C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 27, 1925
Description
Creators
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
Media Type
Text
Item Type
Correspondence
Description
The file contains a handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on September 27, 1925. 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; gardening; and an infestation of flies.
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
Sept. 27, 1925
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.27.13
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, 27 September 1925, RG-102.13, File 1.27.13, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc17
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

{The Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada} Sept. 27, 1925

Canada

Dear Mother:

Your most welcome and highly interesting letter was received some days ago and was greatly enjoyed as all your letters are. I had intended answering it this afternoon, but owing to an unfortunate invasion which we sustained my time was so taken up that all possibility of letter writing was entirely precluded. The invasion in question was one of flies. The screen had been left in the window of our bed-room this morning. It doesn’t fit tight and as it was raining all day, the flies – all the flies in Kitchener and Waterloo, if not all in western Ontario decided to come in out of the wet. And in they came by tens and hundreds of thousands. It was a battle royal to kill them all and I stormed the place with my swatter for a full two hours. When I had finished there lay upon the floor, the beds, the dresser and the chairs the carcasses of 293,754 flies. I had to get the big coal shovel out of the cellar to shovel them out. Happily there are not more than a dozen or so of them left in the house. But when I look back on the conflict I think I deserve a Carnegie hero medal for bravery.

After supper to-night I went down to Hespeler where I preached a Missionary Sermon for Pastor Grotke. I got along fine and enjoyed preaching. I had about 70 out, which was a fair congregation. I got back home about a quarter of ten.

(Page 2)

As Bonnie has written you and doubtless given you all the news that is worth-while it will not be necessary for me to write you at any great length to-night. Our Seminary opened this last week, and although all the theologs are not back, I taught all my classes rigorously and found great pleasure in doing so. Our school is going strong. We have about 80 on hand now and will have 83 when the Seminary students are all in. I agreed to-day to take over the Catechetical class at Bridgeport for Pastor Schülke. It will meet once a week from October till Easter. It has to be in English and as Pastor Schuelke cannot handle the language I agreed to help him out. There will be nothing in it for me beyond expenses, but I am willing to do it for the good of the cause. I got $6 for preaching to-night which came in like a godsend as I was down this week to the zero mark. We have had cool weather and have had the furnace going all week. All swimming at the dam is at an end for this season, and I rather miss it. We still have some carrots and some cabbage in our garden. Aside from this we have eaten it clean. I don’t know a year when we ate everything up as closely as we did this year. I have engaged my cider for the winter from our neighbour Mr. Weber. As we have a bumper apple crop this winter cider is very cheap, 15₵ a gallon. If I had another barrel I think I would fill two of them. Well, it is getting late and I will close. If I wrote another page I might not get it in Bonnie’s wee tiny envelope. With much love and all good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 27, 1925


The file contains a handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on September 27, 1925. 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; gardening; and an infestation of flies.