C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 10, 1921
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on June 10, 1921. Little discusses 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; the Synod conference in Ottawa; gardening; and the Convocation of Church Musicians at St. Matthew's Church in Kitchener.
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
June 10, 1921
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
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Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 10 June 1921, RG-102.13, File 1.23.9, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc12
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}

June 10, 1921.

Dear Mother:-

Your kind letter to Bonnie was received by her during my absence at Synod and was read by myself also on my return. It was appreciated highly as were also the newspaper and the clippings which you sent. Mr. Childs seems to be an ambitious lad and bound to complete his education in spite of the barrier of having a wife and children. I am glad to see that he is making good. You did not say in your letter to Bonnie whether you intended to accept Hazel’s pressing invitation to come to Washington, so I am in about the same position I was in last week as far as your address is concerned and will do as I did then address your letter to your home at Hickory, N.C. I went to Synod last Monday morning and returned on Friday around noon. It was a long, tiresome trip, but we had fine weather from start to finish and a splendid harmonious convention of Synod. The attendance of both pastors and delegates was the best we ever had. We had some distinguished visitors also, Dr. [?].C. Hoffmann our Supt. of Home Missions, Dr. Bachmann, Rector of the Mary J. Drexel Deaconness Home, and Rev. Walters of the Rajahmundry Mission in India. The people of the congregation in Ottawa entertained us royally and on one afternoon gave the delegation a trip over Ottawa and vicinity showing us the various beauty spots; and Ottawa is certainly a picturesque city. It is not as clean as Waterloo and Kitchener, but has

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many attractions both natural and artificial. We were also conducted through the new Parliament building which is larger and far superior to the old. Pastor Bermon and I were placed out on the Dominion Experimental Farm where we were the guests of a Mr. Holtz, the florist and horticulturist. The farm was in all the glorious beauty of summer and the flowers – especially the peonies – were magnificent. They claim to have the finest collection of peonies on the continent. We were about 40 minutes out from the city by trolley, but our delightful situation amply repaid us for the distance necessary to travel in going to and returning from Church. Pastor Bermon seemed to fall in love with Miss Holtz and ‘rushed’ her throughout the convention. I wouldn’t be surprised if that doesn’t make a match as she seemed to be as eager to be with him as he with her. His case with Miss Werth has fallen through on account of some trouble her brother had in his love affairs for whom she is keeping house. We were kept very busy from the time we reached Ottawa Monday night until Thursday night and were a rather tired bunch when we got back. But a few days of rest have brought me around again. The weather was rather on the warm order until to-day which was quite cool. My garden is growing fine. I have the best corn of any body in the vicinity and an abundance of it and my garden as a whole is the finest I ever had. I am succeeding also in keeping it quite clean. I expect to have a fine crop of potatoes this year which ought to be quite a help in reducing the cost of living. Yesterday our old cluck came off with eleven chickens, one of which died and to-day I set another hen with 15 eggs. If we are successful in raising them we ought to have a good supply of fowls and eggs. Our few hens have been laying fine ever since early in the spring.

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Dr. Hoffmann preached in St. John’s this morning, Pastor Bockelmann being away on his vacation, and Prof. Zinck preached this evening. Bonnie and the boys except Robert were down at Church to-night. I stayed at home and kept the baby. She was a little cross and I had to put her to sleep three times and then she didn’t stay put. But she is growing fast and is strong and healthy and is a beautiful baby. The children are still going to school. Arthur passed his examinations last week, but failed to grade. I hardly expected he would as he had graded once through the year but he only fell down in one subject and that was arithmetic, which is the only thing with which he has any difficulty. Herman is doing better work lately and may grade and Carolus expects to get through with honours. Prof. Willison went from Ottawa down to Nova Scotia to serve the Northfield Parish during the summer months. He left his wife and family here to look after his garden. Prof. Zinck and wife and Dr. Hoffmann and family will also probably remain here through the summer. We are looking forward to a treat this week in the Convocation of Church Musicians which will be held in St. Matthew’s Church Kitchener, June 15. Drs. Ohl Rud and organist Benbow of Buffalo will have the work in charge and the various Lutheran choirs of the twin-cities will participate. The next big event will be the Summer School in the Seminary building the last of July. Well, I must close. Hope you enjoyed your trip and have arrived safe at home again. With much love and all good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, June 10, 1921

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on June 10, 1921. Little discusses 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; the Synod conference in Ottawa; gardening; and the Convocation of Church Musicians at St. Matthew's Church in Kitchener.