C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 7, 1928
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 7, 1928. 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; Carolus' decision to become an accountant; and the weather.
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 July 2013.
Date of Original
Jan. 7, 1928
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
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Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 7 January 1928, RG-102.13, File 1.30.1, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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RG-102.13 Disc21
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

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{Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada

Rev. J. Reble, President

104 Hughson St. Hamilton, Ont.

Rev. J. Maurer, D. D., Vice-President

49 Irvin St. Kitchener, Ont.

Rev. H. Schorten, German Secretary

70 Albert Street, Waterloo Ont.

Rev. A. A. Zinck, D. D. English Secretary

Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. E. Holm, Treasurer

Conostogo, Ont.}

Waterloo, Ont.,

Jan’y 7,1928.

Dear Mother:

Your most welcome and interesting letter was received a day or two ago. As I am going to Hamilton to-morrow and will not get back until late Sunday night, I will write you a few lines this afternoon and probably get my letter off in the mail collection this p.m. I was surprised at the cold wave that you had so far south. It was almost as cold down there as we have had it, only you did not have so much snow. Just now we are having another soft spell. The snow is melting and it is quite sloppy under foot. I never find fault with the weather; but if I had my preference I would rather take it cold. I was quite shocked to learn of the death of Dr. Chas. L. Coon. I don’t remember exactly when I last wrote him; but it seems to me that it was further back than just before Christmas. My recollection is that I wrote him with reference to Educational matters and gave him an account of our splendidly coordinated system in Ontario. I am sorry that the letter came too late and never reached him. I regarded him as still comparatively young and of excellent physical vigor and was not prepared to hear of his death. I think he could not have been more than five years older than I am; and Bonnie says of me, “The older you get the younger you act.” I

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am booked up for preaching for the next two Sundays. It gives me lots of work to do; but it is the only way I can make a living and keep the family going. In 1927 I cleared, over and above all expenses, by preaching $442.50, which you can imagine was quite a help. If I should get sent out as much this year I should do still better, as I now have a Clergy permit over Canadian roads, thanks to President Reble’s intervention. Carolus has given up his work at the Globe Furniture and is entering a Chartered Accountants' Firm in Kitchener. The opening is a good one from a financial point of view, and he was eager to go into it. He will take the course, which runs over a period of five years. In the meantime he is earning his own way and a little besides. They start him off with $40 a month and his street car fare and increase the salary $10 a month each year. When he has finished the course and taken the degree he is assured of a salary of $4000 a year or more. I would rather have seen him go back to school and take his B.A., and study for the ministry; but I told him I couldn’t help him very much in that line and that if he wanted to take this other work I would put nothing in his way. I am sorry, because I think he would have made a good minister; but in view of the family that is coming on behind him and the constant struggle to make ends meet, I didn’t feel justified in with holding my consent. I think he will make good in anything that he undertakes. He did not seek this job, but it was offered to him and came as a great surprise. He worked at the Globe until last evening and made a good record there. In

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view of the position that was offered him they did not blame him for leaving, though they would have been very glad to keep him. Herman and Arthur are both doing fine work in the College and College School. Herman thinks now he will go through for a professor; though I hope he will change his mind for the ministry. If he doesn’t I will have to bank on Arthur, who is the brightest of all the boys and is considerable of a Theologian now. Robert thinks he will be a farmer, but I think he will change his mind about that. He gets along well in his studies and never makes any time about them. I think we will start Catharine to Kindergarten after Easter, as she is very anxious to go. She can express herself the best of any child I ever saw for her age. She also has the prettiest eyes in the family and is generally regarded as a beauty. Florence is a sweet little thing and very affectionate. She has taken a special shine toward the picture of her grandmother and wants to kiss it every time she comes near it. Mrs. Moser is a little better and can eat a little now; but they are still keeping a nurse for her and a maid. We will begin our mid-term examinations in College and Seminary the week of the 18th. Our town election passed off very quietly last Monday, I lost only one vote in some 10 or 12. But I must close before I run into politics. With love and all good wishes for the New Year; I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 7, 1928

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 7, 1928. 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; Carolus' decision to become an accountant; and the weather.