C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 6, 1936
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on September 6, 1936. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as pastor and professor at the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario.
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.

Carroll Herman 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, and John Frederick.

Carroll Herman Little died in Waterloo, Ontario on March 31, 1958.

Letter transcribed by Michael Skelton in May 2012.
Date of Original
Sept. 6, 1936
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 6 September 1936, RG-102.13, File 1.38.20, 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

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Sept. 6, 1936.

Dear Mother:

Mabel’s letter of Aug. 30, written to the two of us, i.e., Bonnie and me, was very interesting and full of news and was highly enjoyed by both its recipients, to say nothing of the rest of the family. If I knew that she would still be at home when this letter arrives, I might accidentally or otherwise drop her a line or two; but as she will most probably be away at her work, this would probably be a waste of effort, which I will therefore spare myself. The outing which she had in the Old Dominion in the big hotel by the sea and the splashing in the waters of the deep and the soul stirring, musical concerts which she participated in must have been exceedingly enjoyable. But all that is now a thing of the past, sweet memories, as it were, which will be the case with my own vacation in a little over a week’s time. School sessions, like time and tide, wait on no man, or woman either for that matter. In fact the classes are already gathering. On Thursday night last Dean Froats and wife arrived after having spent the whole summer on their truck farm at

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Port Dalhousie on one of the Great Lakes in Ontario. The same night Prof. Sandrock and his Frau arrived, being driven home in a car by their son from Nebraska. They too had been away all summer with their sons in Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska. Prof. Sandrock, who is about 70 greatly improved his appearance by having an exceedingly big wart cut off the side of his nose. As a result he looks about 10 yrs. younger and 100% handsomer. This morning I went down to St. John’s to the English service to hear Prof. R.J. Wolfe (Wolfe) of Philadelphia preach. I was disappointed in a way, as he didn’t preach or even take a text, but delivered a lecture about young people and their present day problems. The address was fervently delivered, but necessarily on account of the limited time at his disposal dealt mostly with generalities and I doubt whether the congregation was very much enlightened on the subject. However, it wasn’t difficult to stay awake while he was speaking. Monday is Labour Day – a universal holiday except for the Brewery Warehouses. However, Herman got Arthur to substitute for him, took a day off, and left this morning for Toronto to attend the Exhibition there. Arthur was down for a couple days last week and reported having had a good time. I doubt if any of the rest of us will get down, and as for myself there are no regrets, as I have no desire to see it. If you have seen it once or twice you know what it is like, and a repetition of the visit becomes insipid.

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We are having fine weather just now – not too hot and not too cold, but just right, and everything looks bright and green from the fine little showers we have had. It is threatening rain this afternoon and in fact has put down a few drops here and there; but I hope it will hold up till we get in a few horseshoe games. Carolus has just come in and is reporting to his mother about his trip to Toronto yesterday afternoon, from which he got back late last night. I get in only a word here and there as I smoke my cigar and write this letter; but from what I can catch of his conversation I infer that he had a good time. Visitors, who are always welcome, continue to pour in on us. Last week we had Rev. Stockmann of Tavistock with us one day and Rev. Fischer and his wife of Walkerton one evening till after midnight; then we had Rev. Schmidt of Buffalo with us for a couple days, off and on. He supplied plenty of ale and beer and we had a grand time. I think we entertained about 25 ministers from time to time throughout the summer, the majority of them being former graduates of our Seminary. So even though we were at home all summer, we couldn’t get lonesome. The children are again in school

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and seem to be quite enthusiastic over it. Florence is particularly gratified because she has a “man teacher” this year. She and another little fellow and Frederick and Joyce Roe had a little picnic of their own in the park yesterday. The tiny couples made quite a picture as they walked down the street side by side – a couple in front and a couple behind. When they start out so early, one realizes the progress the present generation has made over us old fogies of former times. Our Mountain Ash tree, which stood near my study window, I had sawed down last week. It had practically died from the frost and the drought and in place of being a thing of beauty and a joy forever, it had become an eyesore. So I had it removed, and now we have a better view of the street. I had also a big dead limb cut out of our huge Manitoba Maple tree; but this tree was so big that you hardly notice the loss. These are all the physical improvements we have made and this also exhausts the news, so I will close more or less abruptly. With lots of love and all good wishes, I am

As ever

[signed] Most Sincerely yours,


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C. H. Little to Candace Little, September 6, 1936

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on September 6, 1936. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as pastor and professor at the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario.