C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 24, 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 December 24, 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 community Christmas party; and the family's Christmas celebrations.
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. 24, 1927
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.29.35
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, 24 December 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.35, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc20
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
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Agency street/mail address:

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 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. 24, 1927.

Dear Mother:

As there will be no mail collection after to-day till Tuesday, I thought I had better write you a short note this afternoon before the mail goes off. We are having the most beautiful Christmas weather imaginable. Snow covers the ground, the sun is shining bright, and it is only moderately cold. At three o’clock this afternoon the Community Christmas tree with Santa Claus and float accompaniments will come off. The children are all aglee over it and bother me every few minutes asking whether it is time to go down. They are anxious for their bags of candy, though they don't really need them as we have candy and nuts galore. Before I forget it I want to thank you for you generous contribution, which came in particularly good in view of the fact that we didn’t get our Dec. cheques this year before Christmas. If it hadn’t been for your cheque and some others that came we couldn’t have got any presents for the children beyond nuts and candies. But as it is they have plenty of presents and I didn’t have to spend more than $5 or so in addition to what we received. We are very grateful to you and the others who helped out and enabled us to make the children happy. Bonnie received Pearl’s cheque the

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other day and will attend the acknowledgement of it later, when she gets her new pen and when times are not so busy. Pearl’s package for the children has not arrived as yet. I subscribed for McLean’s for Pearl; but I don’t know whether they will start the subscription before Jan’y 1 or not. I could have preached to-morrow at Bridgeport; but there is not much in it and I preferred to spend Christmas day at home with my family. We have the nicest Christmas tree this year that we ever had and have it beautifully trimmed, having added a quantity of new decorations. We will light it up and give out the presents to-night. We got a big fine goose the other day weighing about 13 lbs. Bonnie is busy preparing it now. She made mincemeat last week and for the first time in several years we had something to put in it to make it good. You needn’t get excited about my swimming and cold water baths. The proof of the pudding is in the eating and I had the best health the past year that I have ever had in spite of the fact that I have worked the hardest. I didn’t say anything when Bonnie hid my bathing suit, but was as meek as Moses. But I must close here. Wishing you one and all a happy Christmas and a New Year filled with richest blessings.

I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 24, 1927


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 24, 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 community Christmas party; and the family's Christmas celebrations.