C. H. Little to Candace Little, October 2, 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 October 2, 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 weather; the upcoming German Conference of the U.L.C.A; his trip to Philadelphia; and the election of Nils Willison as the only Canadian delegate to the 1929 Lutheran World Convention in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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
Oct. 2, 1927
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.29.25
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, 2 October 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.25, 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
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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 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

Conestogo, Ont.} Waterloo, Ont.,

October 2, 1927.

Dear Mother;

Your very interesting letter of the 22nd ult was duly received and was read with pleasure. As I am at home again to-day, but am leaving at 5:30 to preach at Hespeler, I will try to give you a little time this afternoon. We have had remarkable weather since I wrote you last week – warm and summery, more like June or July than September and October. To-day is almost a roaster, and when I get this letter done I will have to go in swimming in order to get cooled off. I have been going in regularly every day and during the past week have been swimming across the lake and back, as in the good old summer time. Our furnace fire which we had to start a couple weeks ago has been out now for over a week to the saving of money and labour. The Seminary and College opened up auspiciously last week, and I finished my first week of teaching on Friday. We have 14 in the Seminary so far, with four more to come in.

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When they are all in we will have the largest body of Seminary students that we have ever had. With the larger classes I find the Seminary work more interesting and I feel that I am going to enjoy it very much this year. The College has an enrollment of forty or more, and all told I think our total enrollment is around 110. With one Seminary professorship vacant we have more work than we ought to have, to do it justice; but we can probably carry on in this fashion for a time. I think that between this and Christmas we will get the man we want.

This week – 5th and 6th – the big German Conference of the U.L.C.A. will meet in St. Matthew’s Church, Kitchener. It will take into consideration all matters pertaining to the German interests and will make recommendations to the next ULCA convention. There will be some big guns fired in both English and German. I will not be able to take in much of it on account of my work at the Seminary, but may be able to look in on it; and anyway they are going to hold one session here at the Seminary. Our friend Dr. Willison is very much elated these days. In the beginning of last week he was notified by Secretary Scherer that he had been elected delegate to the Lutheran World Convention, meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1929. His head, which was always high enough, is now almost scraping the stars. Dr. Willison is the only Canadian delegate, the other 8 being from the U.S. I suppose you saw the account of this in The Lutheran. Our next door

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neighbour, Prof. Hirtle, received a unanimous call to Trinity Church, Hamilton. He has been considering it but has as yet given no indication as to whether his answer will be in the nature of an acceptance or of a declination. I think the general feeling here is that he ought to go. My paper – read before the Easter Conference – on Election will be published in this month’s issue of the Canada Lutheran. If they don’t butcher it up too badly I may send you a copy. Pastor Bockelmann is to be here Sunday Oct. 16th and preach at the celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the founding of St. John’s Church. The new parish hall is to be dedicated sometime in November. I am sorry I can’t come on to North Carolina when I get to Phil’a, but on account of conditions here I will have to hurry back as quickly as possible. In fact I really shouldn’t go at all, but am straining a point in order to keep up Canadian representation on the Commission. The children are all well and happy. The baby gets into all kinds of mischief and is the most active child for her age that we have ever had. Catharine is the most original in her expressions. She said to Bonnie the other day Mother, you are trying to be “girlish”. Coming in the other day when the wind was blowing she said Mother, you just out to see how it is “winding” outside. But I must close. With love and all good wishes. I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, October 2, 1927


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on October 2, 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 weather; the upcoming German Conference of the U.L.C.A; his trip to Philadelphia; and the election of Nils Willison as the only Canadian delegate to the 1929 Lutheran World Convention in Copenhagen, Denmark.