C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 23, 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 August 23, 1925. 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; renovations at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Kitchener; and a fishing trip to Denbigh, 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 2013.
Date of Original
Aug. 23, 1925
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.27.10
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, 23 August 1925, RG-102.13, File 1.27.10, 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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Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{The Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada} Waterloo, Ontario Canada} Aug. 23rd 1925.

Dear Mother:

I shall write you only a short note to-night as it is late and I am rather tired. I arrived home last night from my Denbigh trip at about 9 o’clock. I found them all well and glad to welcome me back. I found also Mrs. Hunter of Morrisburg here on a visit. She is still with us. I preached at Bridgeport this morning and to-night at Hespeler for pastor Grotke, the occasion being the rededication of his redecorated church. I took Bonnie and Mrs. Hunter with me to this latter place. I had a great time on my fishing trip and have a great tan on. I walked and exercised so much that Bonnie thinks I am thinner than I was, but I don’t know. I feel in good trim. Bikleˊ said when he was here that he didn’t know anybody of my age who was in better physical condition and that he only wished he had my constitution. On next Sunday I am to preach in Toronto for Pastor Christiansen. When this is done I will have preached every Sunday in August and have a couple engagements already for September. I caught lots of fish up north and had fish to eat every day that I was up there. I also had a good swim once and sometimes twice a day in the beautiful clear waters of the lakes. I was puzzled as to how I would get in my swim to-day. But Bonnie and Mrs. Hunter went over to St. Matthew’s Church, Kitchener this morning to see the new decorations and as they missed the first car – the one that I was on – I took advantage of the opportunity to get my swim in before dinner. St. Matthew’s spent about $7000 on interior decoration and they think that they now have the most beautiful Lutheran Church in Canada. Bikleˊ wrote me a letter in which he said that they all enjoyed their visit here so much that they intend to come again as soon as opportunity offers.

(Page 2)

We are having lots of corn now, which I am sure you would enjoy if you were with us. It is Golden Bantam and very sweet. My tomatoes which never looked better and which were very prolific are proving a dismal failure. They ripen very nicely but have a black spot on the bottom which runs right through them and spoils them. As there has been no rain it must be a kind of blight or dry rot. I notice other tomatoes have the same thing. Bonnie says little Catharine felt very desolate while I was away and would say every day Grandmother’s gone away and father’s gone away. She was so glad when I came back that she would feel me all over say “F-a-th-er”, “Father’s home”. Bonnie told her on Friday that I would be home to-morrow. And when they would ask her when I was coming she would say “Father is coming home to-morrow”. But on Saturday when they asked her, she said “Father’s coming home to-night.” I suppose I will be away again on a long trip around the 9th of Sept. as I am assigned to the Eastern Conference which will meet in Ladysmith, Quebec. I think you wrote to Robert while I was away, but I’ve been so rushed since I got back that I haven’t had time to read your letter. I bought a big basket of blueberries in the north country and brought them home with me. I got them for $1.50. The coal man has put in 5 T. of the 12 T. of Alberta coal that I ordered. I expect the rest in a week or so. This should pretty well see me through the winter. Well, it is nearly 12 o’clock and I must close and get to bed as we have to get up early on account of the boys. With love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 23, 1925


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 23, 1925. 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; renovations at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Kitchener; and a fishing trip to Denbigh, Ontario.