C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 21, 1914
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 21, 1914. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their three children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
Carroll Herman Little (1872-1958) was a Lutheran pastor, and a professor and administrator at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (now Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) 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
Jan. 21, 1914
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, 21 January 1914, RG-102.13, File 1.16.2, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc6
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

Bridgewater, N.S.,

Jan’y 21, 1914

Dear Mother:

As the time for my epistolary effort has rolled around again I will see what I can do for you in that line to-night. We had a big snow storm to-day. I began directly after 7 o’clock this morning and kept it up all day till around 8 o’clock tonight. It was accompanied by heavy wind and there is a great fall of snow. Sleigh roads will be all right from this out. Sleighs have been used considerably for the past week or so, but it was pretty scratchy going. I did not risk taking my sleigh last Saturday when I went down the river. The snow was not deep enough to interfere with the wheeling and the roads were reasonably good. Sunday was a fine day, though quite cold and very windy. With the exception of Feltzen South – one of the windiest places on earth – , where a few men and only two women ventured out, I had large congregations. I drove home from Middle La Have on Sunday night, the thermometer standing down near zero. Since then the weather has been a little milder. I will only have to go down into the Rose

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Bay Parish once more, as Pastor Fetterly has accepted the call extended to him to become their pastor. But this only means that I will have to direct my steps toward Midville, and that parish, I imagine, will be vacant a long time.

I finished my work on the January issue of the Nova Scotia Lutheran this week, but haven’t done anything toward my sermons yet for Sunday. We will have our annual Board meeting here on Tuesday and I will have to get out a report for that also. The report will show about $2400 raised during the year, but practically no improvement as far as the indebtedness is concerned over last year. I don’t know how this will strike the Board or what view they will take of it; but I have done the best I could under the circumstances and don’t care much.

We received to-day a nice long letter from Blanche occasioned by the receipt of the photos of our children. She thinks Carolus is the best looking of the trio. Bikleˊ also wrote us a card expressing his thanks for the picture and commenting favourable upon his nephews and niece. The boys have great times out in the snow – Carolus especially enjoys it. He came in the other day and said the wind nearly blew his nose loose. This morning he was picking up papers and things off

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the floor and said, “I must hurry up and get these papers and things off the floor before Jesus comes. Jesus wants it nice and warm when He comes.” Marion plays peek-a-boo now and says it quite plain. She picks up words quite rapidly now and understands about everything. I told her tonight to bring me my bedroom slippers and quick as a flash she started off for them, crawled under the cat and brought them out and handed them to me. Bonnie said, “You have another one now to wait on you.” She brings me my shoes, or anything else that she can reach, if I only say that I want them. We haven’t heard anything from the boys up home lately nor have we heard from Minnie since she left last week. I don’t know whether I told you or not, but my man Mr. Evans wants to come back here as soon as I will take him back. But I have Mr. Weihnacht till the first of March. If I need a man after that I will probably take him back as he is a good man. At present Mr. Weihnacht is getting out pulp wood which brings $3.50 a cord. But it is getting late and I must close. With love to all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] C.H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 21, 1914

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 21, 1914. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their three children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and housefather of Bethany Orphans' Home in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.