C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 1, 1915
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 1, 1915. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, 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.

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
Dec. 1, 1915
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 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, 1 December 1915, RG-102.13, File 1.17.7, 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





Dec. 1, 1915.

Dear Mother:

To-day we enter upon the first day of the Christmas month. The weather was so mild through the whole of November and starts in so to-day that one can hardly realize that we are so near the Christmas holidays. The roads are almost as good still as in the summer time and we have had very little rain and practically no snow. Yesterday I had another working party on the Cemetery down at the lower Church and they accomplished considerable in the way of putting it in shape. It will probably, however, be the last we will be able to have this autumn. We have sent an invitation to the Nova Scotia boys in the Waterloo Seminary to come out and spend Christmas with us. I received word from Mr. Hirtle the other day that he would come. I haven’t heard definitely yet from Mr. Zinck. The furnace cellar in our Church here is ready and we expect to have the furnace put in to-morrow. That in itself will be quite an improvement to our little Church, and I expect a number of others to follow by spring. I will not be here next Sunday to enjoy the furnace for the first time, as I am to go to Ottawa and supply that Sunday. Pastor Mauer will preach for me here in the evening. I think I will go up to Ottawa Saturday morning, which will give me a chance to see the city Saturday afternoon. I had a

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wedding down the river last night. They came up for me in an auto and brought me back in the same. I also got a handsome fee $10.00 which tickled Bonnie immensely. These weeding fees are scarce here as hens’ teeth. This is the third I have had in over a year. The little children Marion and Arthur have been more or less sick for the last couple weeks with colds and after effects, but both are pretty well again now. Marion had canker sores in her mouth and couldn’t eat anything and was pretty fussy. I don’t think it is quite as healthy here for children as in Nova Scotia, but it is a nice climate for all that. Arthur says a number of words now and understands almost everything you tell him to do. He is a bright little fellow and everybody likes him. Carolus finds as great pleasure as ever in going to school. Last night he wrote down about 100 words that he has learned since he started to school. Herman is anxious for the 18th of February to arrive, so that he can go too. But I must close and go down town. With love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 1, 1915

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 1, 1915. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario.