C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 12, 1922
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 12, 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; Communion at St. John's; preaching to a congregation in Elmira; and the deaths of Mrs. Dr. Schaefer and Dr. Bauslin.
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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
March 12, 1922
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
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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, 12 March 1922, RG-102.13, File 1.24.10, 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}

March 12, 1922.

Dear Mother:-

As I have a little time at my disposal this afternoon before supper I have concluded to put it to good account by writing a letter to you. Missionary Neudoerffer is to preach in our Church to-night and I may go down to hear him. He was here last week and preached in St. Matthew’s, Kitchener, but was called back to Penn’a owing to the serious sickness of his wife and son with the Flu. It was uncertain whether he would get back or not, but toward the end of the week Dr. Hoffmann received a letter from him saying his folks were better and that he would keep his engagements at our Seminary for to-morrow and Tuesday. I haven’t seen him as yet and am anxious to meet him again after an absence of 22 years.

We are having the most beautiful spring-like day imaginable to-day. It is clear, sunshiny and warm. The children are all outside enjoying the nice weather except the baby who is asleep. This morning I was down at St. John’s where I read the Service and assisted in the Communion. It was a small Communion, only about 30 Communicants. This is always the low water-mark for the year. The big communion is on Good Friday evening when there are 5 or 6 hundred communicants. On Easter there are usually between one and two-hundred. Last Sunday evening I preached in Elmira. The Pastor of the congregation there Rev.

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Strempfer can preach only in German and as the congregation requires some English they have agreed to pay extra for English preaching and draw on our Seminary for it. They pay $10 a service, but one has to furnish his own conveyance. I got Prof. Henkel’s horse and driver for $2. As the day was mild and there were concrete roads nearly all the way I didn’t mind the drive and got back home before 10 o’clock. I had a fine congregation out and must have made a fair impression as some of the members told the driver that he should bring me back again. Last week we received news of the death of Mrs. Dr. Schaefer. Dr. Schaefer was Prof. in our Seminary for one year two or three years ago and is now Professor in the Chicago Theol. Seminary. Mrs. Schaefer had the scarlet fever in Chicago and after getting over it went to her home in Phil’a. I suppose it left her, as it usually does people, with some weakness and which resulted in her death. She was a rather young woman, being under 40 years of age. She was quite a fashion plate when she was here but otherwise rather a nice, pleasant sort of woman. Another death that we heard of last week was that of Dr. Bauslin of Hamma Divinity School, Springfield, Ohio, who died suddenly. Dr. Bauslin delivered the Reformation address in St. Matthew’s a year ago last fall and was an able speaker. His death will be quite a loss to the Church. We are getting along nicely with our College and Seminary work. I am finishing up N.T. Theology and will hold an examination on it this week. This will give me more time to devote to some other subjects. Yesterday Bonnie and I and Marion went over to Kitchener to do some shopping.

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We bought Marion a very nice spring coat for $10, also a spring hat, so that she is pretty well fitted out for the present. Bonnie also got herself a spring hat. She contented herself with a black sailor hat which cost only $6.00, so that I consider that I got off very lucky on that deal. I was around also to see my man about my suit, but he didn’t have the black cloth on hand yet and as I want a suit for Sunday wear I didn’t care to take a grey. Consequently I have to wait a few days longer, but I think my old suit will hold out all right. At the school examinations last week Herman stood first in his room. He will probably not need to stand the finals in June. Arthur had an examination in Arithmetic and made 90 and as this is his weakest subject he bids fair to come through with honours. He and Robert are learning to play Chess and can put up a pretty good game already. Arthur can occasionally beat me. My beer is so active that it spouts up to the ceiling unless I am very careful in opening it. We have a bottle or so nearly every day. The baby has eight teeth and likes to eat things now. She can stand up if she has something to lean against, but doesn’t get much of a chance to develop walking stunts. Carolus has been taking some more pictures lately and will no doubt send you some snaps again before long. At our House Committee meeting Saturday the Com. authorized me to have the dining room and study floors painted again and some other needed repairs made. I don’t know what I will do while this work is going on, but perhaps I can study in the Kitchen. Give Herbert our congratulations on the attainment of his 46th(?) birthday on Wednesday the 15th. With love to all, I am

Most Sincerely yours, [signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 12, 1922

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 12, 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; Communion at St. John's; preaching to a congregation in Elmira; and the deaths of Mrs. Dr. Schaefer and Dr. Bauslin.