C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 20, 1923
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 20, 1923. 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; a skating party at the Seminary; his coal supply, and Dr. Dehr's current living conditions in Toronto.
Notes
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. 20, 1923
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.25.3
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, 20 January 1923, RG-102.13, File 1.25.3, 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:
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College

Waterloo, Ontario}

Jan’y 20, 1923

Dear Mother:

As I am going down to Brantford early to-morrow morning and will not get back till late to-morrow night I have concluded to write you a few lines to-night. Since writing you last week I received a nice long letter from Hermine. She thought the picture of Eileen was very fine and seemed to appreciate it very much. As to her health she said she had to keep her bed a good part of the time but hoped that the worst was over. Bonnie has her bad spells too, but never so bad that she has to go to bed and they are never continuous. Sometimes she has very good days. We had some very cold days this past week, but to-day opened up mild and to-night we are having a regular rain-storm which will probably take away a good part of our snow. However, we have plenty to spare, the snow being about two-feet on a level. The Seminary and College boys have arranged for a skating party on Tuesday night of next week. It doesn’t look much like it to-night but the thaw will probably be over by that time. I wouldn’t care much if it didn’t materialize as I have been asked to make a speech on the occasion at the banquet following the skating. Carolus has our whole front yard made over into a rink and we can skate all around the trees on our lawn. They have a fine rink over at the Seminary, but I have been pretty busy and haven’t taken in much of it. The boys were over this morning and they said it was fine. On account of preaching to-morrow I couldn’t get out to-day. I will have to leave here at 7:30 to-morrow morning which means pretty early rising. So I will try to get to bed by around 10 o’clock tonight. Last evening we had Dr. Maurer and wife over to tea. They

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spent the evening with us. This was in requital for their entertaining of us during the Christmas holidays. Bonnie had a fine supper which I think they enjoyed. She still has the Zincks and a couple others to requite. We were surprised the other day to see in the Globe, Toronto, that Dr. Dehr was back in Toronto again. He left for Germany in Sept. last fall. Since then we hear that he is completely on the rocks and is living, eating and sleeping in one room in Toronto. Prof and Mrs. Henkel sent him a box of roast chicken and other eatables this week. He couldn’t have found things very satisfactory in Germany as he intended to stay when he left here last fall. I succeeded in getting one half-ton of coal this week and will have enough now to run me about two weeks longer. If I can get a little from time to time we will be able to see the winter through without discomfort or freezing. The cost is still rising. I had to pay $9.25 for the half ton. The children are all over their colds at last and are enjoying the out-door sports quite regularly again. The little fellows, Arthur and Robert, want to play chess nearly all the time when they are in the house and I often have quite a time to get rid of them. Bonnie had a letter this week from Don’s wife. She said Mrs. J.B. had arrived back from Phil’a and was with their mother at Mahone Bay. She had sufficiently improved, she said, to make the trip back alone. You should see Ruth these days. She talks so well for a girl of her age and size and has no trouble to make her wants known. She can also understand and speak some German and can sing a number of hymns and practically all the songs the children learn at school. She has a sweet disposition and is quite devoted to her father. Well, I must close for this time. With love to all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 20, 1923


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 20, 1923. 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; a skating party at the Seminary; his coal supply, and Dr. Dehr's current living conditions in Toronto.