C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 26, 1924
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 26, 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; gardening; a funeral he conducted; and the health of his children.
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
July 26, 1924
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 26 July 1924, RG-102.13, File 1.26.17, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College

Waterloo, Ont.} July 26, 1924.

Dear Mother:

As I am going down to Preston to-morrow, where I am to preach both morning and evening I thought I would take time by the forelock and write you a few lines before I go. You will not get this any sooner as no mail is collected on Sunday, but I will at least have got the matter off my mind. I haven’t much news to write as everything has been going on about as usual, viz three meals a day, reading and study in the forenoon, study and reading in the afternoon and a swim in the park pond at 4 o’clock. To-day, of course, I have been pretty well occupied getting up my sermons for to-morrow. I will leave here in the morning and put in the day at Preston. Bonnie intends coming down in the afternoon and will come back with me in the evening. We had two or three warm days the past week, but tempered by occasional showers. To-day was fine and cool and pleasant all day. My garden is making fine progress. We had several messes of peas out of it last week, but now it and the radishes and lettuce are about over. Beans however are beginning to come in and will soon be plentiful enough. The corn is in tassel and the cucumbers in blossom and there are lots of green tomatoes on the vines. The season has been good

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and everything looks quite promising. Our mulberry tree as you go into the garden is wonderfully full this year. We have been eating them in stews and pies, and I persuaded Bonnie to put up some for winter. She doesn’t think much of them, but put up six quart jars. I like them and so do most of the children. I have about 9 gallons of elderberry blossom wine on the go and it seems to be working out to perfection, but it won’t be real good before winter. This morning Prof. N. Willison, Litt D., started off with his family to their Indian camp at Muskoka. This will give us a chance at some of the cherries on the campus. He usually hogs them all though he has no more right to them than any of the other professors. The cherry trees are quite full this year.

Prof. Zinck has charge of First English this year during Dr. Maurer’s vacation. The latter is leaving with his family on Monday for Morrisburg. I had a surprise in a visit, or rather a call, this morning from a young man by the name of Willand from Morrisburg. He travels for an Electric concern and looked me up when he reached our town. I had a nice letter from Pearl last week giving an account of her situation in Porto Rico. Her principal pastime down there seems to be swimming. She used to try it in Nova Scotia but with no great signs of success. However, she claims now to be able both to swim and to float. Her perseverance has evidently been rewarded. I will try to write her again while she is down there if I can find the time. Bonnie and I were over at Dr. Maurer’s last night and spent the evening. Mrs. Maurer’s daughter Mrs. Julian lives with them and has a small baby. Dr. Maurer’s daughter Ruth also lives with them and his oldest daughter Anna was in from Toronto. So we had quite a crowd on. On Thursday I had a funeral for Dr. Sperling. He wanted to go away on his vacation and asked me to take it. It was that of a young woman not quite

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18 years of age who died in childbirth from kidney poisoning. Her husband was also quite young and a Catholic. In the account of it in the paper I noticed the floral tributes concluded with so many “mass cards” by a woman from Kitchener. That was the first time I ever got mixed up with Catholic masses. It was a big funeral, the connection being large on both sides. The Hirtle house, next to ours, is almost finished. They expect to move in the middle of next week, and the week following they are going down to Nova Scotia to spend the remainder of their vacation. The children, Catharine and Ruth are getting better of their whooping cough at least they do no cough as frequently as they did. As it was vacation time we didn’t bother to get quarantined and I suppose it was as good a time for them to have it as any. An advertisement inserted in the Globe (Toronto) brought in 21 applications for the position of Instructor in the College and in less than 4 days a man was secured. This should put the College department in good shape for next year. Well, I have transcended the limits of my rope and will stop here peremptorily. With love to all I am Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 26, 1924

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 26, 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; gardening; a funeral he conducted; and the health of his children.