C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 21, 1925
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 21, 1925. Little describes his life as pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada. Little discuss Waterloo College's affiliation with the University of Western Ontario, the weather, and the family'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 2013.
Date of Original
February 21, 1925
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, 21 February 1925, RG-102.13, File 1.27.5, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc18
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.,} Feb’y 21, 1925

Dear Mother:

As I am going down to Brantford to preach early to-morrow morning and will not get back till late to-morrow night, I have concluded to write you a short letter this evening. After a week of rather steady winter weather and a new fall of snow we had a rainy day to-day, which has taken most of the snow away and which may indicate a break in the winter, though the prognostications call for colder weather to-morrow. I am enclosing in this letter a clipping from the Daily Record, Kitchener, which will show you that our affiliation project with the University of Western Ontario went through without a hitch. In consequence of this we are now a full-fledged College and can give all students completing our course all the degrees given in Canadian Universities, together with the honorary degrees that are usually conferred. This is a great step in advance and should result in a large increase of arts students in our institution from next year on. Dr. Potter is the one to whom the credit for this step is most largely due. He is a small man but alert, active and ambitious, and whatever he goes after he generally gets. We appointed him and Prof. Zinck as our representative on the University senate. We all feel highly elated that we are now in position to offer to our students all the advantages of higher education that can be attained anywhere.

(Page 2)

There seems to be an epidemic just now around here of grippe, or a mild form of flu. Quite a number of the boys were down with it a day or two last week, Carolus and Herman took it yesterday and were lying around all day to-day and Arthur also had a touch of it, but didn’t give up and kept his paper route going. It affects the stomach and makes them feel logy all over, but is I think, nothing serious. Carolus went down to work this morning but soon came back and had been in bed all day, but is feeling better to-night. Marion seems to have a slight attack of it too, but not sufficiently to keep her off her feet. I had the boys to take physic and Carolus is considerably better and I think Herman is beginning to improve. The other children are all able to sit up and eat. I think they will be all over it in a few days. I have been rather busy to-day getting up my sermons for to-morrow. Teaching all week I have little time left for sermonising and have to concentrate it on Saturday. However, I always like to do some preaching, partly to keep in practice and largely to supplement my salary and make it reach out the month. I will clear $10 to-morrow. We observed the Day of Prayer for Colleges and Seminaries Thursday. Dr. Sperling gave us a very fine address, which the students seemed to appreciate very highly. Prof. Zinck and wife gave a Tea to the Faculty and their wives on Tuesday evening of last week. Unfortunately Bonnie was unable to be present on account of a heavy cold which she had at the time. Since then, however, she has fully recovered. Arthur bought his wheel this week and is paying for it on the installment plan. He expects to have it paid for in about eight weeks. Well, I guess I will have to stop here. With love to all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 21, 1925

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on February 21, 1925. Little describes his life as pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada. Little discuss Waterloo College's affiliation with the University of Western Ontario, the weather, and the family's health.