C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 16, 1926
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 May 16, 1926. 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; Bonnie and Catharine's trip to Nova Scotia; the children's academic success; his upcoming trip to North Carolina; and a dinner party hosted by Dr. Zinck.
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
May 16, 1926
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-12.13_1.28.12
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, 16 May 1926, RG-102.13, File 1.28.12, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc18
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{The Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada

Waterloo, Ontario}

May 16, 1926

Dear Mother:

I have just got back from Galt, where I preached to-day. It is nearly 10 o’clock and I am somewhat tired, so I will have to cut my letter short to-night. But this will let you know that we are all well and kicking along as usual. We had a bright, nice warm day to-day. It was almost too nice, as it enticed many to go junketing in their automobiles and neglect the Church service. I don’t think I had more than 30 out this morning and not more than 50 to-night. But the Church is small and no great effort was required in preaching. This afternoon the people with whom I was staying took me out for a jaunt in their Ford car. It was an old model and somewhat out of date, but “it took us there and brought us back”. Next Sunday I am to preach in Bridgeport again and administer communion to my confirmation class and the English members of the congregation. The weather here has been quite spring-like for the last 3 or 4 days. I let my furnace go out about the middle of the week and have had no occasion to start it up again since. If this continues I will have almost a ton of coal to start the furnace up with in the fall. I hope that this will be the case as I have paid out over $230 for fuel during the past year. I had my garden ploughed the first of last week and started planting on the 14th. I have over

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half of it in now and hope to be able to finish it up this week. But as it is dry and dusty I don’t expect anything to come up until we get a good warm rain. Our Seminary will close on the 20th, and this week will be taken up largely with examinations. I have had only one so far and will have quite a number this week. Marion passed her late examinations with honours, so I am in hopes that she will get through without having to stand the Entrance Exams. In that case we will probably be able to leave here on our Southern trip somewhere around the 20th of June.

Bonnie is feeling much better since she came back from her trip and seems ever so much better satisfied with home. But, I think, she should have stayed away longer. Our Board of Governors at its meeting some time ago decided to call Missionary Ernst Neudoerffer to take Dr. Hoffmann’s place. But in answer to their cablegram he said he could not consider a call before 1927 in the fall of that year. The Board is to meet again this week; but I don’t know what they will do in the matter. We will all be glad to see Pastor and Mrs. Bockelmann back again this week. On Friday night Dr. and Mrs. Zinck gave a dinner to the graduating class of the Seminary and the Seminary Faculty. It was a good feed and we spent quite an enjoyable evening. Herman went fishing twice last week and brought back some eight or ten fish each time. They weren’t very large, but were good. The Oratorical Contest of the College School was held on Wednesday night last and passed off creditably. Our Synod will meet at Hamilton June 1 following. I am on for a sermon and for a number of reports. After it is over I hope to enter upon the enjoyment of my vacation. As Dr. Krauss will be away in Europe I will, I think, let up for a while on my correspondence course. I have so far completed 19 of the 23 courses. But I must stop here. With love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 16, 1926


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on May 16, 1926. 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; Bonnie and Catharine's trip to Nova Scotia; the children's academic success; his upcoming trip to North Carolina; and a dinner party hosted by Dr. Zinck.