C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 15, 1925
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 15, 1925. Little discusses family life; prohibition in Waterloo and Ontario; the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada's affiliation with the University of Western Ontario; and the loss of his sister-in-law, Bessie.
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.
Date of Original
Feb. 15, 1925
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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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 15 February 1925, RG-102.13, File 1.27.4, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc18
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College Waterloo, Ont.,} Feb’y 15, 1925

Dear Mother:

Your letter of the 5th came duly to hand. I was glad to get it and especially to have the account of grandmother Little’s funeral and her exact age. I was glad also to hear that Herbert had succeeded in getting a housekeeper and I sincerely hope that she will prove satisfactory; for it will be hard enough for him to get along and bear up in any case. He is very fortunate, however, to live so near you all that he can have the benefit of your invaluable assistance. I am sure little Franklin enjoyed the birth-day cake you made him and the good dinner. I have just written Herbert a letter – which I should have done long ago – in reply to his letter giving an account of Bessie’s sickness and death. Bonnie thinks you have a good memory to remember the exact spot of that snow-pile in which Eileen is standing in the picture. To-day I am at home for the first Sunday for some time. Next Sunday I am to go to Brantford. We have had fine steady winter weather this last week with a little snow and considerable wind. I spent an hour yesterday shoveling out that same snow-bank yesterday. But to-day it is considerably milder again and the snow has been melting. It is bright overhead and rather nice to be out, but somewhat sloppy under foot. My coal is holding out very well and I think I will have enough to see me through the winter. If so I will have saved about 3 tons over last winter, attributable to some extent at least to Hirtle’s house. I am going to have the three fir trees between our

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place and his house removed. They are no longer necessary for protection and are not noted for their beauty and prevent the grass from growing under them. I think this will add somewhat to the appearance of the place. Carolus is still working Saturdays and a couple evenings at the baker's and is seriously thinking of taking a job with him through the summer driving a Ford delivery truck. At the recent election of officers for the Literary Society Carolus was elected pianist and appears to be quite proud of his position. Herman is taking to violin and can play a couple pieces already. He practices regularly about an hour a day. Arthur doesn’t take as much interest and would rather be out at play, but I think he will get there by and by. He is still engaged in paper peddling and makes from $2.50 to $3 a week. He is at present putting money aside for a wheel, which he can get for $20. He says when he gets that paid for he is going to assume the electric light bill and pay for the electricity every month. He will do it too; for he is by all adds the most generous fellow you ever saw. Marion’s bad eye is improving considerably from what it was. She can now read fairly fine print with it.. I am encouraging her to give it exercise by holding the other eye shut. In this way she may in time be able to bring it to normal. She doesn’t cough as much this winter as other winters, but will have to have her nasal operation next summer. She had a pretty bad cold this last week and stayed home from school one half day. She doesn’t look very well, however, and is quite thin. This is due partly to the fact that she has an abnormal appetite, especially for sour things, such as vinegar and pickles. On Tuesday of this week our Board of Governors will meet to take action on the proposed affiliation with Western University. As the Governors of the University will meet on the following day , our

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affiliation is likely to be an accomplished fact by the time my next letter to you arrives. This will be fine for me , as it will enable me to educate my boys with full university degrees without sending them away, which it would be impossible for me to do under present circumstances. Perhaps you have seen in the papers that we are to get better beer under the prohibition act here in Ont. as a result of the close vote in last election. “The Speech from the Throne” threw consternation into the prohibition camp by announcing legislation increasing the percentage of legal beer from 2 ½ to 4 2/5 %. It is practically certain as the bill cannot be defeated without precipitating another election, which the party in power, of course, does not want. We have the English custom here that if any Government measure fails to go through the party in power must go to the country. The concession, while not as great as desired, will be very acceptable to there parts as a move in the right direction. I still have on hand 4 bottles of my brew made last October and still have also some cider in my barrel but don’t know how much. I must tell you a joke the Toronto papers got off on our wet town. They said when the returning officers from Waterloo were counting the ballots, after they had counted about 50, all wet one of them came across one marked 'dry'. He laid it aside and resumed counting. When he had counted about 50 more wet votes he to his astonishment came across another marked ‘dry’. He took it up and looked at it for a moment and them tore it up saying as he did so, “The scoundrel has gone and voted twice.”

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Thursday of this week we will observe as College and Seminary Day according to the prescription of the U.S.C.A. I succeeded in getting Dr. Sperling to address the students on the occasion. I heard indirectly that the Rev. P.C. Wike was applying for the Morrisburg parish. It seems that when they get away from Canada, sooner or later they always want to get back. However, they say he is quite deaf or rather very hard of hearing, which will probably knock him out. Otherwise he would be a good man. Robert and I have been playing chess again lately. At present he is champion in the game. Well, I will have to come to a close sometime and perhaps this would be as good a place as any to stop. With love to you all and all good wishes I am

Most Sincerely yours.

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 15, 1925

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 15, 1925. Little discusses family life; prohibition in Waterloo and Ontario; the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada's affiliation with the University of Western Ontario; and the loss of his sister-in-law, Bessie.