C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 28, 1920
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 28, 1920. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary in Waterloo, Ontario; the shortage of ministers in the Synod; Christmas preparations; and the weather.
Carroll Herman Little (1872-1958) was a Lutheran pastor, and a professor and administrator at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (later Waterloo Lutheran Seminary; now Martin Luther University College) 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.

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 Josephine, and John Frederick.

Carroll Herman Little died in Waterloo, Ontario on March 31, 1958.

-- Letter transcribed by Michael Skelton in 2012.
Date of Original
Nov.28, 1920
Width: 21.3 cm
Height: 27.2 cm
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
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Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 28 November 1919, RG-102.13, File 1.22.3, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

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{The Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Central Canada}

Waterloo, Ont.,

Nov. 28, 1920.

Dear Mother:

As it was a week ago to-night since I wrote you last I will try to give you a few lines again to-night. Bonnie and the boys have gone to Church and I have the little ones all in bed, so the coast is clear. The weather, however, is far from being so. Early this morning we had sunshine for about two hours. It was the first glimpse of any of the heavenly luminaries that we had had for ten days. During this period neither sun, moon nor stars appeared. We thought this morning we were going to have a fine day for a change, but it soon clouded over again and became like the preceding days. It rained or snowed every day last week but was mostly wet snow. We still have some of the snow that fell a week or so ago though the ground is hard in spots. The weather is very unusual for this climate. There has been one redeeming factor though: it has not been very cold and has been a saving on the coal bin.

I don’t know whether I told you that Bonnie took the fur lining of her fur coat and had a fur coat made for Marion out of it. It was just finished last week and is a beauty and Marion is as proud as Lucifer over it, as she may well be. The woman who made it up charged $10 for the making of it. The lining, buttons etc.

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cost five dollars more, but a coat like it probably could not be bought for $50. We had it made large so that it will probably last her for two or three winters. Marion wore it down to Church this morning and to Sunday School this afternoon and was the envy of all the little girls of her age. The children are now all pretty well fitted out with winter coats except the baby and Bonnie plans to turn Marion’s little red coat and make it over for her. Pastor Bockelmann preached this morning an Advent sermon, taking as his text the 93rd Psalm. He seemed to preach with his old time vigour and if he holds up at this rate I think he will be able to continue his services in this parish. To-night The Every member canvassing Committee is to make its report. It ought to result in a large increase in funds. I heard last week that the Morrisburg Parish had extended a call to Rev. Wahl of the Conquerall Parish in Nova Scotia. He would suit the Morrisburg people fine if they could get him, but I hardly think that he will accept their call. Rev. Hauser of Lunenburg was to preach his farewell sermon at Lunenburg to-day. He is going back to Pennsylvania, having accepted a call to some parish there. I don’t know what Lunenburg will do. Imagine they will call Rev. Wahl. At least they intimated to him that in case Rev. Hauser left they would extend a call to him. Some of them, I understand, want Prof. Zinck, but I don’t think he would leave here yet awhile anyway. Another of the ministers in the Canada Synod has retired, Rev. Remby of Hamilton. This makes 13 vacancies in our two synods and we have only six men in our graduating class this year. I don’t

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know what we will do if things keep going this way. The Seniors are practically all booked for the Christmas vacation supplying various places in our two synods. Mr. Gartung will go to Morrisburg, Jacobi to Dunbar and Howald to Unionville. The other three will supply in the Canada Synod. Everything has been moving along like clockwork in the institution. Next week we will begin our College examinations. Outside of French, however, they do not concern me, as I have only religious subjects in the College on which no examination is held. I haven’t seen Dr. Maurer for a couple weeks. I haven’t got down to Kitchener and he hasn’t got up here. I believe he has a considerable increase in his family now. Mrs. Rohrig and her two little boys and Miss Eleanor Moorehouse were expected about two weeks ago. These with Ruth and Carl Maurer will give them quite a houseful. St. John’s Sunday School will begin practicing their service Monday night. Marion says she is going to take a piece. I wanted Arthur to but he is somewhat shy and holds back. The children are all quite religious and take a great interest in Sunday School and Bible Stories and know a great deal about the Bible. They all want Bibles for Christmas except Carolus who got his last year. I guess I will have to try to provide Herman, Marion and Arthur. Marion can read the Bible as fluently as anybody. I haven’t started her off on memorizing yet but Carolus and Herman have their portions every Sunday. But I must close. With love to all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 28, 1920

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 28, 1920. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary in Waterloo, Ontario; the shortage of ministers in the Synod; Christmas preparations; and the weather.