Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 5, 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 June 5, 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 Synod convention, Herman's job search, Carolus' photography business, and air travel.
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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 Brianne Desmarais in 2017 for DH300 - Digital Humanities: Digital Editing and Publishing.
Date of Original
June 5, 1932
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Image Width: 21cm
Image Height: 28cm
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RG-102.13_1.34.12
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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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Full Text

{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.}

June 5, 1932.

Dear Mother:

As this is Sunday afternoon again and bright and sunshiny and hot, I shall stay inside where it is a little cooler and fill in the time by writing you a few lines. Synod is over, for which I am duly thankful. It was a strenuous time. The first day or so went along fairly leisurely, and the men talked to hear themselves talk; but on the third and last day they rushed things through like lightning and adjourned on Friday night around 8 o’clock. As no provision was made for meals on Saturday, they just had to get through or starve. I was very tired when it was over, having scarcely had time to smoke, eat, or drink. So Dr. Schorten and I decided we wouldn’t begin work on our minutes until to-morrow. The synod elected a full delegation to the U.L.C.A. convention, but not a representative one. The nominating committee adopted as a rule that they would not send any man, with the exception of the president, who had attended the convention before. Consequently they put all new names on the slate, their view apparently was that this

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is a picnic, and every fellow must be given a turn. I doubt if there is a man on the list who will open his mouth at the convention except to vote ‘aye’ or ‘no’. I say this from no personal disappointment, as I did not expect to get on this time. I was re-elected secretary and so also was Dr. Schorten. There were only scattering votes against either of us. There was a movement, however, to escheat us of our honoraria of $100 each, by a motion ‘requesting’ all recipients of ‘honoraria’ in view of the hard times, to return them to the Treasurer in whole or in part. I spoke to the synod very emphatically against the motion and closed with the statement that the synod had voted me an honorarium and I expected them to pay it. This settles the question and the motion was struck out of the report. A great deal of time was taken up with the financial affairs of the Seminary and College; and the synod passed a number of resolutions which if followed up, should relieve the situation somewhat. Dr. Willison was elected Vice- President of synod in place of Dr. Maurer, who refused to stand for re-election. I supported Dr. Willison for this position. I had an idea that if he was made vice-President his ambitions would be set in a different direction. My surmise was correct; for later on in the convention, he resigned from the seminary board. I imagine he thought his resignation

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would not be accepted; but it was, and Pastor Schmieder was elected in his place. I will say, however, that Dr. Willison was on his good behavior during the past year, and made no trouble. I am thinking that when Dr. Neurdorffer learns of this, he will be sorry that he left Waterloo for India last year. I am sending you under separate cover a copy of the College Cord giving pictures of the graduates and other interesting matter about them. Herman was around Kitchener and Waterloo looking for a job, but found them as scarce as hens’ teeth. The only job he has had so far was cleaning our cellar for which he received one dollar. Carolus and Alvin Pauli, another graduate, have embarked in the picture developing business and have set up down street. Mr. Pauli furnishes the funds and Carolus, the brains of the undertaking. It is an experiment, and we hope the boys will make good with it. We have now regular connections with Toronto by air-plane; and as Toronto has regular service to and from Buffalo and New York City, it should be quite feasible for you, if you have the money, to fly from Washington to New York and then to Toronto and Waterloo. So we will be hoping for you to pay us a “flying

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visit” sometime this summer. I expect to send Bonnie back to the hospital to be fixed up either this week or next, depending on the time I can arrange with the doctors. I don’t think she would need to stay there longer than a week at the outset, and I am in good hopes that she will be O.K. when her wound is sewed up and has healed. She is looking very well and has fattened up considerably, though I wouldn’t say that she weighs 178 lbs. yet. I kegged my first lot of wine (Dandelion) last week. It promises to be good stuff. I still have a little elderberry from last year and a few gallons of cider. But I must close. 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, June 5, 1932


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on June 5, 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 Synod convention, Herman's job search, Carolus' photography business, and air travel.