C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 28, 1923
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 28, 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; and the annual Seminary skating party.
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. 28, 1923
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
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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, 28 December 1923, RG-102.13, File 1.25.4, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc14
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 28,1923

Dear Mother:

It is almost supper time and I will perhaps not be able to finish my letter before supper, but I can at least make a beginning and if necessary complete the job while Bonnie and the boys are at Church to-night. It has been sort of a dull day as it is snowing outside and I have been passing the time reading, writing and playing chess. I played three games awhile ago and lost all three – one with Herman, one with Arthur and one with Robert. In every case I had the best of it until near the end and then by a false move of which the boys were quick to take advantage I lost the ground gained and the game. We are having lots of snow this winter. It seems that it has snowed almost every day since the winter set in. Carolus has given up as a bad job keeping his rink clear and the Seminary boys are paying well for their skating by hard work in shoveling snow. Last Tuesday night they held their annual skating party. They had an orchestra in attendance and there were about 75 on the ice, mostly in pairs. I was skating but had no partner except that a couple times I skated with Prof. Willison. Bonnie says next winter she is going to start again after a rest of about 16 years. Then I will have a partner. After the skating a lunch was served consisting of coffee, sandwiches and hotdog and cake, also speeches by various members of the Faculty. I spoke on the Personnel of our Faculty and made quite a hit. Some said I made the speech of the evening. Bonnie was present for the eats and Carolus took in both. On Thursday night we had Pastor and Mrs. Bockelmann in for tea. They were in good spirits and Pastor Bockelmann

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expressed himself as well pleased with the outcome of the Congregational meeting held the preceding Sunday. I think he is inclined to stay on the job now and to hold it down if possible till he can retire on pension, which will be about five years yet. He preached an excellent sermon this morning on the Epistle for the day. He is a most excellent homiletician.

I am almost out of coal again and will have to go down to-morrow and get another permit from the Fuel Controller and see what I can do. It is a hand-to-mouth existence this winter as far as coal is concerned. Happily the weather hasn’t been extreme. Otherwise I don’t know how I would have made out so far. If we can finish out this month and get through February O.K. the outlook will be more hopeful. On Friday night Prof. Willison entertained the Faculty and their wives at a progressive crokinole party. Mrs. Maurer was there and won the booby prize. Dr. Maurer was away on a visit to Morrisburg and the East in his official capacity as President of Synod. Mrs. Zinck and Bonnie tied for the prize and on a guess Mrs. Zinck won. The prize was a box of chocolates. However as Mrs. Zinck passed it around to the crowd there was nothing left to take home and Bonnie’s loss was not great.

The other day Eileen asked her mother “What is your last name?” And when she said ‘Little’ Eileen said “Why, isn’t that funny? That’s my last name too. After Christmas one of the teachers in the Public School was asking the children about Santa Claus, whether they had seen him etc? One of the little boys held up his hand and said, “Yes I saw him. I peeped through a crack in the door and I saw him put the presents all around. And after he was done he undressed and got in bed with mother, the dirty thing!” The teacher didn’t pursue the subject any further.

Prof. Henkel has been sick the past week and was unable to attend to his work. He had stomach trouble and had the Dr. around almost every day. He is able to be around again but is very weak and his trouble may be serious. Bonnie has her ups and downs. Some days she feels very well and other days quite miserable. But she keeps on with her work without intermission. Well, I guess I will close here. With love to all and all good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 28, 1923

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 28, 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; and the annual Seminary skating party.