C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 11, 1926
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 11, 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; Dr. Hoffmann's serious illness; and redecorating their home.
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
April 11, 1926
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 11 April 1926, RG-102.13, File 1.28.7, 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
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

{The Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada Waterloo, Ontario Canada}

April 11, 1926

Dear Mother:

As another Sunday has come around again I will try to write you a few lines to-night. I preached at Bridgeport this morning and got home in good time for dinner. I didn’t have as large a turn-out as usual down there, though it was not the fault of the weather, which barring its coolness was ideal. Next Sunday I will be at Galt again, morning and evening. So you see I am keeping pretty busy. The cold weather still continues with us. Cutters and bob-sleds were running yesterday yet, though the snow has pretty well gone from the fields and I imagine even the country roads are getting pretty scratchy. We still have considerable snow around the house and the Seminary, and my garden is still covered from one to two feet deep. I’m afraid I will be late in getting my garden started this year, but it may do all the better when it does get going. There are not only no leaves yet on trees or shrubs; but not even a perceptible swelling of the buds is noticeable. We have had to keep the fires going steadily, both here and at the Seminary. I am on my 16th ton of coal for the year, which is the most I ever burned in one year. The fuel cost eats a big whole in one’s salary. We had our upstairs all papered last week and also the parlour down stairs and the halls. We were in a mess for a few days, but now that it is done it looks very pretty. We expect to have some painting done on the floors yet, but I don’t know when the painter will get around to that, as he seems to be filled up with jobs; but I

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hope he will get it done in time for house-cleaning, so that we won’t be upset more than once more this spring. I think I told you in my last letter of Dr. Hoffmann’s having pneumonia. He was desperately ill right from the start and kept gradually getting worse. Last night they thought he would die through the night, but to-day, the 9th day, he showed a slight improvement in one lung and hopes are reviving that he may yet pull through. All his children together with their families – from Toronto, Phil’a and New York – are around his bedside. His son-in-law, Dr. [?] of Phil’a, said he never knew a man in Dr. Hoffmann’s condition to recover. So, if he should get well, it will be almost a miracle. Dr. Hoffmann is 64 years of age and is very popular, both as a professor and as a man, and has been very prominent in our Canadian Church life for many years. His departure would be a great loss. So we are hoping and praying that he may be spared for years more of usefulness. Enclosed I am sending you a few snaps taken by Carolus. One is of our parlour showing the new paper, one is a snow elephant with Mr. [?] the German sculpture at work on it, and the other is a fall in the snow while snowshoeing, the operator being one of the Christiansen boys. All these pictures were taken on Easter Sunday April 4th. I trust you have had a happy Easter and that you enjoyed the services of the season. To-morrow we resume our work at the Seminary and the children go back to school. With love and best wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 11, 1926

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 11, 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; Dr. Hoffmann's serious illness; and redecorating their home.