C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 16, 1921
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 16, 1921. 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; skating on the Seminary ice rink; his children reading the Bible; student Jacobi accepting a call to Nova Scotia; and Dr. Maurer's family.
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.
Date of Original
Jan. 16, 1921
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 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, 16 January 1921, RG-102.13, File 1.23.3, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc12
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College

Waterloo, Ontario}

Jan’y 16, 1921.

Dear Mother:-

Your very newsy and interesting letter to Bonnie was received last week and was read with pleasure. As it will probably be some time before Bonnie gets around to writing you will kindly consider this as an attempt to answer it. We are having a very stormy night to night – heavy wind, cold and driving snow. It was too stormy for Bonnie and the boys to venture out to Church to-night. So we all stayed home where we have it comfortable and warm and whiled away the time playing crokinole. Bonnie and I played three games of which she won two, thus wresting the championship of the house from me. The boys are playing now with one of the neighbours' boys who has come in for the evening, but I can’t tell you how they are making out. The storm this afternoon and to-night was the heaviest we have had this winter, and I suppose there will be some snowshoveling to do on the side-walks to-morrow morning. We have had very little snow this winter barring the time between Christmas and New Year, but generally enough snow to keep the ground white. Yesterday was the first time the Seminary boys succeeded in getting their rink so it could be used. Carolus and Herman and Marion and Arthur and I were on it for an hour or so last evening. It was rather rough but still “not too bad” as the Nova Scotians say and we enjoyed the sport. Carolus and Herman were over a little while this afternoon but found the weather too rough and

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soon returned. Marion and Robert went down to the Park to skate Friday afternoon, but soon returned. Robert explained that they saw a sign up that if they stayed in the Park they would be ‘prosecuted’ and said “We hurried home as fast as we could.” I don’t know what idea he attached to prosecution but am sure he thought it was something awful and that it wouldn’t be safe to stay down there. It was Marion, of course, that read the sign. She started to read the Bible through to-day and read the first 17 chapters of Genesis. It is wonderful how she can get over the difficult proper names. Herman has also started to read his Bible through but isn’t as far along as Marion. He and Carolus, however, memorize a Psalm or other selection every Sunday. I require this of them before I allow them to go out for play. I hope to stock them with a considerable body of Scripture passages before they are grown which will be useful to them in all after life. One of the Seminary students asked me last week what method I had of memorizing Scripture. I told him I had no method at all except keeping everlastingly at it and that I had the advantage of a good start in my youth. In the Public Schools here an innovation has been made in the employment of a nurse who comes nearly every day and inspects the children as to cleanliness, health etc. It has had a wonderful effect on our boys. Before they were somewhat carless as to their appearance and gave themselves little concern as to whether they were immaculately clean or not. But since the nurses appearance on the scene they scrub for dear life, clean their finger nails, comb and part their hair till I’m afraid they are going to be dandies before their time. I shall be looking for them to fall in love if this thing keeps up very long. I think the school nurse is a rather good institution. For one thing she has rid the school of lice and for another she will probably

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be able to detect any incipient outbreak of contagious diseases which is a consideration in view of the fact that small pox is still hanging around and that scarlet fever and other diseases are not altogether absent from the twin cities. I had a nice little note from Pastor Murray last week and enclosed a beautiful handpainted blotter folder as a sort of belated New Year acknowledgement. He didn’t say, however, how he was getting along at Verona but no doubt is doing very well there. I wrote a letter to Blanche yesterday and addressed it to Lake City, Fla. I don’t know whether that was sufficient address or not, but thought I would risk it. I didn’t say any thing about the information you imparted nor did I mention Mr. Pegram’s name. He seems to be a regular Micawber, always waiting for something to turn up, and if you will pardon the expression a d. fool optimist. I don’t see how Blanche can have any respect for him, much less love. Prof. Slanker is back at his work and has agreed to stay until the end of the year, which relieves our situation considerably. Whether he is going to bring his wife back or not I do not know, but I hardly think so. Mr. Jacobi one of our Seniors has accepted the call to the Conquerall Parish in Nova Scotia and will succeed Pastor Wahl. This will give us four men from Waterloo Seminary in Nova Scotia. We will soon be in the majority down in the Nova Scotia Synod. Bonnie has had a pretty bad cold for the past week or so and coughs a good deal but is getting better. Dr. Maurer was around the other evening. He says there is every prospect of marrying his whole family off by next summer. Mrs. Maurer’s daughter Elinor is engaged, also Ruth Maurer. Carl is to be married in the spring and Mrs. Robrig, Mrs. Maurer’s widowed sister is making eyes at Pastor Bermon. Glad to hear of the success of Bikle, Clarence and Leopold. Best wishes and love to all.

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 16, 1921

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 16, 1921. 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; skating on the Seminary ice rink; his children reading the Bible; student Jacobi accepting a call to Nova Scotia; and Dr. Maurer's family.