C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 1, 1922
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his motheron January 1, 1922. Little discusses 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; New Year celebration; the death of local physician Dr. Weidenhammer; the death of Rev. Boese; and the planned addition to Willison Hall.
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-- 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 July 2013.
Date of Original
Jan. 1, 1922
Width: 22 cm
Height: 28 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
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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, 1 January 1922, RG-102.13, File 1.24.1, 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


Jany 1, 1922

Dear Mother:-

A happy New Year to you all! May this New Year bring its richest blessings to you and yours! This is my first letter of the New Year and in my anxiety to get the date correct I almost wrote Jan’y 2. It has been a beautiful day, bright and cold and quite in contrast with the way the old year went out. Yesterday we had a blinding snow storm that raged all day and way into the night accompanied with the rushing of a mighty wind. But to-day has been all that could be desired of a winter day. I was at Church this morning and heard a good New Year’s sermon from the Gospel for to-day. Bonnie and the big boys are down at Church to-night to hear Prof. Zinck. We had a fine week last week. The weather was fairly cold with special emphasis on the fair and the ice was excellent for skating. I was down on the lake nearly every day, some times twice a day and frequently all the boys were along and occasionally also Marion. Robert is learning to skate and gets along quite well for a little fellow. He is very ambitious to learn and no amount of cold or number of tumbles discourages him. He is always game to go and always ready to stick it out as long as the next one. I think he will make a good skater before the season is over. For the present, however, the snow which fell yesterday has spoiled the skating, but it has made good ground for tobogganing which will be the next sport on deck. I think children who live in warmer latitudes miss much of the joys of life from not having the winter sports which go with ice and snow. It sounds real cheery to hear the sleigh bells again. Up to now we have heard very little of them this winter. Our

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vacation is now drawing rapidly to a close. Our Seminary and College reopen Tuesday and the public schools the same date. The children have had a real good time during the vacation and I think I have enjoyed it as well as any of them. I am quite a boy again when I participate in their sports and games. I got Herman a checker board for Christmas and Arthur a set of dominoes. Herman can beat me at checkers and Arthur at dominoes. In fact Arthur is a cracker-jack at dominoes and can lick any body in the house. He is as quick as a flash and knows all the tricks in the game. Out of six games I played with him to-day he got four. He is also racing with me in reading the N.T. through and is ahead in that too. Since Christmas he has read through Matthew, Mark, Luke and ten chapters in John. He takes great delight in keeping ahead of me. He has a lead of ten chapters to date. He remembers well what he reads also and can talk very intelligently about it. Last night Carolus and Herman had a number of boys in last night for a New Year’s party. They had a magic lantern and gave a very fine showing of picture post cards. Carolus has taken a number of pictures with his Kodak and has developed a few, but they are not particularly good and I will wait awhile till he learns the developing process better before sending you any snaps. We had two rather sudden deaths in the Twin city within the last 24 hours. Dr. Weidenhammer of Waterloo died at about 9:30 last night. He had been sick for a long time with internal cancer but kept up his practice to the last. He died from hemorrhage. The other was Rev. W.C. Boese, of Kitchener (Mo. minister). He preached as usual this morning and died suddenly from a stroke, I suppose some time this afternoon. He was a very able preacher – the best in German around here. He has been in Kitchener for more than 25 years. On Friday evening Bonnie and I were invited to Prof. Zinck’s together with Prof. and Mrs. Willison, where we had tea and spent an enjoyable evening in a social way. To-day we celebrated New Years by eating two more of our

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fowls – a young rooster and our old white Wyandotte hen. The latter was one of the fattest birds you ever saw and would probably weigh about five lbs. dressed. It was no trouble, however, for our healthy family to finish the two of them at one meal. Dr. Hoffmann got back from Phil’a Friday night. He said it was so warm down there that he felt like a fool with his fur coat on.

Our prohibition authorities informed the brewers that they would close their eyes to any increase in the strength of beer during the holidays and so many people were able to have Christmas cheer with beer of pre-prohibition strength. There is no law against one’s making his own beer and our stores here sell all the requisite utensils and materials for its manufacture as well as the recipes for making it. I think I will make some as soon as my cider-mixture is out of the barrel. Last week the Faculty met with a Committee of the Board to draw up plans for an additional building to be erected next summer. We agreed on a general plan and will meet to-morrow again to work out the specifications. The new building will join on the the present building and will be of the same style, making it 64 ft. longer. It will enable us to accommodate the expected increase of students next year and will probably serve for some years to come. You should have heard the children sing and recite at our “band concert” to-night. Little Eileen is too cute for anything. She sang a solo “I washed my hands, this morning” and acted it off to perfection. They always enjoy “the band concert” and can scarcely wait for mother and the boys to get off before they begin it. Ruth is growing very rapidly and has four teeth now. She is a jolly little soul and is loved by all. But I must now close.

With much love and best wishes for a bright and blessed New Year I am

Most Sincerely yours,


Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 1, 1922

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his motheron January 1, 1922. Little discusses 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; New Year celebration; the death of local physician Dr. Weidenhammer; the death of Rev. Boese; and the planned addition to Willison Hall.