C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 18, 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 February 18, 1922. Little discussed 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; a local murder trial; construction of the Seminary building addition; and a lawsuit between the Canada Synod and the Missouri Synod.
Notes
-- Paper watermark: 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
Feb. 18, 1922
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.24.7
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, 18 Fberuary 1922, RG-102.13, File 1.24.7, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc13
Contact
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}

Feb’y 18, 1922.

Dear Mother:-

As Herman and Arthur have both written you to-night it seems almost superfluous for me to write you also. Merely out of force of habit and to satisfy my conscience in the matter I will add a few lines. The “Jail Bird” to whom Arthur referred in his letter was a young Kitchener man who was in jail all winter on the charge of murdering his wife who was drowned in his company one night last fall while crossing the Grand River in a scow. All the circumstances were very suspicious but there was an element of doubt and the jury gave him the benefit of it by acquitting him yesterday. As the family ranked in high society the case created quite a sensation.

We had the coldest weather of the winter this week. It was steadily cold all week until to-day when it moderated very considerably. Most of the week was too cold for comfortable skating though I got out on the ice several times. Robert was quite game too and was out several times when it was below zero. He is quite a good skater and can get over the ice real fast. I am writing you to-night because I am to preach in Hespeler to-morrow night and do not to have to write after I get back home which will be somewhat late. I am booked to preach again on March 5 in Elmira. I don’t mind preaching once in a while as it keeps me in practice and also incidentally ekes out my income. Bonnie thinks we are living in a barn and keeps clamoring for curtains, mats etc. to make the place look livable. It

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may be that with these extras I will be able to satisfy some of these requirements and by and by also to pay back what I owe to you. Up to the present I have had all I could do to keep the family clothed and fed but as prices are coming down now I hope to do a little better than that and save up something as I go along. The Board met in special session Tuesday and adopted our proposed plans for a new building. But as the matter must come before the Synods for ratification we will hardly have our new building before Christmas of this year. This is unfortunate; for if we have anything like the increase next year that we had this year we will not know what to do with the boys.

The children nearly all have colds of a bronchial nature just now, due to the extreme cold I presume but they are all getting better at present. I have escaped scot-free so far this winter. The law suit for the possession of the Baden Church between the Canada & Mo. Synods was tried yesterday and to-day. The judge reserved his decision and gave them fatherly advice to settle the matter among themselves in a Christian way. But as neither side has enough grace for that I suppose he will eventually give his decision. I saw Pastor Bermon only for a few minutes at the time of the Board Meeting. He seems to be quite happy with his new wife. Well, I must close.

With love,

I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed]

Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 18, 1922


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 18, 1922. Little discussed 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; a local murder trial; construction of the Seminary building addition; and a lawsuit between the Canada Synod and the Missouri Synod.