Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 11, 1917
Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 11, 1917. Little discusses family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, the Halifax explosion, the coal shortage, and the federal election.
Carroll Herman Little (1872-1958) was a Lutheran pastor, and a professor and administrator at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (now Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) 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. 11, 1917
Width: 20 cm
Height: 26 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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, 11 December 1917, RG-102.13, File 1.19.4, 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
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

Waterloo, Ont.,

Dec. 11, 1917.

Dear Mother:

I had intended to write to you last night but we had such high wind and it was so cold that I couldn’t keep my study comfortable enough to stay in it and didn’t find it very convenient to write elsewhere. So I put it off till to-night and from Tuesday night till Thursday night inclusive my time is pretty well occupied till high bed time i.e. eleven or twelve o’clock. Saturday and Sunday we had the heaviest storm of this season. It snowed for two days and the snow was accompanied with very violent wind and severe cold. Sunday none of us got out to Church at all except the children who went to Sunday school in the afternoon. It kept me busy all day keeping the fires going and shoveling the walks open. It was the busiest day of manual labor I have had this long time. In one week from to-day I burned one ton of coal, $9.50 worth. I am altogether out again but succeeded in getting another half ton from the dealer which I expect will be up early in the morning. In a big house like this it takes an immense amount of fuel to keep it warm in winter. The Board

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however has promised to stand the expense of all but eight tons and I think I have already burned about six. But as I have been using furnace coal also for the kitchen stove I will have to pay for a couple more tons. The coal is still very scarce, but the dealer thinks he will have plenty before long as navigation is now closed and shipment by boat has ceased. In Kitchener they have no hard coal at all at present. I am so situated here that if I do run out I can borrow from the Seminary by carrying it over as I have done a few times already. I suppose you have read of the awful tragedy at Halifax. It seems to grow in magnitude with later accounts. Two of the still missing victims were Mr. Wm. Hirtle and son Carl formerly of Mahone Bay and my parishioners there. They are the uncle and cousin respectively of Mr. Hirtle senior in our Seminary. So far these are the only names that I knew among the dead in Halifax though I imagine the young [?] of Mahone Bay who was killed was Mr. Bertie [?]’s son, also one of my former parishioners. We have heard no word from the Weavers, though Mr. Hirtle tells me that they were outside of the danger zone and probably therefore safe. We haven’t heard whether the Church was badly damaged or not, but

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it is likely that it was, as it is in the district that was hardest hit. It will be a sorry Christmas for Halifax and its people. I don’t think a greater disaster ever befell an American city. It is now less than a week till our election which will be held on next Monday. I don’t know, but it looks now as though Laurier will win out. You will probably hear the result before my next letter arrives. People are becoming restive under the inflation of prices which makes living increasingly harder and there is a silent sentiment against conscripting young men for fighting in Europe which the government will find it exceedingly difficult to overcome. However, we will soon see how things will go. Time flies very rapidly here at the Seminary. Where one is so busy the week is gone before he knows it. I like the work very much and have reason to think that I am giving general satisfaction. Christmas will soon be here, but we have no vacation, only from Friday before till the day after Christmas. However this is long enough, as I have no place to go and very little money to spend. The children are all well. Arthur didn’t go to Sunday School Sunday on account of the snow storm. He is the sturdiest lad I have. Little Robert doesn’t talk yet except an occa-

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sional word now and then; but he understands everything you say to him. He is a very sweet little child. I suppose I will have to stop here as I have one more lesson to get up to-night and it is already late. With kindest regards and best wishes I am

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 11, 1917

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 11, 1917. Little discusses family life with his wife Bonnie and their children, the Halifax explosion, the coal shortage, and the federal election.