C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 18, 1927
Description
Creators
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Little, Candace
, Recipient
Candace Little
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Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on December 18, 1927. I 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; Christmas preparation; guest speakers at Waterloo College; the Berdux family; and his decision to not have his public-school-aged children vaccinated for small pox.
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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.18, 1927
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
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Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.29.34
Collection
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 18 December 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.34, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc20
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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 Irvin St. Kitchener, Ont.

Rev. H. Schorten, German Secretary

170 Albert Street, Waterloo Ont.

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

Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. E. Holm, Treasurer

Conostogo, Ont.}

Waterloo, Ont.,

Dec. 18, 1927.

Dear Mother:

As I am at home this afternoon and not especially busy I will try to write you a few lines again. I preached at Bridgeport this morning. The weather was very cold and there were not more than 25 or 30 out; but we had a very nice service. I walked down there this morning and came back through Kitchener by streetcar. Although the thermometer was hovering around zero I didn’t mind the cold and rather enjoyed the walk. I am to have charge of the Christmas Service down there on Monday night, the 26th. Everything looks very Christmasy now. We have 2 or 3 inches of snow on the ground, and cutters are running everywhere; although the automobiles are not yet out of commission. Our cold spell came on us rather suddenly. It was comparatively mild yet on Thursday. I went down town that day on the 15th of December without an overcoat. I met Dr. Noecker our M.O.H. and he said: “Dr. Little, you are the champion of the West Ward,” which I took as quite a compliment. The fact is that I am thoroughly toughened to the weather and can go anywhere barehanded and bareheaded. We closed our Seminary College, and College School Friday for the Christmas

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holidays which will last to Jan’y 3rd. Nearly all the boarding students are away and the building over across looks desolate and forsaken. But in the meantime we are enjoying a little rest. The Berdux family are spreading out since the old man died. They spent over $200 on new rugs, bought an expensive Chesterfield set, and are making the money fly in various ways. Susan or ‘Suzanne’ as she styles herself and two of the four boys who were away are spending the winter at home; and Suzanne and Hildegard are taking music lessons. There will likely be parties galore there this winter. The old man is no longer there to strike terror to the roost. I mailed you last night some snapshots of the whole family in installments taken and finished by Carolus. I sent them to every member of the family except Pearl. Tell her the reason I didn’t send any to her was because I am sending her MacLeans’ Magazine for the year, and she will have opportunity to see the pictures at home anyway. I think I will enclose in this letter another picture of Florence. It was taken inside and was so dark that it was rejected as unfit for the group and new ones were taken later; but I think it is angelic in its expression, and prefer it to the other pictures of her. She had a hard fall one day last week and was pretty nearly knocked out for awhile; but she is thoroughly all right again. She is the greatest climber for her age that I ever saw. She gets up on chairs and on tables and on everything else that is climbable and has no fear at all, not even now since she had her fall. On Thursday of last week we had the honour of having two of the Cabinet Ministers of the Dominion Government address our students in the Chapel. These were the Hon. W. D. Euler, Minister of the National Revenue and

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the Hon. Mr. Lapointe, Minister of Justice. Both made very nice speeches. The Christmas Cord is out, but as it is not especially interesting I will not forward it this time. It has one reference to me in it, but as this is in Pennsylvanian Dutch you would probably not understand it anyway. I may reply to it in the same language. In that case I will send you the paper. I had nice weather and a fine trip last Sunday to Unionville and Sherwood. Under the new schedule which they made at my suggestion when I was down before, I was able to get back home Sunday night. I don’t know whether I will have any preaching next Sunday or not. As it is Christmas I would rather stay at home with my family. Mrs. Hawke who lived diagonally across from the Berduxs died early last week from a stroke. She went away from home in order not to see the Berdux funeral when it passed; and hers was the very next one, just one week afterwards. There are a good many cases of smallpox in the twin cities now and a general vaccination of the children in the schools. I didn’t think it necessary for any of ours to be vaccinated. The Public School children will get out for Christmas on Thursday; Marion on Wednesday from the Collegiate. Well, I wish you one and all a very happy and blessed Christmas. With love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 18, 1927


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on December 18, 1927. I 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; Christmas preparation; guest speakers at Waterloo College; the Berdux family; and his decision to not have his public-school-aged children vaccinated for small pox.