C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 14, 1917

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 14, 1917. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario. He discusses the United States' involvement in the war.
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
March 14, 1917
Width: 21 cm
Height: 27 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
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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, 14 March 1917, RG-102.13, File 1.19.2, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc8
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text



Morrisburg, Ont.} March 14, 1917

Dear Mother:

We had our Luther League last night and as it was nearly eleven o’clock when we got home I found it too late to write you then. As I have Lenten Service to-night I will try to get in my letter beforehand. We have been having some very fine weather lately, sunshiny and bright, but still too cold for the snow to melt much. To-day we are having it somewhat cloudy and colder and it looks as though it might snow by night. We had a heavy snow storm all day Sunday again. It was like the storm of Monday a week ago and piled the snow up in great drifts. It was all I could do to get through to the lower Church Sunday afternoon but I made it, though not many others did. I had 13 out including my two boys. In the morning I had 24 out here. In the evening after the storm had somewhat abated and the side walks were ploughed out, I had a congregation of 45 or 50 out. Yesterday the ice began breaking out of the river. I saw one cake go down that must have occupied an acre in area. The snow is beaten down somewhat in the roads, but is still very deep elsewhere.

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It is over the picket fence in our garden. Pastor McCreery was out here yesterday and took supper with us. He has resigned Dunbar and will leave there the first of May. If he does not go to Ottawa he will go to Pa. in the vicinity of Phila where Dr. Kunzmann has a mission for him. He and his family are coming in for considerable money from his wife’s estate. The estate had never been divided since her mother’s death but was kept together for the six direct heirs. For the farm which lies on the outskirt of the city they have been offered $80000 and they own besides almost a whole block in the city, so that the estate is worth well over $100000. The latest about Ottawa is that Dr. Kunzmann is recommending a student from Mt. Airy who is Canadian born and who graduates this year. So Bro. McCreery may be knocked out at Ottawa. We still have our girl and she is proving out fine so far. She is quite refined and the children all like her, especially Arthur. He says he is Lyra’s (Lena) boy and when I get after him about it, he says “I’m father’s and Lyra’s boy.” It is quite a relief to Bonnie to have a girl and gives her a chance to get

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out now every day, and also to the Church services. The children are getting better of the whooping cough gradually though they have pretty hard spells yet some times. Hope Cecile and Walter will soon be well of the measles. I see from the papers that the U.S. is drawing nearer and nearer into the war. The arming of merchant ships and the instructions given the gunners can mean nothing else. China also is expected to follow the lead of the U.S. If it keeps on much longer there won’t be many nations left out. I read with much interest Dr. Gruver’s informal notes in last weeks Survey in which he argues against the U.S. going into the conflict. His position is I think thoroughly sound, but it will not avail. The entrance of the U.S. will at least for a time make matters a great deal worse. All restraint will be removed and the warfare on sea will be more savage than ever. But I must close. With love and all good wishes I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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Congratulations to Herbert on his birthday – 41st, I believe CHL.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 14, 1917

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 14, 1917. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario. He discusses the United States' involvement in the war.