C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 5, 1920
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 5, 1920. Little describes family life with wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; the financial situation at the Seminary; and the fundraising efforts of the Women's Auxiliary.
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
Dec. 5, 1920
Width: 16.4 cm
Height: 26.3 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, 5 December 1920, RG-102.13, File 1.22.4, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College

Waterloo, Ontario}

Dec. 5, 1920

Dear Mother:

Just a few lines to-night to let you know that all is well with yours in Canada. There isn’t much news and I am late in getting started, so I am not likely to inflict a very long letter upon you. I will write only as long as my pipe lasts and the steam keeps up. I almost performed a work of supererogation to-day – went to Church twice and read the service both times, this morning in German and this evening in English. I am ready to tackle it in French now if I am furnished with a congregation owning that language as its mother tongue. Pastor Bockelmann’s voice showed great improvement to-day and he preached with old time vigour and was greatly encouraged. He doesn’t want to resign and it would be unfortunate for the Church and especially for the Seminary if he did; but up to to-day he has been seriously considering the matter. To-night the Every Member Canvass Committee made its report. Total benevolence pledged totaled about $850, which all seemed to be quite satisfied with, though I think it is very small. However the people have never been educated to do much and this is a starting point, a sort of stepping stone to greater things. Thursday, Friday and Saturday the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Seminary held their annual sale over in Kitchener. They were as usual quite successful

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and cleared over $800, which was $100 or so in advance of what they made last year. The few women who compose the auxiliary are great workers for the Seminary. They have for a number of years kept the Science room supplied with scientific apparatus and are ready to pay for anything as far as their funds go. They agreed to pay for some $200 worth of chairs that I ordered for the Seminary this fall. Our finances are not in very good shape and something will have to be done very soon if the Seminary and College are to be kept running on the present standard. We are getting this year increased support from the United Lutheran Church which will help out some. We will get $4500 as over against $1200 last year. But until the institution gets better support than it has at present we can’t expect to obtain further increases in salaries, which are an urgent need. With $150 a month I can scarcely make ends meet. I was down to 10₵ Saturday when my cheque came and when I get all my monthly accounts paid up I will have scarcely anything to go on for the rest of the month. However things are beginning to come down and when I get my piano and coal paid up I may be able to save a little. I owe only $25 on my piano any more and I don’t know how much on my coal. But with a growing family there is always something extra cropping up that calls for an outlay of cash. The weather has kept up its record for dampness. It rained nearly every day this last week with the exception of one fine day about the middle of the week. To-day was

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much colder and was marked by snow-squalls which kept up at intervals all day and still at it with high wind to-night. It promises to be quite cold by morning. Bonnie had a letter from Meda to-day. She is getting along nicely with her music in Boston and is looking forward to a visit from her husband next week. ”[?]” is at Mrs. Johnson’s, widow of [?] of the former Episcopal rector at New Germany, but now living in Kingsport N.S. She had gone to Kentville to Max’s, but presumably didn’t get along with Max’s wife. Bonnie wrote her soon after she left for Max’s, but hasn’t heard from her for over two months, but hears occasionally indirectly through Meda. We will soon be on our vacation again. We will close on the 21st and reopen on the 4th of January, which will give us quite a nice breathing spell. Well, my pipe has gone out and my news has run to seed, so I will close. With love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 5, 1920

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 5, 1920. Little describes family life with wife Bonnie and their children; his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario; the financial situation at the Seminary; and the fundraising efforts of the Women's Auxiliary.