C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 16, 1918
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 16, 1918. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada; and A. A. Zinck's wedding.
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
July 16, 1918
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
Geographic Coverage
  • 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, 16 July 1918, RG-102.13, File 1.20.3, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc9
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

Waterloo, Ont.,

July 16, 1918.

Dear Mother:

I thought of writing to you last night but felt too tired after preaching on Sunday and finishing up with the washing and cutting the lawns on Monday. I am pretty tired to-day yet, but will write you a short letter anyway. For the last few days we have been having real summer weather, hot and dry, though to-day it is threatening rain and we had a suggestion of a shower this morning. Sunday was the hottest day of the season so far. Pastor Flegler said, however, that it was just comfortable, that he had been freezing every day since he came here until yesterday (Sunday). He and his wife and baby left last night for their home in Southern Indiana and now Pastor Bockelmann and wife are altogether alone. However, Pastor Zinck and his bride are expected back on Thursday. The wedding passed off beautifully. The large Church was filled for the occasion. I had the first part of the service; Pastor Bockelmann preached the sermon and married them; and Pastor Flegler had the concluding

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part of the service. Afterwards there was a reception at the house where refreshments and cigars were served to a large gathering of friends. The couple left at 5 o’clock for the station in an automobile properly placarded behind “JUST MARRIED”. They went to South Hampton, a summer resort on Lake Huron. I left Saturday evening by radial for Brantford where I preached for Pastor Zinck Sunday. I had a very pleasant trip and enjoyed my stay with those people. They also paid me $10, which comes in very good at present. I will preach for them again next Sunday. I get more from supply preaching here than I did from the perquisites at Morrisburg. Rev. Behrens and family left yesterday afternoon. The congregation has elected me as supply during the vacancy and will pay me $15 a Sunday, but I will also have to do whatever pastoral work they may call upon me for. Still it will help me out considerably in a financial way and will enable me to bridge over the time till my increase in salary becomes effective, Sept. 1. Everything is so high that it takes every cent a man can get in simply to live, and I consider myself quite fortunate to get these extras. The next wedding among the ministers will be that if Rev. Huermengard of Hamilton. He will be married Sept. 4 at Stratford and has notified me that I

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will be called on to perform the ceremony. His girl, who is a trained nurse in Kitchener was a Presbyterian, but after instruction last winter, was confirmed a couple Sundays ago by Pastor Behrens. She is a very fine girl. We have had her out here to tea a couple of times. I wonder if you are still without a pastor at Holy Trinity. You never said whether Rev. Schaeffer had accepted the call or not. Bonnie received a letter from Minnie yesterday. She is now with Max at Kentville and I suppose will go to New Germany before she returns to St. John. Mr. Gunn and his family are also in Nova Scotia at present spending a few days at Smith’s Cove, near Digby. We received a card from Mabel from Chicago last week announcing that she would not be able to visit us this summer. We are sorry she cannot come. Bonnie wrote her Sunday. We are having lots of beans from our garden now and everything else in it seems to be doing well. The raspberries are beginning to ripen. New food regulations went into effect Monday. As a consequence the standard bread is considerably poorer than it was, but Pastor Flegler tells me that we do not know as yet anything about food regulations as they have been long experiencing them on your side of the line. The general opinion here is that

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they are bad enough and could hardly be much worse. The latest German drive, according to papers received to-day, has begun, but the papers seem to be quite optimistic about it and think the Allies will be able to hold them in check. All dependence for victory, however, is placed on what America can do; and I’m afraid this means a long drawn out war with untold suffering throughout the world. Personally I wish some honorable compromise could be effected and the world delivered from all this woe. I had a letter from Pastor Maurer notifying me that the joint parishes of the Eastern Conference would hold a Seminary Rally at Riverside, Sept. 11, and requesting me to make addresses. I wrote him that they would have to change the date if I was to be present, as that is the date set for the opening of the Seminary. I have also been asked to address our Western Conference S.S. Convention in Kitchener on Labor Day. At a meeting of the German Ministerial Free Conference, held in the Seminary last Thursday I was received into membership. The Conference is for the study of Exegesis and practical questions of Church polity. It is all in German and I am the only Englishman in it. It will help me out in German if not in theology. Well, I must stop and mail this. With love to all, I am

Most Sincerely your

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 16, 1918

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 16, 1918. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada; and A. A. Zinck's wedding.