C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 11, 1912
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on September 11, 1912. Little describes life with his wife Bonnie and their children Carolus and Herman, and his work as pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home in Nova Scotia. Includes description of the Wetzel Lake Reunion 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
Sept. 11, 1912
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 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 September 1912, RG-102.13, File 1.14.8, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc5
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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.,

Sept. 11, 1912

Dear Mother:

I think I forgot last week to say that Carolus received your letter in answer to his hieroglyphic epistle and that your surmises as to it contents were in general correct. He says though that he also wrote you to bring him some candy, bananas and figs which part you evidently failed to decipher. We received a post card from Mabel recently written from London and inquiring why she did not hear a word from us all summer. As she is probably at home again by this time I will say by way of answer that we did not know how long she was remaining at her Parisian address and did not therefore know whether a letter from us would reach her or not. And so we did not take the risk. I suppose she is full of her trip and has a great deal to say about it. She might write us about some of her experiences.

Our Reunion was quite a success this year. Dr. Long gave us the finest address that has ever been made there I think. The collection taken up amounted to $34.50. We cleared nearly $50 from our stand and would have made more, but our provisions gave out. I had to be out collecting

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money to keep the place going and did not have time to collect sufficient stuff for the Lunch stand. Besides the $83 brought in in this very way I have received $100 as part payment of our part of the other proceeds. $50 is to come yet and we will come in for a percentage on the Railway tickets when settlement is made by the company. We had an ideal day and the crowd was a large as usual. Everything passed off nice and quietly too. It was a decided improvement in this respect over last year. Dr. Long gave an address at Lunenburg and at Rose Bay and also preached at these places while he was up. I don’t know, but I suppose he has gone back at this time.

I was up at New Germany yesterday to see Miss Phoebe Arnburg who has been in bed sick since the middle of June and who had expressed a desire to see me. I think she has cancer of the liver and don’t imagine she will ever be any better, though she may linger quite a while yet. I feel very sorry for her, as she was always kind to me and is a good little soul. She has to take morphine most of the time. But in spite of her suffering she appears quite cheerful

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and resigned to whatever may come. Bonnie received a letter from “Minnie” tonight. She writes quite glowingly of her new home and is in rapture over Portland, Ore. I weighed the other day and weighed 160 lbs. with my light summer clothes on. I took Carolus with me to New Germany yesterday and everybody was carried away with him. He made a lot of fun with the questions he would ask in the train. I tell him he is a regular interrogation point. The other day I had him and Bonnie down street. Bonnie got out to do some shopping and then walked up a little farther while Carolus and I stayed in the waggon and drove. Carolus saw her and said to me “Father, there goes Mamma; she walks up the street like a lady”. I was sitting in the study one evening holding Herman and the clock struck seven. He at once called out “Seven o’clock”. I told him to go out in the kitchen and tell his mother. He went out and called at the top of his voice “Mamma, seven o’clock”. Seven o’clock is his bed hour. A boy that can tell time at 18 mons. of age is quite bright, I think. We have had some pretty heavy frosts lately. Some of our pumpkin vines were killed. But I must close. With love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours, [signed] Carroll H. Little

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

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on September 11, 1912. Little describes life with his wife Bonnie and their children Carolus and Herman, and his work as pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home in Nova Scotia. Includes description of the Wetzel Lake Reunion fundraiser.