C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 16, 1916

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother Candace Little on August 16, 1916. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their five children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario. He discusses the war efforts, and provincial prohibition.
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 2012.
Date of Original
Aug. 16, 1916
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, 16 August 1916, RG-102.13, File 1.18.5, 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



Morrisburg, Ont. Aug. 16, 1916

Dear Mother:

Your most welcome letter together with its valuable contents was received some days ago, and gave great pleasure to us all. It contained a couple surprises. One was that Clarence had a “Robert” also. We received a notice of his boy’s birth, but no name accompanied it, and we were not aware that they had called him “Robert”. However our boy was born Robert and has been registered officially as Robert Paul, and Robert Paul he will remain if the heavens should open up and rain Robert Littles for forty days and forty nights. Another surprise was the number of living grandchildren you now have, and the inference drawn there from that we who were married all but last were the head leaders in the production of your numerous progeny. The baby is the best little fellow we ever had and gives us the least trouble of any. He sleeps all night only waking up once or twice to be nursed.

(Page 2)

He is growing fast and getting fat and Bonnie says he smiled yesterday most perceptibly and distinctly. He notices everybody and everything and displays a wonderful amount of intelligence for one of his days. Bonnie is quite well and is able to dress again, though she says she had nothing to wear, and we will probably take him to Church and baptize him Sunday morning. Arthur feels very big, and in fact he looks it, since the baby came. He doesn’t want to be called a baby any more, but says he is “father’s boy.” He talks about the automobiles, electric lights, horses and buggies and busses and the moon and the stars, and in short, about almost everything of things terrestrial and things celestial. He knows and can name the MacIntoshes, the MacMartins, the Whittebers, the Casselmans and thee Schwendtfegers and many others too numerous to mention in detail. I can’t say yet whom the little baby favors, but can only state that he is the handsomest and

(Page 3)

the smartest of all. Bonnie thinks he is the only baby that ever was and that she never had one before that began to approach being half so cute and sweet. For several days now we have had very cool weather. Sunday and since till to-day I had to lay aside my summer coat and the nights would probably have brought frost but for the wind that prevailed. It is a little warmer to-day. My tomatoes are turning out fine. I pick from one dozen to four dozen ripe ones nearly every day. We have quite a few cucumbers too, but they are not bearing so well. The beans have been loaded but are now about over their bearing period. I think we will have plenty of corn by the last of this week. The Trustees finally got a move on and have had a man digging a new cesspool for us for several days past. I don’t know how long it will be before the thing is finished, but am in hopes that everything will be complete before the cold weather comes.

(Page 4)

Pastor MacIntosh and his family left yesterday for their home. He didn’t preach for me but I enjoyed having him around. Our Conference, Luther League Rally and Sunday School convention will be held in Montreal Sept. 3-4. I am on for an address at the Sunday School Convention and for a Response as President of the Eastern District Luther League. Our Province will go into prohibition the 16th of Sept. It was passed by the late Parliament as a war measure to be in force for three years. This will knock out three bars in this town. I wonder what you think of the war by this time? It looks to us almost as if we had already won it. Is Herbert going to vote for Wilson? or for Hughes? Well, I must close and get this down town. Robert Paul thanks you for your kind present. With love to you all,

I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 16, 1916

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother Candace Little on August 16, 1916. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their five children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario. He discusses the war efforts, and provincial prohibition.