C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 1, 1919
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on June 1, 1919. Little describes family life; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; a family picnic in Waterloo Park; and the ongoing search for a new Seminary president.
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
June 1,1919
Width: 16.5 cm
Height: 25.5 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, 1 June 1919, RG-102.13, File 1.21.12, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc10
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

Waterloo, Ont.,

June 1, 1919.

Dear Mother:

We have had to-day one of the hottest days for the first of June that I have ever experienced in Canada. In fact it was hot all last week but it seems to have reached a climax to-day. I attended Church this morning at St. John’s. After I came home we all took a basket and went down into the park where we had a picnic dinner under the shade of the trees by the lakeshore and got what little breeze was blowing. The children all enjoyed the outing immensely and it was also a pleasant change for the rest of us. The baby in particular seemed to enjoy it and was as good as pie in her carriage. To-night Bonnie and the boys went to Church and I thought I would improve the opportunity to write to you. But I hear the baby crying and am afraid I will have to stop before I get through and put her to sleep again. She still continues to be a model baby and sleeps all night without once waking up after she has been put properly to bed. My garden stuff is coming up nicely and everything is looking well. I will have to go into it with a hoe, I expect, next week. Marion and Arthur talk every day about your coming up on a visit. Whenever I

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cut the lawn or plant out flowers or clean up Marion says, “You’re doing that so it will look nice when our people come to see us.” Arthur is more definite and says. “We want it to look nice when grandmother comes”. So you see their expectations are tuned high. I had a surprise to-day. Mr. Irschick who preached in First English this morning called in this afternoon and handed me their cheque for $135, the amount due me for preaching during the vacancy last summer. This will enable me to pay off Clarence and Mr. Casselman and will leave me about $50 to the good. Everything comes to him who waits if he doesn’t die during the long wait. The Board held its special meeting last week. All it did, however, was to ask Dr. Hoffmann to reconsider his decision and appointed a committee to wait on him about the matter. I hardly think their action was worth while as I believe Dr. Hoffmann’s answer is final. Dr. Bieber’s name was not presented or considered, though Prof. Willison made an active canvas of the Board in his behalf, even going so far as to ask members to vote for him. The delay is holding up our catalogue which has been ready for the press ever since Easter. If Dr. Hoffmann again declines as I think he will, it will mean another delay of at least three or four weeks which will be bad. The upshot of the whole business will probably be the continuance of the present regime for

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another year. The idea is that the permanent President shall be active in raising an endowment of $150,000, which will be a tremendous undertaking and one for which I am not especially anxious or qualified. As the Germans are our greatest supporters and are the people from whom most of the money is to come, the President should be a German or at least one who is fluent enough in the German language as to identify himself with them. I am gaining along that line, but am not a full fledged German yet. And they are very “pernickety” about their rights. I have had fault found with the commencement program because it was not German enough. They had no German last year except a German sermon. This year I had one of the two addresses by the graduates to be made in German, a German sermon and a German hymn besides some of the choir music in German, and thought I was doing very well by the Germans, and yet some of them are not satisfied. On the other hand the English element and the general public would have found fault if more prominence had been given to the German. So you see we are as it were between the devil and the deep sea, and it hard to say which is the worst.

Our commence will come off Tuesday night and we expect to have a very pleasant time. The year’s work is the most satisfactory all around that we have had here and the number of students the largest. But I must close. With best wishes and much love, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 1, 1919

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on June 1, 1919. Little describes family life; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; a family picnic in Waterloo Park; and the ongoing search for a new Seminary president.