Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 17, 1939
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Description
Creators
Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Little, Candace
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
Typewritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on September 17, 1939. Little describes 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. In this letter, Little discusses the weather, the war, and his garden.
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.

Date of Original
September 17, 1939
Dimensions
Width: 21 cm
Height: 28 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.41.35
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
Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections
Reproduction Notes
U242 Disc15
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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. C.R. Cronmiller, Vice-President

Williamsburg, Ont.

Rev. H.R. Mosig, German Secretary

New Hamburg, Ont.

Rev. C. H. Little, S.T.D., English Sec'y

170 Albert Street, Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. E. Holm, Treasurer

Conestogo, Ont.}

Sept. 17, 1939.

Dear Mother:

It is real cool this morning after the hottest week we have had all summer. One day during the past week the thermometer reached94 degrees in the shade. This was the official thermometer: others went still higher. It was too hot even to play horseshoe in the evening; but yesterday afternoon around 4 o’clock there was a sudden change, and the thermometer dropped perhaps as much as 50 degrees throughthe night. So we can’t complain about heat anymore, and autumn promises to come in on time. This morning down at St. John’s we are going to have the dedication of the new pipe organ, which was being installed through the summer months, and is at last ready for consecration. It has been equipped with chimes and all other modern attachments. The total cost of the organ and its equipments is over $ 8000.00, of which a little over half has been paid in. So we were all begged in a requesting letter to bring in a special contribution toward the organ fund this morning. But if they are all like me, they won’t get much; and this is putting it mildly- as a matter of fact they won’t get anything as I am putting my last cent in my regular envelope collection. I am hoping however, though I may die in despair, that when the students’ fees come in this week they will pay us a little without further delay. On Monday we will have our Seminary registration and on Tuesday that of the College; and then another year’s work will have begun. The war is still on, as you are all perhaps more or less painfully aware. Our government declared war, but for the present did not declare conscription. They are neglecting no

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know methods of propaganda, and it is only a question of time when conscription will be on us in full force. The whole situation is tragic and bodes no good. The war will as it appears at present be long and bloody; and whichever side wins, it will make for the spread of Bolshevistic Communism throughout the world. The outlook, to my mind, is extremely gloomy. The nations wills simply have to reap what they have sown. Herman and Carolus left yesterday morning early for a visit to the World’s Fair in New York. They expect to put in a full week down there. In the meantime Arthur istaking Hermans place at the Brewery Warehouse. This gives him some work to do and will probably ease his mind a little. He was getting fed up with lying around and having nothing to do; and I was afraid that if this went on long enough, he might be prevailed upon to enlist. It would be a shame for a theological student with his ability and long training to wind up his career as “canon fodder”. There is another opening for a pastor within our synod now, St. John’s., Montreal being vacant. This makes two vacancies to be filled shortly. So I think there is a good chance for Arthur to have a parish before long. We had a meeting of the Executive Committee of Synod last week, and I talked the matter over with our President, and he promised to do what he can for Arthur. We had fresh beans out of our garden a couple times last week – the second crop. This was bacause I turned a deaf ear to Bonnie’s pleas to weed out the garden and make it look “pretty and neat”. The grass protected the plants and kept them moist and they produced again, which all goes to show, as old Shakespeare so wisely says, that there was “method in my madness.” Well, I have just about reached my limit, and so will close for this time. With love and all good wishes, I am Devotedly yours, [Carroll]

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 17, 1939


Typewritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on September 17, 1939. Little describes 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. In this letter, Little discusses the weather, the war, and his garden.