didn’t in fact let up last winter at all, and there wasn’t a week in which they did not go up. But they have been much more frequent of late. We are looking forward now to the coming meeting of synod. Dr. Schorten and I have the Bulletins published and distributed, which covers about half the minutes. If we are re-elected secretaries, we will have at least that much of our work done. I would be

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glad to be relieved of the secretary’s job, if it were not for the one-hundred-dollar honorarium that I get out of it. That helps me to meet expenses each year, and without it, I do not know what I would do. All the other professors took a reduction of 5% on their salaries; but I declined as even with my honorarium and Bridgeport, I can barely make ends meet. We were all shocked, although not greatly surprized, to hear the kidnappers had made away with the Lindbergh baby. We got the news over our radio a couple hours after the discovery. It was a devilish crime, horrible and inhuman beyond expression. Frederick went over to Dr. Schorten’s yesterday, knocked on the door and asked him if he had any candy. He said, “Yes, a little bit”, and, showing him what was on the saucer on the table, said “That is all that is left.” Frederick looks at it and said “Well, I guess I will take the rest.” Dr. Schorten thought it a great joke. But I must close for this time. With love and all good wishes, I am

Most sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 15, 1932


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on May 15, 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 the weather, the upcoming Synod convention and his position as secretary, the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, and a conversation between Frederick and Dr. Schorten. He also discusses his financial situation, and his refusal to accept a 5% salary reduction.