C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 8, 1919
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on June 8, 1919. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children; his work at a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; gardening; the weather; commencement ceremonies; and the upcoming visit.
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 8,1919
Width: 16.5 cm
Height: 23 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
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  • 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, 8 June 1919, RG-102.13, File 1.21.13, 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.,

June 8, 1919.

Dear Mother:

Your very welcome and interesting letter of the 5th inst. was received to-day and was read with great pleasure. We hope you will soon get over your busy spell and find opportunity to get the necessary clothes made and be ready to pay us a visit by the last of June or first of July at the latest. Don’t let anything interfere with your trip as otherwise we will be very much disappointed and besides it is your only chance of seeing the family, as it is getting so large that it will forever be out of the question to bring it south in whole or in part. And I might add it’s a mighty interesting family you will find too. I don’t think you would find anything like it among any of the other of your numerous progeny. To-day is Whitsunday and we had no less than three distinct showers, which according to the old adage prefigures a wet season. But it could hardly help but rain to-day as it has rained every day since the hot spell was broken. Up to Thursday we had about a week of weather ranging from 85 ° to 92 in the shade. But since the showers have come it has been very pleasant and it is wonderful how the gardens are growing. I spent nearly all

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day Friday and Saturday hoeing in mine. Everything looks good except the potato bugs and they are certainly vigorous enough. I tried to Paris green them, but the rain came and washed it off and they started at their old game again. I suppose the only remedy will be to gather them in buckets kerosene oil them and make a bonfire of them. I preached in Frist English to-day while Pastor Maurer went to Guelph. I had a fair audience and gave them a good Whitsunday sermon. This afternoon Mr. Berdox, our next door neighbour, took me and five of the children out to his sheep farm in his “Tin Lizzie”. It was a fine trip of 7 or 8 miles each way and through a picturesque part of the county and we enjoyed it very much. We had a great time trying to dodge the showers, but succeeded admirably.

Our Commencement came off on schedule (pronounced shedule in Canada) time in St. Matthew’s Church, Kitchener and was a great success. I don’t think we ever had a better commencement. If I don’t forget it and it doesn’t make my letter too bulky I will enclose a programme. I had charge as Chairman of the proceedings and just to please the Germans made one of the announcements in German. I see you seem to be highly taken with the Chautauquas. Well, we are have one in Kitchener the week of the 23rd; but as this conflicts with our Summer School I don’t think we will be able to go. I am sorry too; for I have never been at one and have for a long time desired the opportunity of attending one.

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I was interested in what you had to say of Guy. Herminie’s man must be quite ambitious and must be quite a financier too to navigate a university course with a family aboard ship. If I got a salary of $1800 I think I should be pretty well satisfied, though considering house and other perquisites I suppose mine pretty nearly amounts to that. Tell Herminie and Guy to come up before their family becomes like ours – immovable. I have never seen Guy or Herminie since she became a woman. Bonnie had a letter from Louise (Max’s wife, Kentville, N.S.) conveying the astonishing information that Muriel Don’s wife was on a visit there, having left her two months old baby with Don and her mother. Louise says that Muriel is almost a nervous wreck and worries about everything. One baby seems about to have finished her. The Masons are noted anyway for nursing their nerves. As to visiting Rochester, N.Y., I don’t know, but I don’t think it would be much if any out of your way in either coming or going from here, though it might take you off the main line of travel which is through Buffalo, but if you went that way you could take the steamer at Charlotte, the port of Rochester and have a fine trip across the lake to Toronto, which, I think, you would enjoy. To come direct here from Washington, ought not to take over 18 to 20 hours. Carolus has taken to writing poetry. I am en-

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closing one of his poems. Of course he doesn’t know anything about rhythm or metre as yet, but he has the idea all right and knows how to work in the rhyme on occasion. I have had so much to do that I haven’t had time to enjoy my vacation as yet and have hardly realized that it is on. Synod and Summer School are next on the docket and after that perhaps some canvassing. Bonnie says You will think the baby about the sweetest little trick in the world and I second the motion. We send love to Herminie and our little niece or nephew or whatever they are, also to all the rest. With love and best wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 8, 1919

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on June 8, 1919. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children; his work at a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; gardening; the weather; commencement ceremonies; and the upcoming visit.