C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 9, 1927
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 January 9, 1927. 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; his daily cold water baths; the resignation of Dr. Zinck; ice skating; and the weather.
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
Jan. 9, 1927
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.29.2
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, 9 January 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.2, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc20
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
Website:
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

Waterloo College

Waterloo College School

Waterloo, Ontario}

Jan’y 9, 1927

Dear Mother:

As a little more than a week has rolled around since I last wrote you I will try to give you a few lines again to-night. We have had a week of good, solid winter weather since I wrote you the first of the year, though without storms. To-day, however, was considerably milder, though not warm enough to do any thawing. We had one day last week of snow and heavy wind, which gave me some heavy shoveling to do between here and Heipel’s (formerly Rumballs). I shoveled it with only my light summer coat on and bare headed, though the thermometer was around zero. The boys succeeded in getting a good coating of ice on the Seminary rink and it is very popular these days. I was out a couple times last week and also this afternoon and had a good skate each time. I am still keeping up my cold water baths every morning and with good effect. I am well hardened to the winter now and wear my thin coat without discomfort. I was home to-day again, and went down to Church and to communion this morning. Bonnie and Marion and the three largest boys are down at the English service to-night as I am writing to you. I had the chance to go to Stratford to-day to preach, but as it is a bi-lingual congregation I had to turn it down, the notification coming too late in the week,

(Page 2)

Friday afternoon, for me to get up a German sermon. I was sorry too as I am very much in need of the money. January is always my hardest month in the year. I preached at Bridgeport last Sunday, but the treasurer was away and made no provision for paying me, so they said they would pay me double next month, which is all right, but doesn’t help me now. However, I hope to pull through by hook or crook somehow. You should have seen Ruth and Catharine going to Sunday School this morning. With their cheeks red from the cold and the contrast in their hair they presented quite a picture. The children said the teacher and scholars remarked about Catharine, saying “Isn’t she cute?” Little Florence is growing and becoming stronger every day. She raises herself up almost to a sitting position in her carriage and looks on at the children when they are playing around her. She is a very good little baby, takes an interest in everything and sleeps all night. We have lots of snow and the children have great times playing in it. The Board of Governors met last Tuesday and tried their best to keep Dr. Zinck. Even offered him $300 more salary, but he finally decided to accept the call to the Milwaukee Church, and served notice that he would leave the first of February. It looked for a time as though we might lose both Dr. Zinck and Dr. Potter; but Dr. Potter was persuaded to stay. We will be one man short in the Seminary from February on. That will give us more work; but we will have to do the best we can under the circumstances. Dr. Zinck is a fine teacher, but stirred up a lot of trouble as an executive head. Well, I will have to 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, January 9, 1927


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 9, 1927. 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; his daily cold water baths; the resignation of Dr. Zinck; ice skating; and the weather.