C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 20, 1925
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 20, 1925. 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; family Christmas plans; and the celebration of Dr. Schorten's 25th ordination anniversary.
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
Dec. 20, 1925
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Local identifier
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, 20 December 1925, RG-102.13, File 1.27.22, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc17
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{The Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada} Waterloo, Ontario Canada}

Dec. 20, 1925

Dear Mother:

Your kind letter with its generous enclosure came to hand a few days ago. We enjoyed your letter and I was especially pleased to have so full an account of Aunt Fronie’s funeral and glad to hear that you had such a nice time for it and that it was so well attended and that the floral tributes were so profuse. I will always have the most pleasant memories of Aunt Frone as one of the most gentle and kind-hearted of women. The home is entirely broken up now and I suppose the gathering of all the children will probably be their last reunion. But so it goes. Here we have no continuing city; it is well if we are seeking one to come – the city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

I wish to say that I appreciate most highly your contribution toward our Christmas cheer. But after reading your letter and learning how hard-up you were yourself I almost wished you hadn’t sent it. However, the sacrifice makes it all the more precious. I don’t know how we would have got along without it as my last cent had long gone the way of all the earth. I spent a little of the money on small expenses that could not be avoided and some to pay Church dues to-day, and have still nine dollars on hand which I am endeavouring

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to save for Christmas. On the strength of this I ordered a Christmas tree the other day from a farmer for 75₵. I think I will put most of the rest on candies, nuts and oranges for a Christmas treat for the children. I don’t think we will get any special presents this year and thus prudently avoid an orgy of spending. I am generally able to pay all my bills when the monthly cheque comes around; but last month, owing largely to winter clothes that had to be bought and shoes and rubbers I was about $25 short. The cheque for Dec. has not arrived yet, though I expect it to be paid early this week. But it will be well taken up and leave a long dry spell through Jan’y. However, as far as I am concerned, I don’t worry; but take things as they come and expect some way out. And when I don’t have it, I cut down expenditures to a minimum .i.e to say I don’t buy anything in the way of luxuries except tobacco, which should really be classed under the necessities. I haven’t even made beer since last summer, but I still have some cider to drink, which is excellent.

We closed our school at noon on Friday. In the evening Prof. Schorten celebrated his 25th ordination anniversary. There was a service in the Chapel and speeches, and a donation of a purse from the various conferences. Thus adjournment was made to his home where a social evening was spent and a smoker held with accompanying liquid refreshments. There were about 25 ministers present and

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some 8 or 10 women. I guess my turn will come next, as my 25th anniversary falls on the 3rd of June of next year. I am afraid, however, it will not be very profitable financially if I have to keep up the entertaining pace set by Prof. Schorten. However, there is this consolation that I will be nothing out. Prof. Schorten received, I think, about $75. We had cold weather all last week and this morning a frost that covered all the trees; but it turned warmer up in the day. This afternoon I went down for a skate on the dam, but had hardly got down there before it began to rain. In consequence I didn’t stay longer than was necessary to get the kinks out of my legs. Our Christmas Children’s service will take place on Christmas night. Eileen is about the only one of our children that shines in that. I will not be present as I am booked for a Christmas service at Bridgeport that night. I took Ruth and Catharine down to the barbershop the other day and had their hair bobbed. It made quite a change on Catharine whose hair was long. She seems quite proud of her bob. I asked her while ago what I should tell grandmother for her and she said “I don’t know grandmother.” But I think on reflection she would still remember you. Give my love to Hermine and my nieces and the little nephew and the brother-in-law whom I haven’t seen. May you all have a blessed and happy Christmas!

Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 20, 1925

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 20, 1925. 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; family Christmas plans; and the celebration of Dr. Schorten's 25th ordination anniversary.