C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 14, 1923
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 14, 1923. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario.
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.14, 1923
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
Carroll Herman Little letter, 14 January 1923, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Wilfrid Laurier University
Reproduction Notes
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 14, 1923.

Dear Mother:

Your most welcome and highly interesting letter was received a few days ago and was read with great pleasure. I shall endeavor to give you a few words in reply to-night. I am enclosing a number of snaps Carolus took recently. He is not quite used to his developing tanks yet and they are perhaps not as good as they might be, but I hope they will prove sufficiently interesting. He wishes me to state particularly that the one of Ruth and myself was taken indoors. We have been having quite a snowy time since I wrote you last. It has snowed nearly every day this year. Yesterday we had about 15 inches of snow on a level and it snowed about 6 inches more last night and this morning, so that now we have fully 2 ft. of snow. We had some fairly cold weather also. Night before last it was 9 degrees below zero. The boys and I were out skating on the Seminary rink for about an hour that night and didn’t mind the cold. It is hard this winter to get any skating. As soon as the rink is cleaned off it snows again and spoils it. To-day it turned considerably warmer and to-night there is a mist for a change. After dinner to-day I had a telephone message from Pastor Bockelmann asking me to come down to the Church and attend the annual congregational meeting and saying that there was likely to be something doing. He anticipated, I think, that a certain antagonistic section of the congregation would ask for his resignation. But nothing developed out of the ordinary and I was rather sorry that I wasted my time going down. I was there about 3 hours and during that time there was nothing but the reading of reports, election of officers, appointment of committees, etc. It was evident, however, that the great majority of the congregation

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was with the pastor and that if there had been any show-down he would have won out. I rather think Pastor Bockelmann will remain unless the opposition shows more vitality than at present and I think the congregation would make a mistake in letting him go. I wrote Mabel immediately after receiving the five dollars she sent me at Christmas. As she had her address on the outside of the mailing tube I sent my letter to her at Gastonia. I did not know when or how long she would be at home. I suppose she has had the letter long before this. If not, tell her I received it and appreciated it very much and thank her of it a thousand times.

I was rather surprised to hear of Mrs. Murray’s removal to Thiel College, Greenville, Pa., but was glad to hear that she had gotten so suitable a position. I intended to send her a card of greeting at Christmas but had mislaid her address and only came across it to-night while looking up your letter. It will be fine for her to have the opportunity of educating her daughters at Pastor Murray’s alma mater.

As to the Lincolnton Parish matters, I don’t see that I can say anything different from what I told them down at Leopold’s and Clarence’s last summer when they put the suppositious case before me. It would be nice for us to be near the home folks so that we could all get together every once in a while. But there are other things to be considered. Here I have a very congenial position and practically the assurance of a life-job. In a congregation it is next to impossible to please all and then the trend of congregations toward the younger men is to be taken into account. After a few years the tendency to want a change becomes strong. Besides I doubt if I would be justified from the amount of good I can accomplish to leave the Seminary for a parish. I hope therefore that my name will not be considered. I saw Pastor Kegley at Buffalo, but did not talk to him very much, as he had his cronies and I had mine. I presume from you letter that you do not look for him to leave the Holy Trinity parish soon. I was surprised to learn that Dr. Lahr was going to South Carolina. I thought he was a fixture for life in the Daniel’s Parish after going back there the second time. I was glad to hear that Florence

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is recovering from the Flu. I didn’t know that she had been sick, which perhaps is my own fault, however , as I owe her a letter since back in November, I believe. I also owe Hermine a letter. It seems that I am a rather poor correspondent except to you to whom I write systematically. But there are others, also, I suppose. We sent both Bikle and Hermine a photo of Eileen, but haven’t heard from either one of them so much as to know whether they got it or not. Eileen came home from Sunday School rejoicing to-day because she received a pin for her first year attendance. Yesterday she asked me if to-morrow was Sunday/ When I said ‘yes’ she said “Hooray! Then I can go to Sunday School”. Arthur, Herman and Carolus also received pins, 2nd or 3rd year series. This morning Bonnie asked Arthur to go for the milk. As it was not his turn he wasn’t inclined to go and replied “I am not responsible for the milk this morning”. He likes to use big words. To-night Robert beat him at chess. He can’t stand to be beaten and nearly always cries over it. Both he and Robert usually beat me though I get a game or so every now and then. I bought five gallons more of cider last week and should have enough to last me through the winter now. I still have on hand five or six bottles of most excellent beer and my wine is still in the making. I have just about enough cool on hand for three or four days. I was down at the dealers yesterday and he had none on hand but said he had 3 or 4 carloads on the way that had crossed the line into Canada and expected their arrival by tomorrow. I hope they will reach here and that I will be able to get a supply before I run entirely out. Well, I must close. With love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 14, 1923

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 14, 1923. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario.