C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 17, 1927
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 17, 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; and Easter celebrations.
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.

Carroll Herman 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, 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 17, 1927
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, 17 April 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.11, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
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, Ontario}

April 17, 1927

Dear Mother:

I am late in getting my letter started to-night and so will probably have to make it short and snappy. Bonnie and Marion and the boys were at Church to-night and I had to play baby-nurse, and the little minx was bound that I should hold her all of the time. Then Dr. Willison came over and spent the evening till 10 o’clock, so that my time was fully occupied. However it is better late than never. So here goes it. I received your letter of the 8th and enjoyed it. I knew you would feel quite cut up over Dr. Gerberdings distressing death. It also must have been quite a shock to Pearl, whose nerves are none too good. I was glad to get the Lenoir-Rhynean containing an account of Dr. Gerberding’s death, as we received no particulars about it up here. As to the Lenoir-Rhynean I do not think it compares very favourably with the Cord, and was surprized at the kind of verse they print. However, poets are born, not made; and one perhaps should not be too critical. We had the finest Easter-day to-day that I have ever seen in Canada. It was bright and sunshiny and warm all day. I preached down in First English this morning and gave them a festival sermon at my best, which the large congregation seemed to appreciate. I also

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assisted Dr. Maurer at the communion. About 150 communed to-day and about 115 on Good Friday evening, the combined communions establishing quite a record for that congregation. I wore my new robe on both occasions and felt quite fully dressed. Carolus says he is going to take my picture in my picture in my robe sometime for your benefit. If the weather continues nice and warm like it was to-day I will have to get into my garden this week. It will be a good time to get in under way too as our vacation in the Seminary extends till Thursday noon and I have only one class in the College in the meantime. Next Sunday I am to preach in Toronto again. In the College School they had examinations in the First and Second Forms before Easter and Arthur, the smallest boy in the school stood second in his class. He made 95 in German, coming within one point of being the highest mark, which was taken by a born German of about 20 years of age. The other morning at breakfast Eileen said that when she grew up she was going to marry two fellows. Arthur said, “Then you would be a bigamist.” Eileen said she didn’t care and Arthur, quick as a flash said, “Then you might as well marry three and be a trigamist.” He is great on repartee and in using big words. A few mornings back Catharine was coughing pretty hard and I said, “My what a cold you’ve got!” She looked up to me and said, “I think if I had a drink I would be all right.” She is very fond of beer and regards it as a good remedy for almost any aliment. My last batch of beer turned out very fine, and though I do say it myself, I do not need to call the breweries my uncle. I was sorry to hear that the frost

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our frosts had extended so far south and had played such havoc with your fruit prospects. We had it very cold at the same time, but it did no damage as nothing was far enough advanced here to be hurt. We had it fairly cold right along; in fact to-day was the first day on which we had no furnace fire. I have enough coal in the cellar for two weeks yet, and I hope I will not have to buy any more. We had five dozen coloured eggs for the children for Easter this morning, and I don’t think there are five eggs left to-night. They – at least the smaller ones – were up about 5 or 6 o’clock this morning hunting for their eggs, and seemed to enjoy it quite as much as at Christmas. Marion took her first communion to-night. Little Florence sits alone now and is practicing on the consonant sounds now, saying “Dă, dă” and the like. She is such a sweet little thing that every body loves her and the whole family is devoted to her. The only thing she is slow about is cutting her teeth. Some of them look as though they might come through any time now; but they have not as yet appeared. Well, I must say good night and bring my letter to a close. With much love and all kinds of good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 17, 1927

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 17, 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; and Easter celebrations.