C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 15, 1922
Description
Creators
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 15, 1922. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; skating on Silver Lake in Waterloo Park and on the Seminary rink; an evening entertaining friends; and St. John's Lutheran Church annual meeting.
Notes
-- Paper watermarked: PROGRESS BOND

-- 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 July 2013.
Date of Original
Jan.15, 1922
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.24.3
Collection
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 15 January 1922, RG-102.13, File 1.24.3, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc12
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Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College

Waterloo, Ontario}

Jan’y 15, ‘22

Dear Mother:-

Your very welcome and highly interesting letter of the 8th inst came duly to hand and was very much appreciated. We were glad to hear that you were having so enjoyable a time visiting around and participating in the gorgeous feasts prepared no doubt largely in your honor. Wish you were near enough that we could have you also, although I fear we would not be able to compete with the others in the richness of the spreads. I was glad to hear also that you were able to restrain your appetite in spite of the temptation of alluring viands so as not to eat too much. That is an accomplishment that I have learned too within recent years and neither turkey nor goose nor any other famous dish leads me to over indulgence. In eating as well as in drinking it is a good thing to know just when to stop. To-night we are all at home. There was no Church service in St. John’s owing to the annual congregation meeting being held this afternoon. This always lasts from 2 o’clock till 6 and doesn’t leave time for the people to go home, get supper ready and be back for service at 7. Hence it always knocks out the evening service on the Sunday on which it is held. I have never attended one of these meetings on account of the factional discussions which sometimes take place and which

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I want to keep out of. Last year I went skating while it was on, but to-day was too stormy. I didn’t get out of the house after coming home from Church this morning. The wind was very heavy and there were frequent snowsqualls and dust was every where. It seems as if all of Shantz’s ploughed field above our place were blown out over the surface of the surrounding country. The little snow that was on the ground is all red and the house and the barn are ditto. Just at this point my letter was interrupted by company who came in to spend the evening, viz Rev. and Mrs. Sorensen and Mrs. Sorensen’s father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Baldue and a Miss Call. Mrs. Sorensen entertained us with solo selections, Bonnie playing the accompaniments and I entertained Mr. Baldue with cigars. This kept up till about half past ten, and it is now pretty late for writing and I will have to rush my letter to a close. As the weekends have been the storm centers for the past three weeks Carolus has had little opportunity to use his Kodak as yet. As soon as he gets some good pictures I will send you some samples. The children had their “band concert” to-night. It would do you good to see Eileen sing. She puts so much life into it. She is a cute little girl any way and has such original ways about her. This afternoon Carl Oetzel was here and she gave him a Church Book. She then came to me and said “I gave Mr. Oetzel my Church Book”. Carl you remember perhaps is about Carolus’s age. Arthur sings a piece called Poor thing and the way he gets it off would bring the house down. From going over to German Chapel he has learned to sing the Gloria Patri in German. He can render the tune of almost any hymn he hears whether English or German. He has picked up considerable German by attending the Vespers at the Seminary. We had very good skating all last week. I was down

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at the lake in the park every afternoon after 4 o’clock except Saturday when we had our House Committee meeting in Kitchener. Robert was with me nearly every time and is learning to skate quite well for a little fellow. He has the grit and the determination and is bound to succeed. All the children were out Friday night on the Seminary rink. It was a fine moon-light night and not too cold and the skating was fine. We have had very little snow so far, scarcely any sleighing though it has been quite cold at times. The ice on the lake is at least a foot thick. I like skating very much myself and find it splendid exercise. I haven’t had a tumble this winter, which shows that I am not too bad for an amateur. Well it is getting so late that I will have to stop as we must get up early to-morrow morning, it being wash-day. I will try to do better another time. With love and all good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed]

Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 15, 1922


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 15, 1922. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; skating on Silver Lake in Waterloo Park and on the Seminary rink; an evening entertaining friends; and St. John's Lutheran Church annual meeting.