C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 30, 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 30, 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; ice skating in Waterloo Park; Carolus' broken nose; and the completion of this Chicago Seminary correspondence courses.
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. 30, 1923
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.25.16
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, 30 December 1923, RG-102.13, File 1.25.16, 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
Website:
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College Waterloo, Ont} ., Dec. 30, 1923.

Dear Mother:

The Christmas season is over and New Year is rapidly approaching and will be on hand by the time you get this letter. May it be a bright, prosperous and happy one to you, the best of mothers, full of rich blessing from the Lord! You know the best present I received this Christmas and the one I treasure and appreciate the most was the splendid picture of yourself by Underwood and Underwood sent from Gastonia by Mabel, but apparently presented by Bikle. I have already written him thanking him for the same and telling him how very much I thought of it. The picture is a perfect work of the photographer’s art, but it is not for this that I appreciate it so highly, but rather because it is the picture of one so dear to my heart. As I said to Bikle, you have aged up some-what since I saw you last but I love every line of your dear old face. Everybody that has seen it thinks it is a wonderful picture and I am proud of it because it is the picture of my mother. Bonnie gave me a fine, large rose-colored, gold band fountain pen as a Christmas present. It is a fine writer and writes as smoothly as an old pen. If people can’t read my writing [?], when once I get used to the pen, it will not be the pen’s fault. I think even now you will be able to read this letter better than some of my past ones. The pen is coarser and the writing is consequently not so fine – in one way, but finer in another. We have had consistent winter weather since I wrote you last week. It is not too cold, but cold enough to snow a little every day. I had intended going out skating this afternoon but it snowed so

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much that the ice was not fit. So I didn’t go. I have been down on the lake nearly every day since I wrote you last week. So have all the children with the exception of the three youngest who haven’t learned the art of skating as yet. Carolus met with quite a painful accident last evening. He was playing hockey on the ice in the park when one of the party hoisted the puck which struck him in the face, breaking his nose. He went to the Doctor who set it and bandaged it up. The Dr. said it would come around all right, but at present the boy looks like he has been in an “argument” with Fripo or Dempsey. The younger chaps when they play rough games have to take what they get, and I must say he is not setting up any whine about it. The Dr. said his nose would be straight. Last Wednesday night Bonnie and I, together with Prof. and Mrs. Willison, were invited down to Prof. Zinck’s and enjoyed a big turkey dinner. They had bought a big turkey for Christmas and as there are only two of them, they couldn’t make much headway with it, and we were glad to help them out. I am not doing much studying during the holidays and have been taking more outside exercise, to my physical benefit as I believe. I kept pretty closely at it for the past year. I have just finished the correspondence course for the S. T. M. degree of the Chicago Seminary graduating in nine course, eight of which I completed within the past year. This required the reading and criticism of at least 150 books. At the same time I kept up my work here, read the O.T. through once and the N.T. 14 times during the past year. I have read the N.T. through 86 times since 1914 and expect, if I live, to reach the centennial number by this time next year. Robert wants you to know that he is still champion at chess. Mr. Harmann was up the other night and had a game of chess with me and won out. Then I turned him over to Arthur who licked him in a jiffy. Mr. Harmann who is a big German from Russia was so taken back that he didn’t know what to make of it. By the way, he doesn’t take as unfavourable a view of German rule in the Baltic as Mr. Jannau and thinks the latter writes with considerable prejudice. I am enclosing another installment of Jannau’s history. With love and all good wishes for the New Year, I am, Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] C. H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 30, 1923


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 30, 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; ice skating in Waterloo Park; Carolus' broken nose; and the completion of this Chicago Seminary correspondence courses.