C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 31, 1912
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 31, 1912. Little describes life with his wife Bonnie and their children Carolus and Herman, and his work as pastor and housefather of the Bethany Orphans' Home in Nova Scotia. Discusses the Board of Trustees meeting and plans for a fundraiser.
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 31, 1912
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Nova Scotia, Canada
    Latitude: 44.38345 Longitude: -64.51546
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 31 July 1912, RG-102.13, File 1.14.5, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{The Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Nova Scotia.

Office of the President.}

Bridgewater, N.S.,

July 31, 1912

Dear Mother:

It is getting late and I will have time to write you only a short letter to-night. Happily as Bonnie wrote you the other day and doubtless gave you all the news a long letter is not only unnecessary but would in fact be superfluous. We are still having very dull weather. I think it has rained a little almost every day for the past forthight. We have not been able to get in a single load of hay this week yet, but there is prospect this evening that to-morrow will be fair. We have about 13 tons or a little better of hay in the barn, but have 15 tons standing out yet, all but about three loads being still uncut. Yesterday we had our semi-annual meeting of the Board of Trustees. The ordinary business was transacted and arrangements completed for our picnic here on Aug. 7. The Board also authorized the purchase of two additional cows. I was able to report a little over $1300 gathered from all sources to date. But still at present we are somewhat hard up for funds and will need to make a hundred dollars at the picnic to tide us over safely

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till the Wentzel’s Lake affair Sept. 5. Bonnie and I were bust all evening preparing tickets for the picnic. We have just finished the job and hope the results will amply repay us for out arduous labours. Last Sunday St. Paul’s congregation, Bridgewater celebrated the cancellation of the last dollar of indebtedness on their Church property. As President of Synod I preached the sermon at the morning service. Pastor Behrens preached in the evening to a crowded house. To-day I was busy all day driving around and looking up helpers for the picnic. Tomorrow, Bonnie and I and the boys are going up to Wentzel’s Lake to bring down the ice-cream freezers and other vessels that we will need. Carolus went with me to Church Sunday. He went in the Church and found a seat for himself and I heard nothing more from him and did not see him till the service was over, when he came up and said to me, “Father, what did you preach for to-day? Old Mrs. Bowers said of him to-day, “He is such a manly little fellow”. I suppose before you get this letter his and Herman’s pictures will have reached your place. You will notice that they are a great

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improvement over more recently sent. Yours will come later. Enclosed I send one of each for Biklé. You will kindly stamp it and finish the address and send it to him. I didn’t know where to address him. We are having lots of blue-berries now, have them raw, in pies and in “grunts”. Herman is very fond of the pie and calls out “Piece of pie” “Piece of pie”, vociferously until he gets it, Mr. and Mrs. Gunn left us the other day. Minnie was also down for a few hours that day and went back with them. She is going to start today a week for Portland, Ore. to live with her son. But I will have to close. Good night. With much love I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 31, 1912

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 31, 1912. Little describes life with his wife Bonnie and their children Carolus and Herman, and his work as pastor and housefather of the Bethany Orphans' Home in Nova Scotia. Discusses the Board of Trustees meeting and plans for a fundraiser.