C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 7, 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 April 7, 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; the measles quarantine; the death of Rev. Gerberding; Marion's confirmation; Nils Willison's health; and the cross on top of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Kitchener, Ontario.
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 7, 1927
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.29.10
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, 7 April 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.10, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc20
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Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

Waterloo College

Waterloo College School

The Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada

Waterloo, Ontario}

April 7, 1927

Dear Mother:

As I didn’t get around to writing to you Saturday night, I will try to give you a few lines to-night. I had quite a trip to-day – to Toronto and back. I left Waterloo this morning by Radial at 5:50 o’clock, went to Galt and took the C.P.R., arrived in the city at 8:25, preached in First Lutheran Church at 11 a.m., and was back home at 6:20 p.m. This was quick work, and I received $15 for the day, clearing about $11, which wasn’t too bad, all things considered. But I am feeling a little tired to-night. Next Sunday I have agreed to preach for Dr. Maurer, which is a thank you job. I don’t feel under particular obligation to him; but he is having it pretty hard just now, and as Dr. Willison is still laid up and Dr. Zinck is gone and he has no one to help him out I agreed to do so. Marion was confirmed this morning. As I was away, Bonnie also could not go. So only the boys and Eileen of the family saw her confirmed; but Bonnie says she is quite sure Marion looked as swell as any of them in her white rig. There were 36 in the class to be confirmed, and the whole service was in English this morning. On the 24th, the Sunday after Easter, I am to go down to Toronto again. The most objectionable [?] to this is the early rising. I had to get up a little after 4 this morning in order to make my connections. However, I caught up a little by sleeping on the train. I suppose you have received

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the picture of me Carolus sent you the other day. It is an old picture of which you already have a snap-shot; but he sent the picture as a sample of his enlargements. He sells these enlargements at 25₵ a piece mounted and makes a little spending money this way. He first takes the snap-shot and then enlarges it, and does quite well for an amateur. Robert got out of quarantine on Tuesday of last week and has been back in school since. The very day they took the quarantine sign off the door Bonnie broke out with measles and had quite a dose of them. As we were in quarantine when we didn’t have the measles we thought it only fair to be out of quarantine when we did have them. So we didn’t have the sign put back on. None of the others have shown any sign of having them as yet. Bonnie thinks she caught hers from the Willisons when we were over there about a week or two ago. Dr. Willison is improving very slowly from his operation. The wound hasn’t healed up as yet and fills up with pus or serum. I was shocked to hear a few days ago of Dr. Gerberding’s sudden and violent death. I didn’t hear any particulars and last week’s Lutheran hasn’t arrived at the Seminary as yet; but it certainly seems hard that an old man, such as Dr. Gerberding, should be so cruelly done to death. I suppose, from your last letter, that you were away when the accident occurred. Enclosed I am sending you a snow seen over by the letter box and the row of spruce trees on the Willison side, snap taken by Carolus during our last big snow. I am also enclosing a clipping from the Record describing Dr. Sperling’s wonderful cross on St. Peter’s Tower. It is about the most striking thing in Kitchener and is massive. It if were a fixture instead of a revolver I would like it very much. The revolution (which it isn’t making yet) renders it too theatrical

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to please my aesthetic taste. However, he has put it all over the Catholics in the magnificent proportions of the cross. We are closing our schools for the Easter holidays on Wednesday afternoon of this week. The College and College School will reopen on Tuesday afternoon. The Seminary will not reopen until Thursday p.m. This will give us a little respite from the rather hard grind we have had since Dr. Zinck left. In the first two forms of the College School examinations began last week. Arthur thinks he made good grades on all subjects so far, and I think he will make a good showing. Examinations in the 3rd form will not take place till after Easter. Well, I have already transgressed the limits that I expected when I started this letter, so I guess I had better stop now while the stopping is good. 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, April 7, 1927


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 7, 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; the measles quarantine; the death of Rev. Gerberding; Marion's confirmation; Nils Willison's health; and the cross on top of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Kitchener, Ontario.