C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 16, 1922

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on Easter Sunday, 1922. Little discuses 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; Easter church services and communions; his opposition to daylight savings; and a paper he will present to Synod.
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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
April 16, 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, 16 April 1922, RG-102.13, File 1.24.11, 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}

Easter, April 16, 1922.

Dear Mother:-

I suppose it is too late to convey Easter greetings but I trust you were blessed to-day with as fine weather as we had and that you enjoyed the services whose climax is the joyful message, “The Lord is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!” We had a large congregation this morning and Pastor Bockelmann preached a powerful sermon on Mark 16:5-7. His theme was (Translated): When does Easter arise in your heart? The answer to this question which formed the divisions was: 1.When you seek the crucified Jesus 2.When you find the risen Jesus 3.When you see the glorified Jesus. The sermon was short but right to the point. Pastor Bockelmann is a past master as a homeletician and should be a good example to our boys who understand the German. We also had communion to-day in which I assisted; but the communion was not large, there being only some sixty odd who communed. Bonnie went with me this morning, although he has communion in English to-night. The reason for the small communion to-day was the communion on Good Friday evening. That is the great communion of the year in this congregation. At that time 507 communed. I helped Pastor Bockelmann at this service also and was pretty tired when it was over. We had three services in our Church the past week besides the Confessional Service on Saturday evening. I attended all these and in addition one service in First English Church. I never was in a place where the people attended the week-day Lenten Services as they do here in all our Lutheran Churches. The Churches were filled at every service. Even the Evangelicals (German Methodists) caught the spirit and held Lenten Services and advertised them as such. They even announced on their bulletin board one evening the subject The “Via. dolorosa.” That is certainly getting pretty “High Church” for Methodists when they announce their theme in Latin. Of course their Church is made up of people who were originally

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Lutheran and who have not yet lost all their Lutheran consciousness. Last night Bonnie and I coloured Easter eggs. We had four dozen and by noon there wasn’t an egg on the place, although I ate only two eggs and Bonnie the same number. I was afraid some of the Children would be sick, but they didn’t seem any the worse for it. They were wishing to-day that Easter would come at least once a month, but I’m afraid they would get tired of it at that rate. We had it very cool all last week and I kept the furnace going steadily. To-day, however, was considerably warmer although still cold enough for a little fire. I haven’t done anything in the way of the gardening yet and missed a good opportunity during the Easter holidays but it was too cold to think of it. So I will have to snatch time after 4 o’clock on school days and put the Saturdays to service. It is not yet definitely decided as to whether we will have Day Light Saving time next month or not. Our Council is unanimously opposed to it, although if Kitchener puts it on they will be almost compelled to do so. I was down last week and put in a protest to our Mayor against it and he said he would do all in his power to defeat it. There is still therefore some hope that we may escape this form of war-mania. Our school reopens Tuesday, although the public schools have this week as their vacation. As a Church school it has been our tradition to keep Holy Week. Our Synod has been set for the 20th of June and will be in session for four days – too long I think, it being tedious for us and also an imposition upon the hospitality of our hosts. The Synod will meet at Unionville. I am on for a paper on the subject “What degree of unity is necessary for our cooperation with other Churches?” or something to that effect. I am also the official delegate to the Canada Synod and as the two synods are at loggerheads over some irregularities it is not a very enviable position to be in. But I will have to do the best I can to bring about a reconciliation, which is most necessary in view of our building project at the Seminary. Bonnie appeared out to-day in her Easter finery though she became very much dissatisfied with her dress after she bought. It was too short and too long etc; but now that she has worn it

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I think she is a little better satisfied with it. It wasn’t shantung silk as I stated in my last, all silk looking alike to me, but “taffeta.” I think I have it right this pop. The baby is growing a little. She is a great little mimic and is quite lively and active. She doesn’t talk much yet, but can say “Arthur” as plain as anybody and is very fond of him.

Pastor Bockelmann handed me $5 to-day as an Easter present for Eileen. I guess we will get her a nice dress with it. This year I didn’t send out a single Easter card and also didn’t get any except one from Pastor Bermon. The Board will meet here again on Tuesday and I expect we will have Pastor Bermon and perhabs also his new wife to entertain. Prof. Henkels are the greatest people for always having company. They have some of their poor relations saddled off on them nearly all the time. Well I must close. With love and all good wishes for the season of joy, I am

Most Sincerely yours, [signed]

Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 16, 1922

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on Easter Sunday, 1922. Little discuses 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; Easter church services and communions; his opposition to daylight savings; and a paper he will present to Synod.