C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 14, 1928
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 April 14, 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; the weather; an evening out to the movie theatre; the administration and financial situation of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada; and the health of Dr. Maurer and Professor Hinkel.
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
April 14, 1928
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.30.8
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, 14 April 1928, RG-102.13, File 1.30.8, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc21
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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. A. A. Zinck, D. D. English Secretary

Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. E. Holm, Treasurer

Conostogo, Ont.

Waterloo, Ont.,

April 14, 1928

Dear Mother:

As I am leaving early in the morning for Brantford, where I will hold communion and preach to-morrow, I will try to write you a few lines to-night. Next Sunday I will be going to Sherwood-Unionville again. We had a very wild day last Sunday, cold, snowy and blustery, which affected considerably the Church attendance. The ground was covered with a couple inches of snow, which stayed the greater part of the week. To-day was the first day when it was warm enough for rain. It rained quite a bit; but turned suddenly cold about 5 o’clock when it began to snow again and to-night it is about as rough as it was last Sunday. The wind is as heavy as it was anytime last winter. I was in swimming only once this past week and that was yesterday. The water was quite cold and I didn’t stay in long, but enjoyed it while I was in. I didn’t have much teaching to do this last week as we allowed most of the Seminary students to stay out the full week. I had only the Juniors this week; but we expect to have the Seminarians out in full force next week. The rest of the term will run around

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quickly and we will soon be on our vacation again. Bonnie and I were out to the picture show in Kitchener one night this week and saw Ben Hur. The scenic effect was quite good and the picture lasted for two hours. This was the first picture show I attended in a couple years, and I think it will satisfy me for some time to come. I didn’t go on my own account anyway, but only to get Bonnie out. We got our month’s salary several days late, but it finally came, which was another reason for celebrating. But I don’t know how it will be this month, as the banks have shut down on paying any more of Seminary cheques until the overdraft is reduced a couple thousand dollars. And the Board instead of giving attention to this matter has called a special meeting to consider re-organization by way of amalgamation of the three institutions. If they do this I fear we will have no Seminary students next year, as our students are thoroughly fed up on existing conditions and are threatening, unless there is a separation, to go elsewhere. The feeling between them and the College students is far from what is desirable, and the sooner they can be separated the better. What is needed is a financial secretary to raise money for the institution and until this is done all the reorganization in the world will not help, Prof. Neudoerffer is willing to take up this work for a year, if the board agrees; but I think that this is doubtful. I am just a little anxious to know how the thing is going to turn out. The Kitchener Conference held its sessions

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in St. John’s Church the early part of the week. And while I do not belong to this conference, I attended part time. They discussed the divorce question and ended by appointing the Seminary Faculty together with Rev. Mueller of Toronto to prepare Theses for discussion at Synod. I have prepared four short propositions, which I will endeavour to get the Synod to adopt. If it should adopt them it will settle the divorce question forever as far as our church here in Canada is concerned. I think I can carry it in committee, but am not so sure of the Synod. Dr. Maurer is preaching to-morrow and expects to leave Monday for Chicago where he will visit his son for a couple of weeks. Prof. Hinkle still keeps his bed, and it is hard to say when he will get out. Mrs. Maurer is somewhat better and doesn’t look too bad. I haven’t heard anything more from Chicago concerning my degree, but unless they stand on a technicality I should get it this year. I will probably hear from them this next week. Well, I will have to stop here, as the baby is ready to be put to bed. With love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 14, 1928


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 14, 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; the weather; an evening out to the movie theatre; the administration and financial situation of the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada; and the health of Dr. Maurer and Professor Hinkel.