C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 23, 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 December 23, 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; the family's Christmas plans; the weather; and a history written by Seminary student J. Jannau.
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
Dec. 23, 1923
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.25.15
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, 23 December 1923, RG-102.13, File 1.25.15, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102,13 Disc14
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
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Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College Waterloo, Ont.}, Dec. 23rd, 1923

Dear Mother:

Your kind letter of the 17th came duly to hand and was enjoyed as all your letters are. Please accept my unbounded thanks for the enclosure which it contained. This together with a cheque of Five Dollars from Clarence aided very materially in the purchase of presents for the children. In fact I do not see how, without these generous remittances, I would have been able to purchase the gifts requisite to give the kiddies a 'Merry Christmas'. But thanks to your generosity they will, in this respect, not fall far behind their allottance of other years, and I am sure they will all be quite happy. We set up our Christmas tree and trimmed it this morning. It is a beautiful symmetrical tree and with its decorations looks quite pretty. I wish you could see it. We received a box from Aunt Meda the other day containing caps for the boys, scarfs for the girls and a pair of fine silk stockings for Bonnie. Don sent a big box of dried codfish, which will come in good and prove useful, if not strictly speaking, ornamental. Max and Muriel, Don’s wife, sent each a box containing some things for the children. Mrs. Pastor Bockelmann sent Eileen a beautiful “Mamma doll”. So our Christmas tree, which we will light up to-morrow night will be well stocked with presents, and all the children will be well-remembered. The Waterloo Community tree will be held to-morrow afternoon at which all the children will receive a stocking filled

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with nuts, candies, etc. The Sunday School Christmas concert will take place on Christmas night. The children down to and including Eileen will take part in the singing, though none of them took recitations or special pieces. The children all did well on their public school examinations and passed with honours. Arthur stood 2nd in his room, Marion 5th and Herman 8th. Arthur’s teacher held him up before the room as a model. Among other things she said, “Here is a boy that has talents and know how to use them”. Arthur in telling us about it said “And I had to sit there and take it all in”. Some of the scholars said “Yes, but his father helps him”. Arthur who is quite independent, wouldn’t stand for this. He said, “I stood up and said, My father helps Carolus; he doesn’t help me.” Carolus made very good grades in the College examinations. He fell down a little on French and Algebra, but in spite of this made a general average of 81 on his thirteen subjects. Up to to-day it looked as though we were going to have an [?] and green Christmas. It was very mild all last week and the little ice that was on the lake in the park went out and everything was as soft and muddy as in April. But to-day it opened up snowy and has been snowing all day and we already have four or five inches of snow on the ground and it is still snowing. So it is likely we will have a “white Christmas” as usual. I am enclosing another installment of Mr. Jannau’s history. He wrote it in English, which he handles very well, though with some accent. He is a very good student and we are all pleased with the record he is making in the Seminary. When he gets through we propose to offer him for Slav Mission work. I suppose Mrs. Murray is with you by this time. I know you will enjoy her company. I wish you would kindly remember me to her. I hope Grace’s concert will prove a great financial success and will more than repay the expenses of their visit. Well, I must close. Wishing you one and all the very best of Christmas joy, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

[note on side of page]

Mr. Jannau’s age is 55.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 23, 1923


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 23, 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; the family's Christmas plans; the weather; and a history written by Seminary student J. Jannau.