C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 29, 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 November 29, 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; an outbreak of small pox at the Seminary; a Women's Auxiliary fundraiser; and skating on Silver Lake at Waterloo Park.
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 July 2013.
Date of Original
Nov. 29, 1925
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.27.19
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, 29 November 1925, RG-102.13, File 1.27.19, 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

{Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada

Rev. J. Reble, President

104 Hughson St. Hamilton, Ont.

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

49 Irvine St. Kitchener

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.,

Nov. 29, 1925

Dear Mother:

As another week has gone by since I last wrote you, I will have to try my hand at it again, though I haven’t much to write about as things have been running normally with us except that Robert and Arthur had slight attacks of the grip last week. Robert was pretty sick and was out of school practically the whole week and Arthur lost a couple days. However both the boys are now well again. Little Catharine has been rather restless the last couple nights, particularly last night. Bonnie thinks she has worms, but I am doubtful about it. However, I am getting a worm powder for her from the doctor to-morrow, by which we will be able to find out. She grits her teeth at night to some extent, but seems to be all right in the day time and is one of the liveliest ones we have and the best natured of all. Small pox has broken out again in the Seminary. One of the students from Kitchener had a mild case of it and was home a week and then returned to school, no one knowing and probably he himself not knowing that he had it. To-day another of the students, one boarding in the Seminary, contracted it. I don’t know at this writing what will be the effect upon the school. The M.O.H. was up this afternoon, but I didn’t hear what action

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he took in the matter. If he doesn’t close the school, I suppose, he will order a general vaccination. I don’t know what he would do in our case, but I don’t anticipate that it would take anyway. To-day was a fine Sunday for a change. It was nice and bright and fairly cool. There was a little snow yesterday and last night, just enough to cover the ground nicely and make it white. The lake in the park has been frozen over for several days, and this afternoon Arthur and Robert and I had our first skate of the season. The ice was smooth and fine where the snow had been scraped off and we had a most enjoyable skate for about an hour and a half. The ice was about 3 inches thick. It will freeze a couple more inches to-night. I was not away this Sunday and don’t know whether I will be away next Sunday or not, but hope I will have a chance to make a little extra. The Women’s Auxiliary held their annual bazaar from Thursday-Saturday in Kitchener. Bonnie and I were over yesterday afternoon. They thought they would make about $1000. This is not as good as last year, as there was too much of that nature going on at the time; but it will help to pull things through. I suppose you had a big Thanksgiving dinner Thursday. With us the day passed like any other ordinary day. Our Thanksgiving day was on Nov. 9. Beyond being a holiday it is not made very much of here. Well, I must close. With all good wishes and much love, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 29, 1925


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 29, 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; an outbreak of small pox at the Seminary; a Women's Auxiliary fundraiser; and skating on Silver Lake at Waterloo Park.