C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 13, 1928
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 13, 1928. 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; Carolus' decision to become an accountant; the weather; and the death of Pastor Robert's wife.
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-- 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
Jan.13, 1928
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 13 January 1928, RG-102.13, File 1.30.2, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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RG-102.13 Disc21
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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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 Irvin St. Kitchener, Ont.

Rev. H. Schorten, German Secretary

70 Albert Street, Waterloo Ont.

Rev. C. H. Little, D. D. English Secretary

Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. E. Holm, Treasurer

Conostogo, Ont.}

Waterloo, Ont.,

Jan’y 13, 1928.

Dear Mother:

As I will have to leave here early to-morrow afternoon for Sherwood and Unionville, and will be busy to-morrow morning preparing my sermons for the occasion, I thought I would take time by the forelock and write you a few lines to-night. Perhaps you won’t mind getting your letter a day or so in advance. We have had a streak of extremely mild weather ever since I wrote you last. I have been going down town practically every day without an overcoat on and frequently without a hat, and experienced no discomfort. I went down that way and back this morning. Our snow is all gone except in spots and there has been no skating, or sports, of any kind. I get cooled off though every morning by taking my cold plunge in the bath tub. It agrees with me so well that when I was down at Hamilton last Sunday and called on President Reble, he asked me what I was doing that I was improving so much, and added, “You are looking so well that you are actually becoming good looking.” I enjoyed my trip down to Hamilton last Sunday and found preaching easy in that small church. I am filled up

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with preaching appointments for the rest of this month, and am in hopes that I will fare as well as I did last year in the regard. We had a fine Lecturer at the College this week in the person of Dr. Harry Rimmer, President of the Society for Scientific Research of the U.S.A., who gave us three fine lectures on the general subject of “The Collapse of the Evolutionary Theory.” He was one of the finest lecturers that I have ever heard; and when he had finished the general verdict was that the evolutionary hypothesis was thoroughly and completely demolished. Dr. Rimmer is only about 40 years of age and not very prepossessing in appearance, but as a popular speaker he is a marvel. We were all quite shocked this morning to her of the death in the K. & W. Hospital of Mrs. Roberts, Pastor Roberts’ wife. She went there about two weeks ago to undergo an operation for some womb trouble, I think. She passed through the operation all right, but did not improve, rather grew worse, until one o’clock this morning when she passed away. She was of a bright, sunshiny disposition and had made many friends here, and there is much sympathy for Pastor Roberts and his small children and sorrow over her departure. She is the third pastor’s wife to die within a year – all comparatively young women. Mrs. Roberts was not quite 37. The funeral will be held on Sunday afternoon and the burial will take place in Ellenville, N.Y. I was down to see Pastor Roberts this morning. He feels very

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bad over his loss and especially for his motherless boys, the youngest 5, the oldest 9. Mrs. Moser, over at Prof. Hirtle’s, is improving somewhat; but is still confined I believe to her bed. It is quite likely that her days are also numbered. Herman got quite a nasty cut over his eye tonight in playing basketball at the Sem. I sent him down to Dr. Zwick who bandaged it up for him; so I guess he will be all right again in a day or two. Carolus is working steadily in his Accountant’s apprenticeship and likes his job very much. He is shining around the girls again – since he has a respectable job – much to his mother’s chagrin and disappointment. He brought his girl up to the house last night, which shows that he isn’t ashamed of her. I saw her and I thought she was pretty nice looking. I had a nice letter from Hermine the other day. She is looking forward to the time when they will have a car. Then she said Guy says they will pay us a visit – come up, as it were, out of the American desert to the Canadian oasis and sing “God save the King.” She thought the snaps we sent were great and that our family of children was almost as good [?] as theirs, which is a compliment [?] send you with this mail also [?] which just came out this week. I [?] it and fortunately there is nothing in [?] I think you will find it [?] that. We will

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start our examinations next week, which will continue to the end of the Semester, when we will make a new start, Feb’y 1. But I must close as it is getting high bed time. With love to you all and all good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll, H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 13, 1928

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 13, 1928. 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; Carolus' decision to become an accountant; the weather; and the death of Pastor Robert's wife.