C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 6, 1925
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 September 6, 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; a trip to the Canadian National Exhibition; renovations at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Kitchener; Carolus' trip to Toronto, the Canadian National Exhibition, and Niagara Falls; and his upcoming trip to the Eastern Conference in Ladysmith, Quebec.
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 2013.
Date of Original
Sept. 6, 1925
Dimensions
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
RG-102.13_1.27.11
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, 6 September 1925, RG-102.13, File 1.27.11, 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
Website:
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 Irvine St. Kitchener

Rev. H. Schorten, German Secretary

170 Albert Street, Waterloo, Ont.

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

Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. E. Holm, Treasurer

St. Jacobs, Ont.} Waterloo, Ont.

Sept. 6, 1925.

Dear Mother:

As another Sunday has rolled around again I will try to write you a few lines to-night. We have had a very wet day to-day. It began raining last night and has kept it up without intermission all day. As this was about the second rain we have had all summer we have no reason to complain about it. I don’t think I ever saw a drier summer than this has been. In consequence of this our late planting was an exiguous failure, and I am more convinced than ever that once planting is quite sufficient. We had lots of corn, but it matured so rapidly that we had to eat it all up in about two weeks. My to-matoes are ripening very fast now also and seem to have gotten over the rot with which the first ripe ones were afflicted.

This morning I went down to St. Matthew’s, Kitchener, as I wanted to see the Church after its new decorations. They spent about $7000 on the interior and the money was well-spent. I don’t think I ever saw a Lutheran Church with so rich and so beautiful an interior. It is really a work of art that would be hard to surpass. I preached down in Toronto last Sunday and had a very good congregation out to hear me. After service the men were talking together in German and I joined in the conversation, when one of the men – Mr. Heinzmann of the Heinzmann Piano Company asked me if I was born in Germany.

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He seemed quite surprised when I answered “Ich bin in Süden der Vereinigten Staaten geboreu”. I regarded this question as quite a compliment to my “Dutch”. On Monday morning I went to the station and met Bonnie, who decided after all to come down. We intended to take the boat trip and go across to Niagara Falls, but when we got down there we found that the boat was running on City time, and that the next boat would not get back in time for us to catch the train for home Monday night. So we decided to take in the Canadian National Exhibition instead. It was, as it always is, a great exhibition and we saw a great many wonderful things, among them a Southern girl do some remarkable stunts from an airplane. In the evening we took dinner with Col. F.S.L. Ford at the Alexandria Palace, where he lives. He used to be a physician at New Germany, N.S., but in the war was advanced to be a Col. and after the war was given charge of the Military Hospital at Toronto and made a teacher in the Military Institute there. He is an old bachelor and lives in luxury in Toronto. He seemed very pleased to have us with him. We found everybody all right when we arrived home at 10 o’clock Monday night. On Tuesday Carolus with Mr. Gladstone Schaeffer, a friend of his, went to Toronto to the Exhibition. They took in the sights of the city one day, attended the Exhibition one day and went over and saw Niagara a third day. They came back Friday reporting a great time, and I think from what they said that they saw about everything that was worth seeing. They got through the entire trip on about $16 apiece. Since then Carolus has bought himself a nobby suit of clothes, for which he paid $28.50. In it he looks quite presentable. He still has some money left for spending purposes. Herman worked until yesterday, and as he didn’t go off

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or blow any money he has more than $50 on hand. He is going to buy himself a suit of clothes shortly. These things will relieve me considerably, though, I will still have plenty to provide for. Hazel helped out a little too by sending clothes for the little girls, which will come in handy this winter. She made quite a fine smocked dress for Eileen and sent some nice coats and other things. Yesterday I bought a type-writer from Herman’s employer. It is a Remington and hasn’t been used much and is in fine condition. I got it at a bargain for $27.50. I was going to use it for this letter, but found I could make faster progress with pen and ink. So, I decided simply to address the envelope this time and to write my letters with it when I get a little more used to the keyboard. I am sure after I acquire the necessary skill for running the machine you will find my letters much more legible and my chirography much improved. To-morrow morning I am starting off on the early 6 o’clock train for a long trip – all the way to Ladysmith, Province of Quebec, where I will attend the Eastern Conference to which I was appointed by the President of Synod. I expect it will be a nice trip. I will reach Ottawa to-morrow at about 5:30, will stay all night with McCreary and the next day we will go together to Ladysmith, which is about 50 miles N.E. of Ottawa. I hope to get some real good beer over in Quebec. It is about 450 miles from here to Ladysmith. The little children have been in school one week now. Carolus and Herman will start Wednesday. The Seminary will not open till the 22nd. We have fine prospects for the College of Arts and expect to have about as many in Seminary this year as last year. Bonnie has put down about 80 jars of preserves so far and has yet to do plums, peaches and pears. I have had some 8 tons of Alberta coal put in so far. But I must close. With love I am Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 6, 1925


Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on September 6, 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; a trip to the Canadian National Exhibition; renovations at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Kitchener; Carolus' trip to Toronto, the Canadian National Exhibition, and Niagara Falls; and his upcoming trip to the Eastern Conference in Ladysmith, Quebec.