C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 7, 1923
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 7, 1923. 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; skating on the ice rink in his yard; and the municipal election results.
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. 7, 1923
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, 7 January 1923, RG-102.13, File 1.25.1, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc13
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 7, 1923

Dear Mother:

I have just got home from Church and put the smaller children to bed and will try to write you a short letter again to-night. I preached in St. John’s for Pastor Bockelmann to-night, and had quite a good turn-out for a Sunday evening service. Pastor Bockelmann was away over this Sunday to preach a trial sermon somewhere in the States, I believe. He didn’t tell me where he was going and I didn’t ask him, but I have no doubt he went away for the above purpose. He has been here now for sixteen years and some of the people think it is time for a change, though I believe it will be a long time before they get as good a preacher as he is again. He has quite an accent in his English to which many who speak it no better object, but his sermons are always good and applied in such a way that there is no mistaking his meaning. I will be very sorry to see him leave, but he is too old to fight it out with those who are opposing him and will go as soon as he receives a call.

We have been having quite cold weather for the last few days. Last night it was 12° below zero and although it has moderated a bit it is probably around zero now. Carolus flooded our front yard and made a fine rink out of it and for the past few days we have had plenty of skating as soon as we stepped out of the front door. The boys and I went out about an hour last night and Marion and the boys were out on it to-day. I didn’t go out as I had my sermon to get up. The Seminary rink isn’t in commission yet as they only flooded it yesterday and it is so large as to require several floodings before it is fit. When it is done it will be the largest rink in town. We had good skating down at the lake in the park till the snow came the other day and spoiled it. I am enclosing several snap shots that Carolus took last week. He wishes to apologize for them as his [?] paper was old and the pictures did not print very well; but they will serve to show you the kind of sports the children

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have up here in the winter time. For in-door sport chess serves very well. Herman is the champion player of the house. I think Arthur and Robert come next and I bring up the booby prize. Robert is a “cracker-jack” for his age and size. Yesterday and to-day I played 11 games with him and only got one. He is an enthusiastic player and quite proud to be able to beat his father. The children are all better of their colds and are enjoying the snow and ice and the winter weather. Coal is very scarce, but they sake coke can be had. I still have about a half ton of each and am not worrying over the future. If we can get coke when we need it I will be quite satisfied. Little Ruth is a remarkably plain talker and can form sentences as well as any of the other children. She frequently plays that she is telephoning. She goes to the telephone, calls out ‘Hello’, talks quite a strip and then says ‘goodbye’. She enters in all the games of the children, plays hide and seek and even takes great interest in the chess games, calling out ‘check’ whenever she sees anyone playing. She is small, but dainty and very smart for her age and size. So far as I know now I will be free from preaching next Sunday, but the following Sunday I am to preach at Brantford. We resumed our work in the Seminary and College last Wednesday and will run along now without intermission till Holy Week. We were afraid some of our College boys would not be back after Christmas on account of the unpopularity of Prof. Crawford, but they are all on hand again. I must tell you before I close of the Municipal election. We re-elected our Mayor and the entire council who saved us from Day-Light Saving by immense majorities ranging as high as 600. And to cap the climax Kitchener in a referendum defeated Day-light Savings by 624 majority. So we are over this war-frenzy at last. I hardly ever bother to vote in the town election, but did so this time, as I wanted to encourage our Mayor and Council in their good work. Bonnie had no vote in this election. Well, wishing you all joy and happiness during this New Year, 1923, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 7, 1923

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 7, 1923. 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; skating on the ice rink in his yard; and the municipal election results.