C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 14, 1919

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 14, 1919. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; and the death of Seminary graduate Rev. Ernest Beckman.
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
Dec.14, 1919
Width: 16 cm
Height: 26 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
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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, 14 December 1919, RG-102.13, File 1.21.20, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc10
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College

Waterloo, Ontario} Dec. 14, 1919.

Dear Mother:

I have just got back from St. John’s where I preached again to-night for Pastor Bockelmann who was incapacitated by reason of a cold accompanied by severe hoarseness. His throat seems to be quite weak and every little cold knocks him out. I’m afraid that sooner or later he will have to give up his big church and take something smaller or perhaps move to a milder climate. Apart from his throat trouble he is quite well and very active. He paid me $5 for my service to-night, which will help out a little in the fast approaching Christmas time with its heavy financial strain. I was only asked to preach for him yesterday morning and had very little time for preparation, but I came through with it very well and made, I think, a very good impression. All the Professors were out to-day – Profs. Lincke and [?] in their parishes, Prof. Willison at Port Colborne, Prof. Schaeffer at Stratford and myself at St. John’s. Student Walters-[?] preached in German at St. John’s this morning. I think it was his

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first regular sermon. He didn’t do too bad in view of the fact that he also was not notified to preach until yesterday morning although he didn’t astonish anybody by his eloquence. He had one advantage and that was that being a native-born German he had no difficulty with the language. He is the best student we have as far as grades go and is a regular bookworm and I think will develop into a good preacher. We matriculated another student last week, which makes two new ones recently. Both these are prospective students for the ministry. We find no trouble in getting the students, but our greatest difficulty which is approaching a crisis is the financial one. The Professors all need more salary but where the money is to come from is the question. I was talking over the matter with Pastor Bockelmann in the sacristy to-night before service and he thought the situation was pretty blue from the financial side. Prof. Willison has been side-tracked on the Montreal Church proposition and Pastor Klacher of Stratford is now booked for that place but Prof. Willison, I understand, is going to demand $1500, and if he doesn’t get it he is liable to leave. I should have myself about $2000 in order to live respectably and have been teasing Bonnie about moving to the west to take up parish work in some of the vacancies where good salaries are offered such as Vancouver and Victoria, but she vows

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she will never move again. And in fact I have no desire to do so myself, being perfectly well satisfied with my present position; but I would like to have enough to live on and clothe myself and family decently. However, I am not worrying about it in the least and am hoping for better times ahead. The Rev. Ernest H. Beckman died at Winnipeg last Monday and his body was shipped to Hamilton where the funeral and interment will take place to-morrow afternoon. At his request Prof. Willison is to have charge of the services. Rev. Beckman was formerly pastor at Galt and was a sick man when he went to Winnipeg about two months ago. I said when he accepted the call there that I would give him about three months to live, but he didn’t even reach that limit. He had lesion of the heart with tubercular complications. He graduated from our Seminary in 1917 and is the first one of our graduates to die. He was very energetic and ambitious but didn’t have the physical strength to see it through. He preached only once in Winnipeg after he went there. Dr. Bieber will no doubt give him a great eulogy in The Lutheran as

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he was one of his especial protégés. Mrs. Bermon was still holding out at last account. Her case too is entirely hopeless, but it is wonderful how long she lasts in her condition. When he wrote me over two weeks ago she was taking no nourishment and could not speak above a whisper, and has been so low that he hasn’t preached since then. I don’t see how she can last much longer. We are having very cold weather again. We had a little thaw last week which took most of the snow away but to-day it was snow squally and very blustery. The ice is over a foot thick on the lake in the park and the boys and I had a fine skate on it this afternoon. I took Marion and Arthur along who enjoyed skating with their shoes on the ice. On our way home I slipped on the ice on the side walk and fell pulling Marion and Arthur along with me, but fortunately none of us were hurt. The children are busy with their Christmas pieces. Arthur said the Supt. said they sing their pieces without making a mistake and so nicely and softly, and that the Supt. said they did it much better than they did last year. They first Christmas concert will be held by St. Matthew’s Church, Kitchener on Tuesday of this week. Well, I have about reached my limit, so I will close. With love and all good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 14, 1919

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 14, 1919. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; and the death of Seminary graduate Rev. Ernest Beckman.