C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 9, 1919
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 9, 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; 300 people ice skating on Silver Lake in Waterloo Park; Pastor Maurer's illness; and the Little family home.
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 Skeltoin 2012.
Date of Original
Feb. 9,1919
Width: 16.2 cm
Height: 25.6 cm
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 9 February 1919, RG-102.13, File 1.21.6, 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
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

Waterloo, Ont.,

Feb’y 9, 1919.

Dear Mother:

It is pretty late for me to begin a letter, but perhaps I can get a short one done between this and bed time. Bonnie and Herman and I went down to Church to-night. After Church we sent Herman home and went around and made a call upon Prof. Holm and wife, where we had eats and drinks and smokes. There are no people who understand entertaining like the Germans and they have the matter of feeding down to a fine art. We spent a very pleasant evening and when we got back just now we found all the children in bed asleep. Carolus had put Robert to bed. I had put Marion and Arthur to bed before we went to Church. Pastor Bockelmann preached in English to-night. His subject was King Solomon. His divisions were: Solomon the wisest man and the biggest fool, How God accepted His prayer and rejected him, How he had everything and yet was forever dissatisfied. He said Solomon’s folly was seen in his

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“wifes”, of which he had a thousand in his harem and that he should have controlled them but allowed them to control him in the end. He didn’t give Solomon much credit but the sermon was quaint and interesting and rich in Germanized English expressions. Pastor Bockelmann is a fine German preacher, but his English still has room for improvement. I heard him this morning in German and he was very good. This is, I think, the second time I have heard him in English. Pastor Maurer is still quite sick. The Doctor doesn’t know exactly what is the matter with him, but suspects he has a growth in the stomach. He wants to put him through an X ray examination. He looks desperately bad and I’m afraid his days are numbered. I hope though that in this I am mistaken as he has for years been one of my best friends and is in a position here where he could be of the greatest usefulness. In fact he has already done much in the way of building up again the First English congregation in Kitchener. My prayers are that the Lord may spare him for still greater good work, but he is himself in very low spirits over his condition which is not a good sign. Prof. Willison preached for him to-day. We are still having most beautiful winter weather, bright and mild. I was out skating yesterday

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with the boys, and this afternoon I took the family down except Bonnie and Robert and we had a great time on the ice. Marion and Arthur, of course, don’t skate, but they enjoyed running over the ice and trying to keep up with us while we were skating. I suppose there were over 300 on the ice this afternoon. Arthur is a great whistler and crows over Herman who can’t whistle. He gets before him some times and tries to instruct him in the art. He said to-day, “If Uncle Lynton ever comes up here I will tell him Herman can’t whistle and wont he laugh?” Little Robert is also a very bright boy and can use some pretty big words. He can say ‘dictionary’ as plain as anybody and can say ‘Kirchenbuch’ and distinguish it from my Church Book. He is also about the best one of the whole lot to carry a tune. Everything is moving along nicely at the College and the Seminary. We are getting a new student in the College to-morrow, as a returned soldier from Galt. He intends after he gets through here to study medicine. Most of our boys are, of course, prospective theological students. But we will soon have to enlarge the scope of our College. Prof. Willison has at last moved into

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his new quarters in the mansion previously occupied by us. We went over and made them a call this afternoon. The house looks nice and fresh, but their furniture is not in keeping with the place or rather palace either quantitatively or qualitatively. In spite of the improvements we are highly satisfied with our present domicile, which we are gradually fitting out with the necessary furnishings. Bonnie made up some beautiful ecru scim curtains yesterday for the parlor. She likes our new piano better and better every day. At first she didn’t care particularly for the finish, but the beautifully grained and artistically matched walnut grows in one’s appreciation the more one becomes accustomed to it. I like it much better than the more common mahogany finish. Since losing our old piano we haven’t a single piece of furniture now that we had when we started our housekeeping, but nevertheless we are a great deal better off in that line now than we were, and besides have the most ideal house was have ever had. We hope you will come up this summer and see where and how we live. Well, it is getting late and I must look after my furnace and get to bed. To-morrow is coming and it is work day. So Goodnight. With much love and all good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 9, 1919

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 9, 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; 300 people ice skating on Silver Lake in Waterloo Park; Pastor Maurer's illness; and the Little family home.