C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 11, 1912
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 11, 1912. Little describes life with his wife Bonnie and their sons Carolus and Herman, and his work as pastor and housefather at Bethany Orphan's Home in Nova Scotia. This letter discusses the local crops and gardens, and fund raising for the Orphans' Home.
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 2012.
Date of Original
July 11, 1912
Width: 21 cm
Height: 26 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
Geographic Coverage
  • Nova Scotia, Canada
    Latitude: 44.38345 Longitude: -64.51546
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, 11 July 1912, RG-102.13, File 1.14.4, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc4
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

Bridgewater, N.S.,

July 11, 1912.

Dear Mother:

There is no news of startling interest to narrate, but I will try this morning to write you a few lines anyway. We have been having a protracted spell of extremely hot weather for the past week or more. It is slightly cooler this morning, but hot enough yet and very dry and dusty. I think it has been hotter than it was when you were up last summer. Tuesday the thermometers registered 98, 99, and 100 and I think it was just as hot yesterday. And for over a week now it has been up in the nineties every day. There is still no prospect of rain. It has brought on the haying a little earlier than usual. We began here day before yesterday. The crop is better than last years and I think we will make twenty-five tons of Timothy hay and seven or eight of marsh hay. The crops of grain and truck also look pretty well and don not seem to be hurt much yet by the drought. Our roasting [?] corn looks especially good and we have an abundance of it planted too. We have about a thousand cabbage plants which are also doing nicely. The potatoes of which we have over 18 bushels planted are growing fine, and our cucumber, squash and pumpkin vines are coming along fine. On the whole I think the farm will

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do pretty well this year. I was over at Mahone Bay in the interests of the Home Tuesday and collected $22, but I already have it nearly all spent and should be out again. But as my horse is needed to run the raker I can’t get away very well. This is our hardest period in the year to make ends meet, but in a month or two I think we will be all right. We intend holding our annual Orphans’ Home Picnic on Aug. 8 and the Wentzel’s Lake Reunion Sept 6. Between the two we ought to get in three or four hundred dollars. Mrs. Gunn came down to visit us last Monday and is with us now. Donald isn’t as heavy or as tall as Herman. He isn’t nearly as handsome or good natured either nor does he talk nearly as much. Herman can put two or three words together now and will attempt to say almost anything you tell him. He speaks his own name quite plainly. I took tea with Mrs. Abram Ernst in Mahone Bay the other evening. She and her girls are going with Mrs. Mader (neé Millie Ernst) to the Canadian west the 24th of this month, and in Sept. they are going to California near Los Angeles for the winter. I am to preach next Sunday evening at Mahone Bay and install Pastor Bermon and on the 4th Sunday morning I am to preach here at Bridgewater at the jubilee service in commemoration of the

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cancelling of the debt on the Church. We received a card from Mabel written in Paris sometime ago but did not answer it as we didn’t know how long she intended to stay there or whether there would be sufficient time for her to receive a reply. I suppose Biklé is in Washington yet? You might give me his address if you think of it. I might be able to write him sometime. Pastor Buchholtz is going away on a month or six weeks’ vacation about the first of August. I will probably have to supply a part of the time. Carolus is growing fast and is getting quite brown from being out in the sun nearly all the time. We still get some wild strawberries to eat but I have put up more yet. I haven't noticed strawberries on the market here and don’t know how the cultivated crop will be. Blue berries are ripening now. We had some that the children picked the other evening. Last night we ate our tea out in the orchard under the trees. I wish we could go for a camping trip to the Lake again during this hot weather. But I must close. With love to you all and all good wishes,

I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 11, 1912

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 11, 1912. Little describes life with his wife Bonnie and their sons Carolus and Herman, and his work as pastor and housefather at Bethany Orphan's Home in Nova Scotia. This letter discusses the local crops and gardens, and fund raising for the Orphans' Home.