C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 12, 1926
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 12, 1926. 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 2013.
Date of Original
March 12, 1926
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 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, 12 March 1926, RG-102.13, File 1.28.5, 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

{The Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada

Waterloo, Ontario Canada} Mar. 12, 1926

Dear Mother:

As I am going away to-morrow afternoon to preach at Sherwood and Unionville on Sunday and will probably be too tired to write when I get back Sunday night I have concluded to write you a few lines to-night. Our winter weather is still holding on with no signs of a let up. The days are fine and bright, but too cool to have any perceptible effect on the snow and we are still surrounded by snow banks on all sides. The nights are still very cold – one night recently we had it as low as 16° below zero. On Wednesday I walked down to Bridgeport as I have done nearly every week this winter. I have been quite fortunate in that nearly every Wednesday has been fine. I will not finish my class for Easter, but hope to get them ready between that time and Pentecost. Eileen wrote you a little letter to-night which I am enclosing. She wrote it all herself without any help from anyone and without any suggestions as to what she should write. She is also sending you a couple “snaps”, which she thought you would probably like. She is a bright little girl and is getting along exceptionally well in school. The pictures were taken a little too far away, but will give you some idea of how the children look. Little Catharine likes to play out in the snow and is always bothering

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me to dress her up. She will come and say “Please put on my sweater”, and when I have put that on she will say “Please put on my coat”, and so with every other piece till she is fully equipped with sweater, coat, scarf, cap, rubbers and two pairs of mittens. Then she and Ruth go out and coast. She is so good at blarneying that you can’t refuse to do what she wants. Arthur came in to-day in great glee. They had an examination on history on which he made 98 and Marion 71, so that he had a great crow over her. He says he doesn’t study half as hard as she does, but that it is the brains that does the work. He took Carolus down to Kitchener to a show to-night. As Carolus is out of work now since the new baker is in charge Arthur took pity on him and decided to give him a treat. It is only the little boys that have spending money just now, which they make from their paper route. Bonnie received a big bag of pecans – 13 lbs. – from Blanche yesterday and we’ve all been feasting ever since. She sent them by parcel post, the postage on them being $1.13, which I’m afraid was more than Blanche could afford. They came right through without even passing through the Customs’ office. We certainly enjoyed them. Bonnie thinks pecans are about the finest nut in the world and they are about as expensive as any up here. At the current retail price the amount Blanche sent would come to over $10. Bonnie is feeling some better than she did a while back. She broke her glasses some days ago and I had her eyes retested and had her fitted out with glasses of the same style as mine. Our oldest citizen in Waterloo, Mrs. Sobisch passed away yesterday age of 104 years. She was Roman Catholic in religion. I am very busy these days with my preaching, lecturing, catechising and post-graduate work, and don’t have much time for extras. With best wishes and love, I am Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, March 12, 1926

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on March 12, 1926. 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.