C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 28, 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 July 28, 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; his vacation to North Carolina; the death of Bonnie's father, I. B. DeLong; and the commissioning of Pastor Irschick.
Notes
-- 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
July 28, 1922
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.24.14
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, 28 July 1922, RG-102.13, File 1.24.14, 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
Website:
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College

Waterloo, Ontario}

July 28, 1922.

Dear Mother:-

I arrived at home last evening about six o’clock, about 2 hours later than I expected due to my missing one radial car at Hamilton. I found Bonnie looking rather thin and bad from worry and grieving. But she has cheered up considerably since I came and is almost her natural self again. She is worrying a little now because she cut my vacation short, but I told her I simply couldn’t stay and enjoy my vacation when I knew that she was sitting at home lonely and grieving over the loss of her father. All the children were delighted to see me back again and all wanted to talk at once and tell me everything that had happened. I got home with about $18 to the good although my expenses coming back were heavier than those going down, due principally to the fact that I had more meals to buy. Bonnie didn’t go to her father’s funeral not merely because she didn’t have the money but also because she didn’t have the clothes and couldn’t get them ready in time even if she had had sufficient money for the trip. After the first paroxysms of grief were past she takes her father’s death more philosophically than I thought she would and I am sure she feels a lot better now that I am home. I was sorry that my visit had to be cut short as it was, but it was certainly fine while it lasted and I enjoyed every minute of it. I want to thank all of you for the very good time you gave me. Tell Mabel I regret very much that I did get to see her on my trip, and I know that she is not more disappointed over it than I am. I think I left a shirt and probably some other wash in my room up stairs. You might wrap them up with the coat when you send it. Perhaps you had better register or insure the parcel, as the coat would be a considerable loss if it should be stolen or go astray. Baby Ruth was very glad to see me back. She looked a little puzzled at first but soon recognized me and didn’t want to be with anybody else. She crawls on all fours now – bear fashion – and gets up and walks around chairs, cots, tables

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and things. I think she will soon be walking alone. The weather here is remarkably cool. I did not experience such weather anywhere during my trip. Last night we slept comfortably under blankets and the breeze to-day is strong and decidedly cool. My rambling rose has one bunch of blossoms and is very pretty. The garden is looking fine and we are having an abundance of cucumbers, beans etc. The corn will be along next week. In fact I suppose one could find some now. There has been a generous supply of rain and everything is looking fine. My beer is particularly good, having stood long enough to get some age on it. I do not think you ought to have given me my note. I felt rather bad about it because I had not paid anything on it. But I had fully intended to pay it and that is the only indebtedness I have to look after, so I think I would have got around to it eventually. Bonnie expected to hear some particulars of her father’s death, but has so far heard nothing beyond the telegram she received announcing his death and the time of the funeral. The Summer School closed last night with the commisioning of Pastor Irschick. The school was successful financially and has some $30 to the good. Prof. and Mrs. Zinck left this morning for Nova Scotia via Ottawa, Quebec etc, on their vacation. They will be gone a month. The boys want me to go in swimming with them this afternoon and as it is getting late I will close. Thanking you one and all for your many kindnesses to me while among you,

I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed]

Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 28, 1922


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 28, 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; his vacation to North Carolina; the death of Bonnie's father, I. B. DeLong; and the commissioning of Pastor Irschick.