C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 21, 1922
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 21, 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; his wine making; and Bonnie's desire to see Emmeline Pankhurst speak in Kitchener.
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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. 21, 1922
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, 21 January 1922, RG-102.13, File 1.24.4, 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 21, 1922

Dear Mother:-

I am writing to you to-day under similar elemental conditions to those of last Sunday, only to-day the wind is if anything heavier, the storm more violent and the temperature colder. If the storm which now around supper time shows no signs of abating Bonnie will hardly venture out to Church to-night, though the older boys will probably go. Yesterday was a bright mild day, but it was a storm breeder. The weather so far this winter has been as regular as clock, the storm centre always coming around the week end. This is the fourth stormy Sunday we have had in succession. We have had very little snow this winter and every time enough falls for sleighing the wind comes along and heaps it in piles leaving most of the road perfectly bare. We have had a pile of snow 3 or 4 ft. deep in front of the Seminary all winter. It is not object of beauty either being almost as red as clay. Everything around here is the same colour on account of the dirt blown off of Shantz’s ploughed field. Yesterday we had some great ice and fine skating on the Seminary rink and the boys and I had quite a nice time there yesterday afternoon, but it was too windy and cold to tackle it to-day and the rink is also probably covered with a mixture of snow and dirt. I was down at Church this morning. The congregation was not as large as usual but was

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very good considering conditions. I read the service for Pastor Bockelmann as usual. I haven’t had any preaching to do lately, but am booked for the first Sunday in Feby at Hespeler and probably for the Sunday evening of the second Sunday. I may preach there in German some Sunday this winter as I am being strongly urged to do so. I would like to be able to preach in German and I suppose I ought to make a start before I get too old to learn. You know I will soon be fifty years of age. A half century is a considerable life-time. We had a new student last week, a Mr. Snyder from Brooklyn, New York. He is a son of the late Dr. W. A. Snyder and wants to prepare for Canadian University matriculation. He is the second student we have from the States, the other being a Mr. Vonkoper from Davenport, Ia. Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst, the notorious English suffragette is to deliver a lecture in one of the Kitchener theatres to-night. Bonnie had been counting on going over to hear her, but has backed out on account of the weather. I have still about 35 cigars out of the two boxes that I got at Christmas which goes to show that I am not an over-inveterate smoker. I still have also about half a gallon of cider left which serves to show that I am not over-indulgent in drink either. The cider concoction makes about the best and healthiest drinks I know of. My wine is developing an excellent quality. I haven’t drunk any of it yet, only just sampled it a time or two to see what it was like. Last week one of the students, presumably one of the day students took my pair of perfectly good rubbers while I was in chapel and so far I haven’t required them though I have posted several notices on the Bulletin Board about them. The last one reads as follows: “If the gent who removed my rubbers from the lower

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hall thinks that I haven’t enough boys to buy rubbers for he is requested to present himself immediately before me for adoption”. Fortunately I had another old pair of rubbers with which I could make shift. Arthur and Robert still continue attending the German Vespers and are becoming quite proficient in German. Yesterday Carolus took a few pictures. They are not developed yet, but if they turn out any way good at all I will send you some samples, perhaps in my next letter. The baby sits up alone and might possibly be walking by this time if she had a chance to get down on the floor. She tries hard to talk, but doesn’t articulate very clearly as yet. Arthur is keeping up reading his Testament and is now down to 1 Thessalonians. Herman finished Deuteronomy to-day and penetrated several chapters into Joshua. Marion has resumed her reading also and is somewhere in Numbers. Carolus is interested at present in Library books, principally Indian stories and doesn’t devote so much time to Scripture reading, though he and Herman regularly get up their memory verses every Sunday. Little Eileen is as fat as she can be and of such a bright sunshiny disposition. She is very sympathetic and if any of the children cry she bursts out crying and says the one that is crying made her cry. When she asks for anything and says please and we pay no attention to her she winds up by saying “Father, or mother (as the case may be) I’m asking you”. She can sing all the German hymns and Glorias that Arthur and Robert sing and always gets the words correct. I haven’t heard from Pastor Bermon since he was married but notice his marriage mentioned in last week’s Lutheran. It seems that he had a Church wedding.

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Bonnie said I should tell you she is looking forward to a musical treat next Tuesday evening, the Koschanski-Gilotti concert. I don’t know whether I have spelled the names right or not, but the former is a world renowned violinist and the latter a celebrated pianist and student of Liszt. Mrs. Balhmer of Kitchener is taking her to this musicale. Things are moving along nicely at the Seminary. I have collected nearly all the tuition for the 1st Semester $1525 with only about $60 outstanding. The tuition fees this year will run over $3000. So if I don’t get more than $2000 salary I get to handle a good deal of money in the course of a year and can’t forget at least what it feels like. Bonnie has been after me all winter to get a suit and an overcoat. I can’t get both just now, but as overcoats are about half price now, I may buy one when my cheque comes in the end of this month. If I get considerable preaching to do I may be able to get a suit also before long. Well, supper is ready and I will have to stop. With love from us all to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,


Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 21, 1922

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 21, 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; his wine making; and Bonnie's desire to see Emmeline Pankhurst speak in Kitchener.