C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 8, 1922
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on 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; the weather; the funerals of Dr. Wiedenhammer and Rev. Boese; and the marriage of Rev. Bermon.
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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 Skeltonin July 2013.
Date of Original
Jan. 8, 1922
Width: 22 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, 8 January 1922, RG-102.13, File 1.24.2, 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
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

{Lutheran Theological Seminary and Waterloo College


Jan’y 8, 1922

Dear Mother:-

The first week of the new year has rapidly flown by, and one week of the home-stretch in College and Seminary work has passed already. Two more students entered after the holidays, which brings our enrollment up to 74 or 75. It is quite a bunch of boys when they all get together at the morning chapel. The work started off briskly on the 3rd and is now again well under way. Our next holiday season will be around Easter, which, as you know, comes very late this year. As Easter controls the Seminary year we will run till the first of June this year and close simultaneously with the College. Last year we got out almost a month before the College men did. Bonnie says I got fat during the Christmas holidays. I said, With plenty to eat and drink and smoke I ought to get fat. I haven’t had an opportunity to weigh but believe I would pull the beam at 160 or more. We had some real good skating this last week though the ice was slightly covered with snow. I was down on the lake this afternoon for about an hour and was enjoying the sport when there came up such a heavy wind and snow squall that I had to return to the house. Arthur is still reading his N.T. He finished the Book of Acts to-day. Herman is reading the O.T. through and has finished Leviticus. Carolus is reading the N.T. and is about through Matthew. Marion and Arthur had a little squabble to-night and Marion said to Arthur “I don’t think you are much of a Christian even if you are always reading your Bible”, thus showing that she has an idea of application. On Wednesday afternoon of this last week the funerals of Dr. Weidenhammer

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and Pastor Boese were held. Profs. Willison and Zinck and Dr. Dehr and Mr. Whittaker attended the former, while Dr. Hoffmann, Prof. Henkel and I attended Rev. Boese’s funeral. The day was a wretched one. It rained “hail and pitch forks” steadily the whole day; but in spite of the inclemency of the weather both funerals were well attended. According to the paper, Rev. Boese’s funeral was the longest ever seen in Kitchener. Two sermons were preached, one in German and one in English. Both were eloquent tributes to Pastor Boese, his character and his work. Pastor Boese died of heart failure on his way to Linwood where he was to preach Sunday evening. He had been dieting for some time for high blood pressure and on the way up his Ford got stuck in a snow bank and he overexerted himself in trying to get it out. He was just two months younger than I am, having been born May 27, 1872. He left a widow and five children, 4 girls and one boy, all about grown but all still at home. I think it is likely that Pastor Gallmeier of Elmira will be called as his successor. He preached the English funeral sermon and is a young man of pleasing appearance and is a good preacher in both German and English. I don’t know how well off Pastor Boese left his family, but at any rate they should be able to make their way. We had our first communion of the year down at St. John’s this morning. I assisted Pastor Bockelmann. He preached a fine Epiphany sermon from Matt. 2:2. His funeral sermon for Dr. Weidenhammer which was in English was published in full in the Kitchener Daily Record of the next day. I don’t think you met Dr. Weidenhammer as he was away the summer you were here. He was, though a doctor, a very devoted Christian and intensely interested in all Church work, especially in the educational work of the Church. He was only 54 years of age and leaves a wife and one child, both well provided for. I forgot to tell you when I wrote you before that Pastor Bermon was married on the day after Christmas. He married a Miss Cremer from the congregation at

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Port Colbourne. He went over to Buffalo and spent a short honeymoon of about a week, since which time he has been back in his parish. I don’t know how long he will stay there, though, I understand, the majority of the congregation are well-satisfied with his marriage. I understand that his sister, who has been keeping house for him is going to return to Detroit and take his father and mother with her. This will relieve the new wife somewhat as she will then have only his four children and himself to look after. Pastor Bermon will probably be up here again before long as a special meeting of the Board is to be called as soon as we get the building plans in readiness for their consideration which we will probably have ready some time this week. Robert was highly elated Friday. His Uncle Dan sent him a 25₵ bill in a letter as an expression of appreciation for the post card he sent him at Christmas. He spent it all Saturday but drew it out by making 3 or 4 trips down town and buying a little at a time. All the children take great stock in dominoes and even Robert plays a very good game. They had a great time playing dominoes this afternoon. Carolus hasn’t had time to develop any more pictures but we hope to send you some good snaps some time before so very long. Well, I don’t think of anything of special interest, so I will bring my rambling remarks to a close. With love and all good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,


Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 8, 1922

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on 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; the weather; the funerals of Dr. Wiedenhammer and Rev. Boese; and the marriage of Rev. Bermon.