C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 28, 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 August 28, 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; a fishing trip with Rev. Pfeiffer; the birth of Rev. and Mrs. Hirtle's twins; and the arrest of burglary suspects in Kitchener.
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
Aug. 28, 1927
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.29.23
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, 28 August 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.23, 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

{Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada

Rev. J. Reble, President

104 Hughson St. Hamilton, Ont.

Rev. J. Maurer, D. D., Vice-President

49 Irvine St. Kitchener

Rev. H. Schorten, German Secretary

170 Albert Street, Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. A. A. Zinck, D. D., English Secretary

Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. E. Holm, Treasurer

St. Jacobs, Ont.} Aug. 28, 1927

Dear Mother:

I have just got back from Port Colborne and Preston, where I preached to-day, and have eaten my supper; and, although it is late – after 10 o’clock, consequently almost high bed-time – I will try to write you a few lines to-night. I would have written you Friday night, but as it was late when I got home that night, I didn’t get it done. On Saturday before I left I might have written, but had to put the time on my sermons for to-day. But as this is my usual time for writing further apologies would be superfluous. I was away all week last week. Rev. Pfeiffer of Linwood took me up to the north country on his car Monday morning. We were as far as Lake Huron and were fishing and swimming nearly every day. The season was not very good for fishing and there were no boats to get out into the deep of the lakes, but I caught one large pike that measured 28 in. long and weighed 3 lbs., and a half-dozen or so of small black bass, besides lots of little fish, which we used as bait. I also had some great swims in the beautiful clear water of those lakes. In one lake that Pastor Tuenkheim and I swam nearly across the water was 25 ft. deep where we went in and had a depth of 56 ft. toward the middle of the lake. The water was quite cold

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but the swimming was remarkably easy. When I got up there on Monday evening Rev. Tuenkheim pressed me into service by having me address his Luther League. After preaching the previous Sunday and travelling around 200 miles since Saturday I was somewhat tired, but succeeded in getting away with it and in apparently satisfying my audience. I had a very nice time on the trip and enjoyed the outing in that picturesque country. The weather was ideal – fine and dry – though the wind was cool and there were slight frosts at night. Lake Huron looks like the ocean. Its waves were high and tipped with white-caps and came in with a thunderous roar; and its waters were as blue as the ocean. On last Sunday afternoon Mrs. (Rev. Prof.) Hirtle gave birth at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital to two twins – a boy and a girl, Murray Seward and Dorothy Virginia. I did not hear of it till I got back Saturday and have not seen him or her or them since. But Bonnie says Prof. Hirtle is tickled to death over his accomplishment. Evidently he is making up for lost time. He actually invited Bonnie to go down with him in his car to see Mrs. Hirtle and the twins one of these days. I will be preaching at Port Colborne till the 18th of Sept. On that date I will install the new pastor, Rev. Isler. On the 7th and 8th I will be at the Conference meeting in Pembroke, north of Ottawa about 75 miles. So I still have quite a bit of travelling before me. Kitchener and Waterloo have been bothered lately with numerous burglaries; but they caught the lads yesterday. They were local boys of high class society, but dope-fiends. So people are resting easier now. Well, I must close and get to bed. With best wishes and love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 28, 1927


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 28, 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; a fishing trip with Rev. Pfeiffer; the birth of Rev. and Mrs. Hirtle's twins; and the arrest of burglary suspects in Kitchener.