C. H. Little to Candace Little, October 11, 1925
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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 October 11, 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; a trip to the Harvest Home Festival in Brunner, Ontario; and Joseph Seagram's donation to improve the sports field.
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
Oct. 11, 1925
Dimensions
Width: 20 cm
Height: 25 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.27.15
Collection
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.51679 Longitude: -80.91642
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, 11 October 1925, RG-102.13, File 1.27.15, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc17
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Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

Brunner, Ont.,

Oct. 11, 1925.

Dear Mother:

From the above address you will see that I am not at home. I came up here this morning along with Prof. Schorten to help Pastor Boerner, one of Seminary graduates, celebrate his Harvest Home festival. Prof. Schorten preached in German this morning, and I am to preach in English to-night. They sent an automobile down for us this morning and will take us home to-night. But as the distance is between 30 and 40 miles, it will be late when we get back to-night. Consequently, as we have a long afternoon here, I thought I might as well use a small part of it in writing my letter to you. We are having very cold weather now for the time of year. It has been spitting snow off and on all day and the wind is raw and cold. I left them all well at home this morning except that Bonnie wasn’t feeling so well, having taken a cold. I had a little cold myself the other week, but have gotten bravely over it. We had a church full this

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morning and the pastor assures me that we will have more out to-night. Everything has been moving along nicely at our school and we have now a total enrollment of 82 which is a big increase over anything we had formerly. As a result of our controversy with Chicago the Seminary authorities sent our student Mr. Ernst back to us and he will now finish his course at our Seminary. They complained about the sharpness we used, but I am persuaded that if we had used milder methods they would never have sent him back. However, the incident is now closed and we can be friends again. Another item of interest in connection with our work was the gift last week by Mr. Seagram, the big distiller at Waterloo of $1000 toward putting our athletic grounds in shape. This gift was secured by Dr. Potter, Dean of the Waterloo College of Arts. It will be just about enough to put the grounds in good shape for all kinds of games and will be well-pleasing to the boys. Carolus took his supplementary examinations Saturday on the two subjects on which he fell behind last year. He hasn’t got his marks yet, but has hopes that he passed.

I had a letter from Dr. Willison the other day. He said he found his work hard at Queen’s University, but was enjoying it. He wanted to know all the news about Waterloo

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so I wrote him at once and gave him such information as I had at hand. I was down again at Bridgeport last week, Wednesday afternoon and had two more out at my class. The two additional ones were sons of the man who drove us back from Bridgeport in his car last summer. His name, which I couldn’t think of at the time, is Schweitzer. Marion wrote a letter to Cecile the other day, which I suppose she has received by this time. Marion has also had a little cold lately, but is much better than she was before we began the treatment suggested by Bikleˊ and I think she is going to get all right over it.

I got a good joke off on my Middlers and Seniors the other day. I had to go over home for a book and I told them to see that they behaved while I was gone. When I came back they were all crunching apples. I said “Well, that’s one point in favour of Evolution: animals always prefer their stomachs to their brains.” Little Catharine is just as sweet as ever. Whenever I come in from the Seminary or anywhere she says “Father’s home again”. She can form long sentences and talks almost as well as any of the children and is very original in what she says. Well, I must close. With love and all good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, October 11, 1925


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on October 11, 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; a trip to the Harvest Home Festival in Brunner, Ontario; and Joseph Seagram's donation to improve the sports field.