C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 2, 1927
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 2, 1927. 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 German measles; prohibition; and the administration of the Seminary, Waterloo College, and Waterloo College School.
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
April 2, 1927
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, 2 April 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.9, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc20
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

{Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

Waterloo College

Waterloo College School

The Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada

Waterloo, College}

April 2, 1927.

Dear Mother:

As I am preaching at Bridgeport to-morrow morning and at Guelph to-morrow evening, I am, in order to make sure of your getting your regular letter, going to write you a few lines to-night. My time is somewhat limited and news is scarce, so my letter this time will probably be brief. We have had fairly cold weather steadily since I wrote you last week; and it looks at present as is gardening were still a long way off. But I guess it is better to have the cold weather now than later on in the season. I received my cheque to-day and after I had paid my monthly bills I had almost $3 left over. Hence I am taking all the preaching appointments I can get in order to get money enough together to pay for the daily supply of milk and other incidental cash expenses. Happily I am filled up for April with the exception of Easter Sunday. I will not even be at home to see Marion confirmed on Palm Sunday; but it can’t be helped, as I must be on the look-out to make the living for the family. However, I am in good hope that things will be a little better after the Board meeting the last of this month, when, I am led to believe, there will be a readjustment of my salary. We had a meeting of our joint Faculties with representatives of the Board this week, in which, we threshed out matters pretty generally and received

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assurances from the Committee that they would support our propositions before the Board. The instruction has been running along so harmoniously under the present arrangement that we unanimously recommended its continuance. If this is accepted by the Board we will have no President, but Prof. Neudoerffer continue to be Chairman of the combined Faculties and Housefather of the Institution; and we have asked that another Professor be called to the Seminary and still another be added to the College School staff. Prof. Neudoerffer has shown wonderful administrative capacity and, unlike his predecessor, takes all the members of the various faculties into consultation before taking any action. He also has introduced regular meetings of the different faculties and of joint faculties to talk matters over, and has coordinated the work as it has never been done before. He also worked out a budget system for the Board for the whole institution and a plan for the future development in place of the 'hit and miss' system, or rather want of system on which the Board has hitherto acted. The members of the Board present expressed themselves as delighted with the smooth and harmonious running of the institution under his administration. I think they thought after Dr. Zinck’s departure the institution would 'go to pot', and were surprized to find it going on better than ever before. The spirit that prevails among the members of both faculty and student body is quite different from what is was under Dr. Zinck’s administration, and the work is again as pleasant as it was under the late Dr. Hoffmann. And he is even a better organizer and disciplinarian than Dr. Hoffmann was. Whatever Prof. Neudoerffer does he does in a tactful sort of way and without infringing upon any body else’s authority or prerogatives. Examinations in the College School begin next week. I will

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hold one of my examination in the School before Easter and the other immediately after. Then my work in the College School will be over for the year, and I don’t think I will take on any next year, as I got no credit for this from the Board, though my work there is worth $175 a year. I am expecting an increase in my salary as Bursar to bring up my salary to what it was before the Board reduced it. I should by rights have more, but hardly think the Board will do it under the present financial stress. I bottled my brew the other day and had 124 bottles all told. It is nice and clear and gives promise of being the best yet. Our Provincial Parliament has enacted the Government Control law and will open up its shops on or about May 1, after which time we are looking for a great influx of Americans. Tell Clarence, however, that if he should arrive here before May 1, I will try to have a little beer on hand to revive his drooping spirits. I don’t remember whether I told you in my last letter about getting a fine silk Doctor’s robe, or not. It is very beautiful and in it I need not be ashamed to take my place among the Senators in the procession at Convocation at the University at London in May. Robert is still in quarantine – though he has and never had any more measles than the rest of us. He will get out, however, on Tuesday. I only regret that he has to miss so much school. I am still taking my morning baths. It has run my water bill up considerably. For the last quarter I used nearly six dollars worth of water; but it has kept me in good shape, and I think it was well worth it. But I must close. With love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 2, 1927

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 2, 1927. 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 German measles; prohibition; and the administration of the Seminary, Waterloo College, and Waterloo College School.