C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 6, 1924
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 6, 1924. 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 weather; holiday entertaining;, and the progress of the construction of the addition to the Seminary building.
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. 6, 1924
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.26.1
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, 6 January 1924, RG-102.13, File 1.26.1, 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.,} Jan’y 6, 1924.

Dear Mother:

Here I’m off for my first letter to you in the New Year. I’m sure I don’t have much to write about, and I’m afraid it will be a poor beginning, but maybe I will improve as the year advances and there will be a good ending. We all survived the Christmas festivities and don’t seem any the worse for our extra indulgences and are now down to the daily routine of work again. Our College and Seminary opened on Thursday, at least officially, although the attendance was not over 50%. We had our classes and taught all that came, but it was not satisfactory; and I think we will learn by experience not to attempt to open up so late in the week again. We have been having real winter weather since I wrote you last week. Yesterday at noon it was 2° below zero and by night it was down to 8° below. To-day was much colder, though I don’t know what the thermometer registered. There has been an exceedingly heavy wind all day that blew the snow into great drifts. Prof. Henkel drove out to his parish this morning in a cutter and telephoned to his wife this afternoon that he was snow-bound and unable to get back to-day. The wind is still very high and as yet there is no moderation in the cold. At St. John’s they repeated the Christmas concert to-night, but the weather was so rough that I didn’t allow any of the children to go down except Carolus. He just got back a little while ago and reported that it wasn’t fit for anybody to

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be out and that the congregation was rather small. I haven’t been outside the house since I came back from Church this morning. It was too comfortable inside to think of budging. I read till I was tired and then we played successively 'chess', 'The Host Heir' and 'crokinole'. Robert is still champion at chess. I am not enclosing the “Six mad years of Bolshevism” this time as the children tore up the paper before I had a chance to cut it out. But they say there was only a short sketch in it this time, so you will not be missing much. It may have been the conclusion of the articles. Instead of Jannau’s articles I am enclosing a letter from Bonnie to Pearl in order to piece out this letter. Carolus’ wounded nose has healed up and is quite as straight and about as good as ever. The biggest damage will consist of the Doctor’s bill. I don’t know what that will be; but it will hardly be less than 5 or more than 10 Dollars. Bonnie thinks we had an extra good dinner to-day: we had sauerkraut and mashed potatoes! On Wednesday evening of this past week we were invited to the Hirtles where we enjoyed an elaborate goose dinner. The only other guests were Principal and Mrs. Willison*. We didn’t do any entertaining ourselves during the holidays, but let it come our way. It was cheaper and entailed less trouble. I had a suit made this last week, though I have neither worn it nor paid for it yet. I was simply obliged to have it as I had got down to the point where the only way I knew I was dressed for Sunday was that on Sunday I put on my cross. The suit I had made is very similar to the black one I wore when down home and the cost is the same. Our new Seminary building is just about finished. We will be able to enter it next week, I think. We had our town election on New Year ’s Day. Bonnie and I both voted, elected our candidate and carried the two by-laws submitted. The one that concerned us most was the Garbage Collection by-law. Well, I must close. With love to all, I am

Most Sincerely yours, [signed] Carroll H. Little

[Note on side of page]:

*This is a mistake: The other guests were Prof & Mrs. Zinck.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 6, 1924


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 6, 1924. 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 weather; holiday entertaining;, and the progress of the construction of the addition to the Seminary building.