C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 20, 1919

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 20, 1919. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; and a Waterloo College School sleigh party.
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 2012.
Date of Original
January 20, 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, 20 January 1919, RG-102.13, File 1.21.3, 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 20, 1919.

Dear Mother:

Your letters to Bonnie and to Carolus were received last week and were highly enjoyed. Especially pleasing was your intimation in Carolus’s letter that you might pay us a visit next summer, which we all hope that you will do. I intended to write to you last night, but yesterday afternoon we had Mr. and Mrs. Casselmann (Mrs. Maurer’s father and mother) over for tea. They are quite old people and I had to go over to Kitchener for them in the afternoon and take them back home after Church last night. When I finally got home it was after 11 o’clock – too late to begin writing letters. However, in spite of a very full day to-morrow I will try to write you a few lines this afternoon. We are having the most beautiful winter weather imaginable, though on account of its unseasonable mildness most of our snow has gone away and all traffic is now again by wheels. But it is easy on the

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coal bin, and if this weather continues I ought to have enough coal left to give me a good start on next winter’s consumption. Yesterday morning I attended service in St. John’s. There was a wonderfully large congregation out, perhaps a thousand. Pastor Bockelmann preached on marriage from Ps. 128. As this is the second sermon on that subject I have heard on two successive Sundays, I feel that I am pretty well informed on that theme. But Pastor Bockelmann’s sermon was very good and I still remember both the theme and divisions and can give them in the German. In the evening two of our students held forth in English with missionary addresses. They were student Irschick of the Senior class and student Geelhaar of the Middlers. Both acquitted themselves quite creditably. Mr. Irschick who was in Nova Scotia last summer has been called to a German-English Church at Hespeler, about 14 miles from here. Mr. Irschick you will remember as “the Russian Prince”. On Thursday night of last week the College boys gave a sleighing party to the girls of the town who had helped them in the Christmas Pageant which they gave in the town hall here and in Preston. All together there were forty

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in the party on two sleighs. The trip was to Conestogo and return and wound up with a sumptuous banquet in the hotel at Conestogo. Prof. Willison chaperoned one sleigh load and I the other. We also both shined at the toasts delivered at the banquet. The roads however were poor and it was half past one before we got back that night. But the boys and girls enjoyed it and had a lively time. The ice on the lake is quite good yet notwithstanding the mild weather. I was out with Carolus awhile Saturday afternoon. He is developing into a great skater and is much more at his ease on skates than I am. Herman is getting tired of the sport and doesn’t go as often. Carolus tells me that he stands 8th in his class of 40 at school. There is still room for improvement but this isn't bad. I am having him and Herman memorize a psalm now every Sunday before I allow them out to play. The Sunday School at St. John’s is to become English next Sunday with optional German classes and will be held in the morning. Hitherto the English school has been held in the afternoon. The morning will suit us better all around. They have a great time with Arthur down at the Sunday School. He sees Marion with her cap on and he refuses to remove his, and

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neither his teacher nor the Supt. nor the pastor can induce him to remove it. Carolus says “It makes me so ashamed I don’t know what to do.” But Arthur has a mind of his own and isn’t averse to showing it. Robert talks very plain and expresses himself well. When he falls and hurts himself he says: “I hurt so much.” He is very fond of potatoes and eats more of them than I do. I said to him yesterday “Do you like potatoes?” Quick as a flash he said “Yes, do you?” He can handle the auxiliary verbs better than any child I ever saw for his age and can count alone up to ten. He likes to sing and is particularly fond of the hymn Adeste fideles. He also likes “Grandfather’s Clock” and “Mary’s Little Lamb” sung to the tune “Farewell Ladies, etc.”

I know if you come up you will enjoy my interesting family, and the children would no doubt keep you amused. You would find Bonnie quite congenial too. We grow closer to each other as the years roll along and are very happy together. She has made me a good little wife for whom I cannot sufficiently thank the Lord. But I must close. With lots of love, I am

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 20, 1919

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 20, 1919. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; and a Waterloo College School sleigh party.