C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 9, 1924
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 9, 1924. 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
Aug. 9, 1924
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, 9 March 1924, RG-102.13, File 1.26.18, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG_102.13 Disc16
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, Ont.} Aug. 9, 1924.

Dear Mother:

As I am leaving for Toronto this evening I thought I would drop you a line or two before starting as I will have little opportunity for writing while in Toronto. I will not get back till sometime Monday. Enclosed I am sending you a recent picture taken by Carolus of Bonnie and the two smallest children, Ruth and Catharine. You will note the striking contrast in their appearance. Ruth is pretty but her face is somewhat drawn up in the picture on account of the sunlight. The picture is taken on Jefferson St. just below our house and shows Berdeaux’s in the distance. It is a real good picture, I think. The Hirtles moved their goods into their house last week and left Monday for Nova Scotia where they will spend the rest of their vacation. Rev. Harry Wahl and Rev. Ephraim Huenergard, both graduates of our institution a few years ago are spending their vacations together with their families in Waterloo and vicinity. I saw Pastor Huenergard yesterday. He hails from Detroit. I haven’t seen Pastor Wahl yet. He has a parish in New York State. Last Wednesday or Thursday Eileen received a string of red beads from Pearl in Porto Rico. They were made apparently of berries that grow there, Eileen says she is lucky and is quite proud of her bright beads. We have had some rather warm weather since I wrote you last,

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the thermometer on a couple days going up around 90, but the last two or three days have been nice and cool. We have occasional showers, but they generally come at night and do not bother us. We have had beans and other things out of the garden, but corn hasn’t developed sufficiently yet for eating. Bonnie has put up some sixty jars of fruit of all kinds. The little children are all over the whooping cough and Ruth is rejoicing over the prospect of going to Sunday School again to-morrow. I have finished my course of study on the Ante Nicene Fathers – read about all the books but the 8th volume which was not required. I feel that I know considerable now about the theology of the early Fathers. Well, if you will excuse this short note I will try to get it into the mail and you will get it a little earlier.

With love to all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] C. H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 9, 1924

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 9, 1924. 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.