C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 13, 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 November 13, 1927. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children; and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; and the broken engagement of a Seminary student.
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
Nov. 13, 1927
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.29.30
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, 13 November 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.30, 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.,

Nov. 13, 1927.

Dear Mother:

As I have a little time before leaving for Hespeler this p.m., I will employ it in writing a few lines to you. I preached down at Bridgeport this morning. As it was a fine day and bright and cool, I walked down and back. I reached Waterloo in time to see the people coming out of St. John’s and was home almost as soon as they were. The German pastor, Re. Schuelke, is giving up Bridgeport and will preach his last sermon there next Sunday. He was frozen out through the Missions Board’s refusal to continue payment to the parish as long as he was pastor. He told the people he wouldn’t serve them for $225 a year. So the matter is up to the President of Synod and the Mission Board. I do not know what action they will take in the matter. I may have more preaching to do down there or I may have none at all. It depends upon the arrangements that are made, though I think that for the present year the place will be supplied from the Seminary. The Seminary Board will meet on Tuesday to deal with Dr. Willison’s

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resignation, the new Seminary professorship and the purchase of the Weber property. Some of their propositions will be of a rather contentious nature, and the Board will have its hands full. Dr. Maurer has his ire up and is fighting mad against Prof. Neudoerffer, who he thinks doesn’t consult him enough, and also against the proposition to get Prof. Aksim. For harmony’s sake we have agreed to accept Prof. Roth instead of Prof Aksim. But Dr. Maurer had other irons in the fire and we will have to wait to see how things will turn out. One of our Seminary students, Mr. Storkopf left suddenly last week and got married to a girl from Conestogo. He was in the middle year and would have taken his B.A. in the College this year; but he couldn’t wait. The last accounts we had of him were that he was looking for a job. Another of our boys, a Senior Seminarian, broke his engagement with the girl to whom he was engaged several years. He is still in the Seminary; but, as I told him, the chances are that objection will be made to his ordination, and that unless he fixed the matter up he will not be ordained. Aside from these unfortunate occurrences everything is moving along fine in the Seminary. I received the copy of the Hickory Daily Record containing Dr. Keger’s Reformation Sermon. Thanks. Well, I must close. With love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 13, 1927


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 13, 1927. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children; and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; and the broken engagement of a Seminary student.