C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 8, 1925
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 8, 1925. In this letter, the family is still quarantined for chicken pox, and there is a case of small pox at Waterloo College.
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
March 8, 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, 8 March 1925, RG-102.13, File 1.27.7, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
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.,} March 8, 1925

Dear Mother:

As I am somewhat at leisure this afternoon, having finished my Bible reading and with nothing else especial to do, I have concluded to write your letter without waiting for the night to come on. This will give me opportunity for some games after supper. I was down at Bridgeport this morning where I preached. I had a good congregation out for that small Church – about 50 I suppose – and found it easy and rather enjoyable preaching. It is not very hard on me to preach once a Sunday, as I can readily get up one sermon on Saturday, but then it comes to more than that it is rather trying. The only draw-back to preaching at Bridgeport is that it is not very remunerative. They pay only $5; but as it costs only 12₵ return trip by street car, it is still worth while and helps me to get through the month till the next pay-day. With the preaching that I have had lately I will be able to get through this month better than usual. Carolus is up and around now and his pox are slowly disappearing. None of the other children have taken the disease as yet or shown any signs of it, so that I am hopeful that there will be no further outbreak and that within the next ten days we will again be out of quarantine and the children will be able to get back to school. This is the

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worst feature of the whole situation, that they lose so much of school. Herman has had to stay at home too, which is putting him back in his college school work. But he is doing some studying at home and I hope he will still be able to make his examinations, which I think he will do if no other cases develop. I am satisfied that what Carolus had was chicken pox, though the father of the Kitchener boy was sent last week to the Isolation Hospital with what the authorities over there pronounced small pox. I rather think that they were mistaken in their diagnosis. We have been having real spring-like weather for the last few days and the snow has been disappearing rapidly, leaving much mud and slush on the streets. Last night we had a fairly heavy thunder storm with vivid flashes of lightning – rather remarkable for so early in the season and rather indicative of colder weather to follow. It is likely we will have some snow yet and now and then a cold snap; but the back of the winter is broken and we can look hopefully from now on toward spring and warmer weather. From Cecile’s letter to Marion we infer that Herbert has secured the services of Mrs. Murray as housekeeper. This, I think, is as nearly an ideal condition as he could secure providing Mrs. Murray is strong enough for the ordeal. She will be good company for you and quite companionable and will be a fine influence for Herbert’s children. Remember me kindly to her. Things are moving along nicely at the Seminary. I had one examination last week and am having another this week. I will then have finished up two of my subjects, which will make my work a little lighter and give me more time for the study of Philosophy, in

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which I am interested at present. Bonnie had a nice velvet dress made just before we went into quarantine, but has had no opportunity to wear it and is afraid that by the time the quarantine is lifted it will be too warm to wear it. However, it will save till next winter if the style doesn’t change to fundamentally. Bonnie is getting to be quite expert as a dress-maker herself and made a beautiful dress for Marion recently. Just now with all the mud outside she is having the job of her life to keep the house clean. She gives lessons to the children in music – Carolus and Marion on the piano and Herman and Arthur on the violin. Herman can play “God Save the King” already. My cider barrel, I am sorry to say has gone dry and I have only two bottles of beer left. I think I will save these for my birth-day celebration. I still have about four gallons of extra-fine Elderberry blossom wine. We will soon be not quite as dry here in Ontario as the legislation legalizing 4.4% beer has passed the parliament. This will give us a palatable drink which will quench thirsty throats to some extent. Bonnie says she is going to get me a good pipe for my birth day, so that, all things considered, I have no cause to complain. Well, I must close here. 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, March 8, 1925

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 8, 1925. In this letter, the family is still quarantined for chicken pox, and there is a case of small pox at Waterloo College.