C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 23, 1926

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on May 23, 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; cleaning the house; family finances; and his garden.
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
May 23, 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, 23 May 1926, RG-102.13, File 1.28.13, 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

{The Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada

Waterloo, Ontario}

May 23rd 1926.

Dear Mother:

As Sunday has come around again I will write you a few lines to-night. Bonnie and the older children down to Robert have gone to Church. As it is not yet dark the other children are out in the yard playing. So I have the whole house to myself and all circumstances favourable for writing except, perhaps, sluggishness of thought. We have had a fine Whitsunday to-day – bright, sunshiny and clear, but very cold with a strong north wind. I think we would have had a heavy frost this morning if it had not been for the wind. Our spring has been exceptionally cold this year and quite late. I have kept up a fire in the furnace steadily all week and am making a great hole in my 18th ton of coal. None of the stuff planted in the garden a week or so ago has come up yet. We have had several good rains, but no warmth to make things sprout. But in spite of the cold the leaves are putting out on the trees and the dandelions and other wild flowers are in blossom and the grass is green and growing, and everything is taking on a summer-like appearance. I preached and held communion in Bridgeport this morning, and we had a very fine service. As I didn’t get through in time for the 12 o’clock car, I walked home after Church and enjoyed the walk through the open country in the cool fresh air. My confirmation class made me a present of two pictures of the class with myself in it and I intended enclosing one in this letter

(Page 2)

but find it a little too large to enclose in the envelope. It is just as well, perhaps, as the picture makes me look quite “ancient”. I was surprised to day to receive some more remuneration for my catechetical work from the parents of the children. They paid me $21 to-day, which runs the total up to $48 for my winter’s catechetical work. This is quite good, I think, for a class of six, and at any rate shows appreciation. This brings my net earnings – aside from my Seminary salary – to a little over $200 for the year so far. I am in hopes that I will earn enough in this way to pay my coal bill for the year. I could have preached again to-night in Guelph, but after the strenuous week we had last week I did not feel like undertaking any more, and so turned the proposition down. We finished our Seminary work last week and held the graduation exercises in St. John’s Church on Thursday night. Everything passed off nicely, Dr. Bockelmann gave the boys a fine sermon, and the whole service left a very excellent impression upon the large congregation gathered there. The collection taken up amounted to over $50. All three of the graduating class have received calls – two in Ontario and one in Nova Scotia.

I am now on my vacation; but as Synod is close at hand and I have a sermon to preach and various committee reports to get in readiness, I will hardly begin to realize that vacation is here until that convention is over. I hope it will soon become warmer so that I can finish up my planting in the garden before the week is over. Bonnie has been house cleaning all week, but is nearly done now, having only the kitchen and basement to finish. It’s an institution that disrupts the even regularity of the home and one that I have never learned to appreciate. It is doubtless useful and ornamental, but I hate to be around when it is going on. However, there is an end to all things temporal and also to this letter. So good night! With love,

I am Most Sincerely yours,

[signed[ Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 23, 1926

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on May 23, 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; cleaning the house; family finances; and his garden.