C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 16, 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 August 16, 1924. Little describes family life with wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario. In this letter, Little discusses his garden, the family's new electric stove, allowing the children to attend a movie in Kitchener, and his latest publications.
Notes
Carroll Herman Little (1872-1958) was a Lutheran pastor, and a professor and administrator at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (now Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) 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
August 16, 1924
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.26.19
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, 16 August 1924, RG-102.13, File 1.26.19, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc16
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.} Aug. 16, 1924.

Dear Mother:

I thought I would write you a few lines before I leave for Hamilton this evening, where I am to preach to-morrow. I expect to get back to-morrow about midnight. I was down at Toronto last Sunday and enjoyed my stay down there and also preaching to the little congregation which has stood faithful under many adverse circumstances. They seemed to be much taken with my preaching and expressed themselves as anxious to have me come again, which I will do on the 31st. Financially I didn’t make much out of it, clearing only five or six dollars. But every little helps and the money that I make in this way keeps me going until the next payday arrives. I will clear about twice as much on my Hamilton trips. I began this week to study on my next year’s work. I want, if possible, to get all my Exegesis worked out before the term commences. This will give me time to devote to Dogmatics and other important subjects, also for studies on my course with Chicago. Dr. Krauss gave me great credit for my Patristics. I am publishing my Anti-millenarian tract in The Lutheran Church Review. It may also appear in pamphlet form. The weather continues steadily cool. It is too cool for many things: too cool for the cantaloupes in my garden, too cool to sit in the house without a coat on, too cool to enjoy good swimming. Though as far as the latter is concerned I have been going in every day, to-day being the only exception when I took a hot bath in

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the tub instead and got more dirt off of me. Yesterday when I started off swimming Ruth said, “Father, are you going swimming again?” I said ‘yes’, and she said, “Well, don’t go in the water”. This noon at the dinner table Arthur said, I saw a funny thing this morning when I was out collecting; I saw one of the little Berry girls running all around the kitchen naked.” Robert piped up, “I wish I had been there.” Last night all the larger children except Robert went down to Kitchener to a “movie”, which they enjoyed very much, as I very seldom let them go. We are having plenty of beans now out of our garden, also have been having a good supply of cucumbers; but everything else is late. We have had no corn yet nor any tomatoes. Cabbage looks fine and I will have about 300 heads when it comes on.

We installed our Electric Range last week and Bonnie is tickled to death over it. She thinks it is about the last thing to be said in the cooking line. It is a McClary stove and is a beauty. The price of it was $150 but we got it for $140. The installation cost $60, but I am in hopes that the Seminary authorities will pay for that. If they don’t, it will take me 3 or 4 years to pay the bill; but I am sure that it will cut on cooking expenses at least in half. Bonnie likes it much better than the gas and more convenient in every way. Well, I will have to close as I must get my satchel packed up for my trip and have several other things to look after before I go.

With love to all and best wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 16, 1924


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 16, 1924. Little describes family life with wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario. In this letter, Little discusses his garden, the family's new electric stove, allowing the children to attend a movie in Kitchener, and his latest publications.