C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 26, 1925
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 July 26, 1925. Little discusses 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 and gardening; an address by Campbell Morgan at the Lyric Theatre; the First English Lutheran Church (later St. Mark's Lutheran Church) Brotherhood picnic; and a meeting with members of the Missouri Synod.
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 2013.
Date of Original
July 26, 1925
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.27.9
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, 26 July 1925, RG-102.13, File 1.27.9, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc17
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Evangelical Lutheran Synod at Canada

Rev. J. Reble, President

104 Hughson St. Hamilton, Ont.

Rev. J Maurer, D. D., Vice-President

49 Irvine St. Kitchener, Ont.

Rev. H. Schorten, German Secretary

170 Albert Street, Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. A. A. Zinck, D. D., English Secretary

Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. E. Holm, Treasurer

St. Jacobs, Ont.} Waterloo, Ont.,

July 26, 1925.

Dear Mother:

Your kind letter of the 16th inst was received early last week. We were glad to hear from you and to learn that you had arrived back home right side up and safe and sound. Right now while I think of it I will answer your query as to why I made no mention of the interchange of letters addressed respectively to Bonnie and Blanche. As soon as we found out the mistake we sent Blanche’s letter to her, expecting her to do the same with Bonnie’s letter. If Blanche had acted in this sensible manner, you would never been any the wiser and would have been spared the chagrin of knowing that you had made such a mistake. I didn’t intend to be the first one to “blab”. But it seems down your way people are obsessed with the idea of “special delivery” letters, probably with the patriotic purpose of making the Post Office pay through increased revenue. It did, however, finally occur to Blanche to send Bonnie’s letter, and so she finally got it. We have had a couple little showers since I wrote you last week and somewhat cooler weather. As a result the garden isn’t looking nearly so bad and the grass on the lawns is showing here and there a bit of green. But our cistern has very little water in it yet, and I am still carrying water for the wash from the Seminary. I don’t know how long this will keep up,

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but I hope every week will be the last. I preached down at Bridgeport again this morning. It reminded me of the last time I preached down there, when you were with me; and I missed you very much as I went down alone. It seems a strange coincident and an evidence of history moving in circles and repeating itself that next Sunday evening I am to preach again in St. Jacobs. Bonnie and I were over to Kitchener to-night to hear the famous London preacher Campbell Morgan in the Lyric Theatre. He spoke on “The Relation of the Bible to the Nation”. His address was very interesting and very fine and quite orthodox in its main argument, although here and there he deviated into some heterodox ideas. But he gave the Modernists some pretty hard hits and came out squarely against Evolution, particularly the evolution of man. His insistence that morality has its root in right relation to God was especially good! He will deliver a series of lectures in Kitchener every day this week till Thursday inclusive, but I don’t think I will get down to hear any more of them. Yesterday afternoon the Brotherhood of First English Church held their annual picnic on the river flats near Conestogo. Dr. Maurer gave Dr. Zinck and myself special invitation to go with them and came for us with a car. When we got out there the main feature was a soft ball game. Drs. Zinck and Maurer did not play, but I played nearly all afternoon and made the most runs of any man on the team. As a result I felt stiff and tired to-day, and still feel the effects of it a little. But I went down to the park this afternoon and swam across the lake and back and felt wonderfully refreshed. I don’t think there is a better remedy for a physically tired feeling than a swim in cool water.

Dr. Klaehn, Chairman of our Synodical Adjudication Committee was around Friday and informed me that we were to meet with the Canadian Conference of the

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Missouri Synod at Zurich Aug. 20, and that he had received assurance from the Missouri pastors that we would meet with a cordial reception from them. This is rather a surprising attitude for the MO. brethren to take, especially in view of the fact that Dr. Pfotenhauer President of the MO. Synod will be present. I told Dr. Klaehn that, if at all possible, I would be present. On Thursday Evening of last week Bonnie pulled off her entertainment of the Zinck’s and their company. It was a big undertaking; but turned out a great success. Bonnie had Miss Susana Berdux to come over and help her serve. Monday (to-morrow), I am getting a woman to come in and do the wash as Bonnie wants to clean up and get ready for Bikle and family whom we expect on Tuesday according to a letter I received from him last week. Bonnie made two lots, white and pink, of the [?] you brought, I don’t recall the name of it- and she said it couldn’t have turned out better. She made some last week also that turned out well – and all without the marble slab. Little Catharine still speaks now and again of grandma and recognizes your picture above my desk every day. Herman had an advance of 5₵ and hour in his pay last week. He now gets 20₵ an hour and is proud of his raise. I am still contemplating taking a fishing trip up north, leaving Toronto on Monday, Aug. 10. This week will be a great week in Kitchener and Waterloo as it is Old Home Week. They had [?] [?] 4 out at Dr. Maurer’s picnic last Saturday. I had about 3 bottles of it. We have made arrangements to bunk Bikle and his family in the Seminary when they come. Bonnie has canned about a dozen jars of raspberries so far but practically nothing else. Carolus secured a new art student for the College last week. But I must stop here. With love, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 26, 1925


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 26, 1925. Little discusses 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 and gardening; an address by Campbell Morgan at the Lyric Theatre; the First English Lutheran Church (later St. Mark's Lutheran Church) Brotherhood picnic; and a meeting with members of the Missouri Synod.