C. H. Little to Candace Little, February 21, 1926

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his motheron February 21, 1926. 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; the wedding of Professor Henkel's daughter; and he death of his neighbour, Mrs. Rumball.
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
Feb. 21, 1926
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 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, 21 February 1926, RG-102.13, File 1.28.3, 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

{The Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada

Waterloo, Ontario Canada}

Feb’y 21, 1926

Dear Mother:

Your nice newsy letter was received a day or two ago and was much enjoyed. I will endeavor to answer it this evening as well as I can. I should have been away at Sherwood-Unionville preaching to-day; but we had a big snow toward the end of last week, about 3 ft. falling on a level and the high wind caused it to drift very badly. So yesterday I had a long-distance call from Sherwood advising me that the roads were so badly drifted that it would be practically impossible to get around and calling off the services for to-day. I am booked, however, to go there next Sunday. I didn’t mind giving up the service as I really needed the rest, but it puts me in rather bad condition financially. I can get along fairly well as long as I have preaching to do every Sunday, but when I miss a Sunday I am at once in financial straits. I am puzzled just now as to how I can save enough to get up there next Sunday. However, there are some compensations: we had communion in our Church this morning, which I would have missed if I had been away preaching. We had it very cold last week and even up till last night when the thermometer was considerably below zero. To-day, however, it is milder and looks as though we would have some more snow. Friday, I think it was, I shoveled snow for one solid hour – bareheaded at that – before

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I succeeded in getting our sidewalks open and even then I didn’t do a particularly neat job, but made the walks passable. February is always our snow month up here, and this particular February seems determined to keep up the record.

Herman received your letter with the dollar in it on the morning of his birthday. As I had previously given him a dollar he felt quite rich and went with his mother to the “Movies” that night. He was agreeably surprised and quite grateful for the remembrance and will no doubt write to you before long. Prof. Henkel’s daughter (adopted) was married in the Seminary Chapel on Shrove Tuesday at High Noon. They had a great feed for the guests, keeping them for both dinner and supper. Dr. Hoffmann and his wife and Bonnie and I were invited down for supper. Besides the eats they had smokes and drinks in plenty. We stayed down there so late that I didn’t have a chance to attend the Seminary skating party, which took place that same night. I understand, however, that it came off with the usual éclat. Mrs. Rumball, our next door neighbour on Jefferson St., died last night in St. Mary’s Hospital (Catholic) in Kitchener. She was taken down there just a week ago with some sort of womb trouble and underwent an operation from which she did not recover. I don’t know, but wouldn’t be surprised if she didn’t bring the trouble on herself, as like so many women she was dead set against having children. She had three and leaves a baby just 7 mos. old. The doctors say she died of “flooding”. She will be buried Tuesday afternoon from the Undertakers’ parlours. It leaves Mr. Rumball in a pretty bad way as they are very poor. He has her mother with him but she is an old English lady who is good for nothing as far as work goes and is also beginning to be quite childish. Girtie Woodburn is still there, but she is young and inexperienced. So I don’t know what he

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will do. Bonnie and I went down this afternoon to convey our sympathies. Mr. Rumball seems to take it pretty hard for the rough and ready character that he is. All that I can say is that they have always been good neighbours. But they were not Church people. I don’t think either of them was ever in a Church to a service since they have been in this country. I don’t know whether he will have a minister to bury her or not. If he does it will likely be through the intervention of the Soldiers’ Aid Society. I noticed some of the women of the Society go by heading for down there this afternoon. We were quite surprised over the news you told us about Herbert. I am glad to know that he is getting such a fine girl and hope that he will have a renewed lease of home life and much happiness. If I am permitted a suggestion I would suggest that when she changes her surname she should change her given name also. I confess that I am not much enamored with “Elvira”, and I suppose that with any other name she would be just as sweet. I was glad to hear that Dr. Guberding was recovering so nicely from his operation. It is remarkable in the case of so old a man. I was interested in your account of their happy married life, which is as it should be, but unfortunately is not always the case. Bonnie says it is no wonder they are happy since they had no children; but, of course, I cannot agree with that, and am sure that there are more happy families with than without children. But I must close. 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, February 21, 1926

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his motheron February 21, 1926. 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; the wedding of Professor Henkel's daughter; and he death of his neighbour, Mrs. Rumball.