C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 24, 1918

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
Media Type
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 24, 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; a fishing trip; and the weather.
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 24, 1918
Width: 21 cm
Height: 26 cm
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, 24 July 1918, RG-102.13, File 1.20.4, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc9
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

Waterloo, Ont.,

July 24, 1918.

Dear Mother:

I am quite late in getting around to writing you this week, but I have many good excuses. I preached at Brantford Sunday and didn’t get home till nearly noon. Then I had to help in finishing up the weekly work. After that I had work to do in my garden. In the evening Pastor and Mrs. Zinck were around and yesterday morning I got up at 5:30 to go trout-fishing with Pastor Weidenhammer and Pastor Schmieder in the former’s Tin Lizzy. We had a fine day though quite hot, and had quite a successful fishing trip. We caught 66 trout and would have caught more, but Pastor Schmieder found the life too strenuous and was lacking in perseverance. He caught only 6 of the 66. I caught 20 or more and Pastor Weidenhammer the rest. We will have a good mess of them for dinner to-day. It was about 9:30 when we got back home last night. Mrs. Maurer came yesterday and will be with us for a week or so while Pastor Maurer is attending the Agricultural College at Guelph. I think he will also be here to-morrow night. We are having exceedingly hot weather at present. Last Sunday the thermometer registered

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94° here at Waterloo. In Brantford it was still hotter and reached 97. It is also becoming quite dry and is somewhat hard on our garden. We have lots of beans and Bonnie has been putting up some according to the Government regulations. Bonnie had a nice long letter from Mabel yesterday. She says she will be unable to pay us a visit this summer as you are all going to have a family reunion this summer and also because she wants to spend a part of her time with her invalid friend Miss Bidez. While we would be glad to have her, we relinquish all claims in view of the circumstances. To-morrow we are all planning to go on a visit to Pastor Voelker’s at Preston and spend the day. They have been wanting us to come for a long time. I am to preach in First English, Kitchener the coming Sunday. So I will likely be at home most of the time from this out. The following Sunday I will preach for Pastor Schmieder while Pastor Maurer will preach in my place in First English. I don’t know whom they will get as regular pastors. They may decide to call Pastor Maurer. I will be acting Pastor till they get one. I will go to Morrisburg to attend the Seminary Rally at Riverside on Aug. 28th at which I am to deliver an address in the interest of our Seminary and College. They have asked Rev. F.F. Fry of Rochester N.Y. to deliver an address and in case he declines they will try to get Rev. Murray. So Pastor Maurer writes me.

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We have 14 tons of coal in the Seminary at present. This filled up the old bin which was entirely too small. I am having a new bin constructed which will hold about that much more. We ought to have room for 75 tons but the cellar is too small. I haven’t any coal for my own house yet though I put in my order in April and have paid for 5 or 6 tons. I think though that I will get it. But this winter will be harder in the fuel line than last winter was. The College and Seminary prospects appear as fair as one could expect under the circumstances. Pastor Zinck has not yet decided to accept the call extended to him. But as he hasn’t declined it, I am still in hopes that he will accept it. With him in charge of the College department we could expect to go ahead. Rev. Willison, who is second choice of the Board, would not be nearly so good a man for the position. But I must close and mail this. Wishing you health and happiness and every blessing, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 24, 1918

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 24, 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; a fishing trip; and the weather.