C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 5, 1919

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 5, 1919. Little describes family life; his work as a faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; and the family's New Years activities.
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 Skelto in April 2012.
Date of Original
Jan. 5, 1919
Width: 16.1 cm
Height: 25.6 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, 5 January 1919, RG-102.13, File 1.21.1, 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.,

Jan’y 5, 1919.

Dear Mother:

As the holidays are again about over and to-morrow we begin again the regular routine of duties, I thought I had better embrace this opportunity to write to you rather than put it off till later on in the week when I will be busier than I am now. We have all enjoyed the holidays very much, but are ready to start in to work again. In fact the older children have already made a start as their school opened up again on Friday. In the College we have the prospect of an extra student - one of our last year’s boys having given assurance that he intended to return after the holidays. We are having beautiful winter weather now. Saturday was quite cold and the thermometer touched zero on both Friday and Saturday nights. It was a little milder to-day and is quite nice because there is no wind. The snow as yet is quite thin but is packed down solid and rests upon a bed of ice making good going. As a consequence cutters are the chief

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mode of locomotion and the cheery sleigh-bells are heard at all hours of the day and away into the night. New Year’s day was very rainy and rather dismal. Nearly everybody stayed at home though some found their way to Church. As we, Bonnie and I, were at Church on New Year’s eve at a German Sylvester Abend service, we did not go on New Year’s morning, but instead took the whole family upon invitation and spent the day at the parsonage in Kitchener with Pastor Maurer’s. They had a good dinner for us, the chief dish being roast beef, and we enjoyed the day very much. The boys who don’t get away from home very often nearly ate themselves sick. The storm was heavy and the wind high, so we came home before night. On the way up from the car-line, Bonnie’s hat blew off and Arthur turned to her and said, “Mother, shall I holler up to the Lord and tell Him not to do it again?” Robert was especially taken up with the street car ride and has been talking ever since about riding on the street car. Carolus took Robert out to-day for a sleigh ride on his sled. He liked it so well that he cried when he had to come in. The children

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up here have good times in the winter and I don’t think they would like to live in the South. Carolus and Herman are making good use of their skates, but I haven’t got out yet. I have no shoes to fit my skates and I don’t feel like buying them for the little that I would get out. The snow is hardly deep enough yet for good tobogganing, but the children are sliding down our back steps on it to-day. I got my book case painted this last week. I think it will be dry enough to put up my books by to-morrow. It is painted cream enamel like the wood work of the room and is very pretty. It will be a great convenience to have my books on shelves again. We had a nice letter from Blanche a few days ago and I wrote her my first New Year’s letter, Jan’y 1. To-day we had communion down at St. John’s. I assisted Pastor Bockelmann in administering the communion in German. Bonnie was down at both the confessional service last evening and at the Communion service this morning. She understands enough German to get along and I think will improve in it on acquaintance and practice. Pastor Bockelmann preached a fine sermon on “The Wishes of Your

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Pastor for the New Year” from the text about Simeon Luke 2:25 flg. He is a very pointed and practical preacher and I like him very much. To-night I am going to take the two oldest boys and go down to Kitchener to hear Pastor Maurer. We received a nice picture post-card of Herminie’s baby and Bonnie wrote to her the other day. We also received New Year’s greetings from Herbert and Bessie via New Year’s card. I don’t think of anything else of special interest, so I will close and mail this on my way to Kitchener. Again allow me to wish you all a happy and blessed New Year. With love from us all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 5, 1919

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 5, 1919. Little describes family life; his work as a faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; and the family's New Years activities.