C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 2, 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 March 2, 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; skating on the Seminary rink; and Rev. Roberts of St. John's Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Ontario.
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
March 2, 1924
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.26.9
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, 2 March 1924, RG-102.13, File 1.26.9, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
URG-102.13 Disc14
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 Theology Seminary and Waterloo College Waterloo, Ont.,} March 2, 1924

Dear Mother:

To-night I will try to give you a few lines again, although there isn’t much doing to write about. We have had a week of steady fine weather just cold enough to keep the snow from going, but also just sunshiny and warm enough to make the ice rotten. It stormed and snowed so much this winter that the boys never succeeded in getting a very thick coating of ice on the Seminary rink, and now it is broken through in innumerable places. It was fairly good on Friday night yet when I was on it for the last time but the children who went over to-day reported that it was absolutely “n.g.” So I suppose our sporting along that line is about over for the winter and we will have to look for some other kind of game. As Carolus traded off his magic lantern yesterday for a 22 caliber rifle, I think we will have to go out and look for Jack-rabbits or which there are some in this section. In the meantime to-day we played crokinole and some card games. Carolus went with me down to German Church this morning and as a Rev. Denison representing the British Bible Society is holding forth to-night I allowed all the children to stay at home and only Bonnie went down. She is not back

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yet, so I haven’t received any reports from the seat of war. I have no objection to the British Bible Society as such, but I object to allowing non-Lutherans to usurp our Church service. Pastor Roberts received his training in the old General Synod and would be quite liberal if he were not somewhat held in restraint by his large and conservative congregation. He announced to-day a Prayer Meeting of the women in the Saviour’s Church (Anglican) and invited all the ladies of the congregation to attend. But there won’t be more than a half dozen go, and that will be the society bunch. I didn’t get my cheque yesterday and I have been without a cent of money since last Sunday. However, I borrowed $1 from Carolus yesterday, which fixed up our Church collections for to-day. The cheque will probably be here to-morrow. I think I will have enough coal and coke to see me through the winter, although the coal is getting rather low. But it won’t take so much from this out. This last week Ruth and Catharine had bad colds of a bronchial nature which sounded suspiciously like whooping cough, but they are getting over them now. The other day Arthur was talking about the stork bringing children when one of the older ones objected that the stork didn’t bring babies. Arthur said “I know, but that’s the way they express it.” Robert had an examination last week and he said he stood at the head of his room and that he made 100. Well, I must close. With much love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 2, 1924


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 2, 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; skating on the Seminary rink; and Rev. Roberts of St. John's Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Ontario.