Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 8, 1933
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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 8, 1933. 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 the effects of the Depression on the church in Bridgeport, and the Little family.
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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 Jamie Lutwak in 2017 for DH300 - Digital Humanities: Digital Editing and Publishing.
Date of Original
Jan. 8, 1933
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Image Width: 21cm
Image Height: 28cm
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RG-102.13_1.35.2
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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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Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections
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{EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN SYNOD OF CANADA

REV. J. REBLE, D. D. PRESIDENT

104 HUGHSON ST. N., HAMILTON, ONT.

REV. N. WILLISON, B.A., B.D., LITT D. VICE-PRESIDENT

18 VICTORIA AVE. S., HAMILTON, ONT.

REV. H. R. MOSIG, GERMAN SECRETARY

NEW HAMBURG, ONT.

REV. C. H. LITTLE, B.A., D.D., S.T.D., ENGLISH SEC'Y

177 ALBERT STREET, WATERLOO, ONT.

REV. E. HOLM, TREASURER

CONOSTOGO, ONT. } Jan. 8, 1933

Dear Mother:

Your nice, long and interesting letter was received a few days ago, and was read with much pleasure. I will endeavour is give you a few lines by way of reply to-day. I preached down at Bridgeport this morning and intended after service to hold the annual congregational meeting. But the attendance was small, there being only 22 present; and of these, there were only three voting members, only males 21 years of age and over being eligible to vote. So the meeting had to be postponed. The depression has hit the congregation rather hard, and financial contributions have fallen off to such an extent that the probabilities are that the services will soon have to be cut in half and that I will soon be preaching there only twice a month instead of every Sunday. We were glad to hear that you liked our group so well. I had it made largely on your account. We think the pictures are about as good as could be expected considering the material the photographer

(page 2)

had to work upon. We had a letter from Blanche, in which she went into ecstasies over it; also a formal note of thanks from Florence, in which she condescended to say that the pleasure was “nice.” Aside from these we have had no comment except from our ex-step mother, Mrs. J. B. DeLong, who spoke of it as a picture of “the royal family”, whatever that means. We were glad to hear that you had passed a pleasant Christmas and had entered upon the New Year in a fair state of health. “May you live long and prosper,” is our wish for you. I was sorry to hear of the passing of cousin Essie Jones. It was nice though in her boys to treat her so decently and give her so fine a burial. I should imagine Uncle Cephas would be pretty poorly by this time. He will probably not last much longer, and poor Aunt Dora’s days are also probably pretty nearly numbered. She hadn’t much to live for and it will doubtless prove a blessed release to her when she passes. In addition to Eileen’s letter enclosed, I am sending you one from Frederick. He talks every day of his grandmother and seems to thinks a great deal of you. He said I should send you his letter and see what you would say. He is so original about everything. The other day he got angry at Robert and he said, “I don’t like you: I wish you weren’t a member of this family.”

(page 3)

He told his mother as they were coming down the steps yesterday, “I love you, mother: I love you every day.” We started school Tuesday and are now well in the harness again. We will just teach this week and beginning with next week we will have two weeks of examinations for the first semester. The financial situation is getting worse instead of better. I, however, got my cheque for December last week. But I was the only one that got it. The U. L. C. A. in forms us that they will have to cut down their appropriation to all educational institutions. So we will get less there; and I don’t know how we will be able to get through the year. When I first presented my cheque at the bank, they refused to cash it, but did so the next day. The situation is precarious, and I do not know how soon it will be before we will have to apply to go on the ‘relief’; but we are all hoping for the best. I preached in our chapel on Friday an Epiphany sermonette, which went over quite nicely. I don’t think I have any more news, so I will close.

With 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, January 8, 1933


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on January 8, 1933. 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 the effects of the Depression on the church in Bridgeport, and the Little family.