C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 24, 1927
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 24, 1927. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario.
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 24, 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, 24 April 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.12, 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, Ontario}

April 24, 1927

Dear Mother:

I have just got back home from preaching in Toronto. I left this morning at 5:50 and got back about 6:30 to-night in time for Bonnie to go to Church, where she and the older children still are. I am baby-nurse to-night, and little Florence is so glad to see her father back home after being away all day that she wants me to hold her all of the time, which makes it rather difficult for me to get down to regular letter-writing. I got up at 4 o’clock this morning in order to get my bath, shave, eat breakfast and fix the fires for the day before leaving on the radial. It was a cold and frosty morning, but bright and bracing as I walked to the carline this morning. But it clouded up through the day and the sun shone only intermittently, and at times we had some fierce snowsqualls making the ground white in a jiffy. We have had it cold for the last three or four days, and although I had my garden plowed on Saturday during a snow flurry, it will probably be some days before I get around to serious planting. I had a small turn-out in Toronto to-day, the congregation having probably exhausted itself by turning out in force on Palm Sunday and Easter. But I had $11 clear when I returned home to-night, which will help me tide over till pay-day around the first of May. Next

(Page 2)

Sunday I am to be at Bridgeport again and am to hold communion there on that day. I think I will take Carolus along to play “The Literature” for me, as the organist regularly calls it. This week we will begin regular work again in the Seminary. We had only the Juniors this last week, which made our work rather light; but now we will have to get down to it in good earnest for a short while again. However, I am expecting to attend a meeting of the Senate of the University of Western Ontario at London on Friday, and I have also finished my work in the College School for the year except for one examination to be held this week. Arthur stood second in his form and was only 2/10 of a point behind the first. He would have gone way ahead if he had not fallen so low on art. He is no drawer and comes by that naturally both on his paternal and maternal sides. The Board of Governors is to meet on the 28th of this month, and I am in hopes that they will give me some relief in a financial way by rewarding me for the extra work I am doing in taking up Dr. Zinck’s work. I should also have more remuneration as Bursar for the institution. Fortunately I have had a lot of preaching to do and have made more that $100 since the first of Jan’y. But I must close at this point. With love to you all and best wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 24, 1927

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on April 24, 1927. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario.