Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 1, 1929
Description
Creators
Little, Carroll Herman, Author
Little, Candace
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on December 1, 1929. Little describes family life and his work as a faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada. Includes information about a party thrown for Carolus and Herman Little.
Notes
Carroll Herman Little (1872-1958) was a Lutheran pastor, and a professor and administrator at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (now Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) 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.

Carroll Herman 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, and John Frederick.

Carroll Herman Little died in Waterloo, Ontario on March 31, 1958.

Letter transcribed by Michael Skelton in 2013.
Date of Original
Dec. 1, 1929
Dimensions
Width: 21 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
U242_1.31.10
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
Carroll Herman Little letter, 1 December 1929, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Wilfrid Laurier University
Reproduction Notes
U242 Disc11
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Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
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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, D.D., German Secretary

170 Albert Street, Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. C. H. Little, D.D., S.T.D., English Secretary

Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. E. Holm, Treasurer

Conestogo, Ont.

177 Albert St.,

Waterloo, Ont.,}

Dec. 1, 1929.

Dear Mother:

Sunday night has returned again, and as I am at home with the children I will try to write you a few lines once more. We are having real winter now, with wind and lots of snow. Every morning for the last few days the thermometer has been hovering around zero. Yesterday morning it was just 5% above, and to-day it continues still quite cold. Such cold weather is quite unusual even with us at this season. But for myself I don’t mind it at all. I walked down to Bridgeport this morning, as usual without gloves overcoat or hat, and didn’t mind it at all. I didn’t preach down there, but held my catechetical class after Sunday School while Prof. Aksim was preaching in the Church in German. After the service I came back with him on the streetcar. I intended going down on the dam skating this afternoon, but it snowed too heavily and I stayed at house and did some reading instead. The next two Sundays I will be preaching at Bridgeport. I will also have charge of the Christmas service of the Sunday School there during the holidays. Outside of Bridgeport there is not much preaching to do, but I am booked for one Sunday in January in Maynooth. This place is about 275 miles north-east of here

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and will necessitate my being away for about 3 days. So I am not very anxious to take it, but will do so in order to help out. Our Christmas vacation will begin on the 18th inst and will continue until Jan’y 3, 1930.

On Friday night last Bonnie gave a party for Carolus and Herman and their friends. There were seven couples present including Marion and her beau. One of the boys brought his grammophone and another his electric radio, which furnished the music; and they spent most of the time in dancing. Bonnie furnished coffee and sandwiches and cookies and cakes, which all enjoyed very much. The youngsters had a good time and it was nearly two o’clock in the morning before we got rid of them. Marion doesn’t dance, but Carolus and Herman take to it like ducks to water. Little Frederick stayed up during the whole time and seemed to enjoy the excitement of it as well as the next one. One advantage we derived from it was that we got our dining room floor polished to perfection. Carolus and his friend Theodore Christiansen looked out for that. Besides dancing they had music and played crokinole. I had to buy Herman an overcoat and Arthur an overcoat and a suit of clothes last week. So I have a bill down town for clothing alone of about $60. But they simply had to have them and there was no getting out of it. Catharine made a hundred on her last two examinations on arithmetic and was quite proud of her record. All the children seem to be doing very well in school. Marion stood fourth in her class. Robert didn’t stand so high, but passed in everything. The High School or Collegiate is a new school for him. Things are moving alone fine in the Seminary and a good spirit prevails. I am kept quite busy, but am enjoying the work. But I must close. With love and all good wishes, I am Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll.

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 1, 1929


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on December 1, 1929. Little describes family life and his work as a faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada. Includes information about a party thrown for Carolus and Herman Little.