C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 30, 1924
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 30, 1924. Little discussed 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; the weather; gardening; and Marion's health.
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. 30, 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, 30 August 1924, RG-102.13, File 1.26.20, 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. 30, 1924.

Dear Mother:

I am on the point of starting to Toronto this afternoon and will endeavor to give you a few lines before I go. We have been having warmer weather since I wrote you last week. It has in fact been real summery, though the nights have been cool and pleasant. Last Sunday it was real hot in Hamilton and I almost sweated my clothes off, though they said it wasn’t so hot here. I imagine you are having some scorching weather down your way by this time. We have been having plenty of corn out of our garden since the first of this week. As all of the children like it we have from 45 to 50 ears at a meal. The baby eats the corn as clean off the cob as any of the rest and generally makes way with three ears. She is developing also in other ways. She doesn’t walk alone yet, but walks around the walls, pushes chairs, catches hold of my trousers and walks along after me and pulls herself up by everything she can lay her hands on. She understands everything you say to her and calls several of the children by name. She is a great father girl and always helps me to put the children to bed. She is also very fond of beer and has to have her drink every day. I have been selling

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a little corn this week and have given away messes to all the neighbours. I could sell a great deal more if I had it, as my corn is always in great demand. But as my patch is not as large as usual I didn’t want to rob ourselves and so only promised to let one or two families have corn. Wednesday night our Horticultural Society held its fair. I had corn, beans, carrots, onions and English marrows on exhibition. I took 2nd prize on English marrows, which amounted to the munificent sum of 25₵. I always manage to rake in that much every year. The floral display was magnificent at the show. I think I will try my hand along that line next year. Our professors are rolling in from their vacations. Prof. S.W. Hirtle arrived from N.S. Thursday night and Dr. Willison and family from Muskoka yesterday.

I had Marion down to Dr. Henderson – eye, ear and nose specialist in Kitchener – last week. She has one eye that is defective in vision, but he said that it would not bother her to any extent and that there was no need of glasses. So she has dispensed with her spectacles. As to her nose, he made two examinations and said he would have to have an x-ray of the nasal cavity before treating the case. I will have to take her down to Dr. Lockner in Kitchener for this before long. I am somewhat dreading the expense of this, but hope it will not be as heavy as I anticipate. The public schools open up on Tuesday and vacation time will be over for another year. Well, I will have to close for this time. With love and all good wishes,

I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 30, 1924

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 30, 1924. Little discussed 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; the weather; gardening; and Marion's health.