C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 18, 1915
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 18, 1915. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario.
-- The letter is damaged.

-- 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
Nov. 18, 1915
Width: 21 cm
Height: 13 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.9001 Longitude: -75.18261
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, 18 November 1915, RG-102.13, File 1.17.15, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc7
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text





Nov. 18, 1915.

Dear Mother:

Your kind and interesting letter was received last week and read with pleasure. Subsequently I received also the Hickory Record containing an account of the big fire. Herman was very proud to get his letter and I had to give him the envelope with the rest of the letter to put it in. Most people think Herman is the finest looking boy we have, and while comparisons are odious, I am quite willing to say that he is a handsome boy. Carolus can write his name with quite a flourish now. He also reads real well and is getting along fine in school. Last night we had a gathering here at the parsonage to pack up a Christmas box for the Bethany Orphans’

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Home. A great many of the people contributed clothing – all new – and other things and made up what is perhaps the best box ever sent to the Home from any parish. I would judge the contents to be worth $50 or more. It will be shipped to-day, so that even though it goes by freight, it ought to reach the Home before Christmas. Winter set in here quite suddenly Sunday night or rather Monday morning. Sunday was almost like a summer’s day – so warm and fine. It was our Indian Summer, which lasts here only one or two days and was a weather breeder. Before morning it was snowing and the ground was covered over with a sparrow snow Monday morning, most of which is with us yet. Since then it has been steadily cold but otherwise very fine. I don’t know whether I told you last week about the interior improvements

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we are going to make in our Church here. The Dandis’s are putting in a furnace and the congregation is going to decorate the interior and we may perhaps also put in stained glass windows. I expect to have the outside of the Church renovated – penciled, etc. – but that will probably wait till next summer. The Ladies Aid met here night before last and arranged for the purchase of a new range to take the place of our old one which is a back number, a poor cooker and a great devourer of fuel. We were down town yesterday and ordered the stove agreed upon – it is a good steel range selling for $56.00. Well, I will have to stop here and get to work. With lots of love, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 18, 1915

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 18, 1915. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario.