C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 10, 1927
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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 December 10, 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; weather; the death of his neighbour, Mr. Berdux; and student William Schulte-Tigges.
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
Dec.10, 1927
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.29.33
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, 10 December 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.33, 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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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.,

Dec. 10, 1927.

Dear Mother:

I will have to write you very briefly this morning as I am leaving on the eleven o’clock train from Kitchener for Unionville and Sherwood where I am to preach to-morrow. Since Thursday we have been having real winter weather, not far above zero, and it is still very cold. The cold snap came on very suddenly with a heavy wind storm that fairly shook the house Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Our neighbour Mrs. Prof. Henkel was so frightened that she stayed up all night till 6 o’clock in the morning; but perhaps she has a [?] conscience. We all slept as though we were rocked in the cradle of the deep. Considerable damage was done in Toronto and other places. Here the only damage was the blowing down of the newly erected fence around the skating rink and the scrapping off of the flag pole on the Seminary.

Yesterday I was down at London attending the meeting of the University Senate. It was about 11 o’clock when I reached home last night. Our neighbour Mr. Berdux died Dec. 5th and was buried, or rather placed in the Mausoleum on Thursday afternoon. He had bought two sections just a month or so before he took sick. They had a very stormy day for the funeral, which was held only from the house. Mr.

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Berdux was in bed for three months before he died. He was a Missourian, but fell out with his pastor, and so was waited upon and buried by Pastor Roberts. I couldn’t attend, but Bonnie was at the funeral and she said Pastor Roberts gave him a great send off and prayed that we might “walk in his footsteps”; which, in view of those that knew him, might not be altogether advisable. Our Seminary Senior who jilted his girl has had things made too hot for him by the girl’s family and has left the Seminary to enter Chicago Seminary, where, I understand, they have agreed to receive him. He will probably secure ordination from one of the Synods in the States and will work over there. I think this is rather disorderly on the part of Chicago, but we are making no protest.

The Synodical Executive Committee met last week to consider the case of student Schulte-Tigges, the Swede whom they brought over to attend the Seminary. He refuses to attend and is working in Hamilton and Toronto among the Swedes and is very obstreperous. He is an able fellow, but I think a little off in the head. I think he will try to link up with Missouri. Hazel sent up yesterday a whole raft of out-grown clothes of Carol’s, which will work in well for Eileen. Dr. Potter was supposed to get back yesterday, but I haven’t heard whether he arrived or not. But I must close here. With love to all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 10, 1927


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 10, 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; weather; the death of his neighbour, Mr. Berdux; and student William Schulte-Tigges.