C. H. Little to Candace Little, May 22, 1927
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on May 22, 1927. Little discusses upcoming graduation week activities, including the first graduating class of Waterloo College convocation ceremony at the University of Western Ontario. He also discusses his garden, finances, and the children's academic success.
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
May 22, 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, 22 May 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.15, 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}

May 22, 1927

Dear Mother:

As I am at home to-night and have nothing special to do, I will try to write you a few lines once more. This has been the first real summer day we have had this year. It came on us all of a sudden – even yesterday yet I had to have fire in the furnace. But to-day one suffered more comfort in his shirt-sleeves, minus vest and collar and other superfluities than with the regulation amount of clothing that the law and decency require. You know I planted my garden a couple weeks ago, but nothing came up on account of its being so wet and so cold; but when I went out to inspect my garden this afternoon I found the lettuce and the radishes and the sugar peas poking their heads out of the ground, and I think another day or so like this will cause the corn and the cucumbers and the beans beginning to appear. It’s a long winter that knows no end. The leaves on most of the trees are out and about half grown, and in the bush, which we visited this afternoon in Dr. Willison’s car, the wild flowers are blossoming in prodigious profusion. This last week we finished our examinations in the College and Seminary, and are now entering upon the varied functions of Convocation week. The first of these transpired to-day in St. Matthew’s Church, Kitchener, the sermon (baccalaureate) was preached by Dr. Chas. S. Bauslin, Secretary of the Board of Education of

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U.L.C.A., to a congregation filling the large Church. We had processional and recessional in robes and hoods and all the scholastic paraphernalia. It made a fine impression and we will get great write-ups in the papers and much free advertising. To-morrow afternoon Dean Potter will hold an elaborate reception at his home in Kitchener. Tuesday, Victoria Day, will be given over to class picnics. Wednesday will see the graduation exercise in our College Gymnasium; Thursday, meeting and banquet of the Seminary Alumni, and in the evening the Seminary Commencement in St. John’s Church, Waterloo. On Friday we will all motor over to London and attend the University Convocation and witness the conferring of degrees upon our six graduates – the first class from Waterloo College to receive the honour. So taking all in all we will have a very busy, but very pleasant week. The Waterloo College School will run on until the 18th of June; but the rest of us will be on our vacation. The principal of the school informed me the other day that Herman had won and was getting the Lower School Science prize of $10. He doesn’t know anything about it yet, but will no doubt be very agreeably surprized, as he never has any money to spend. At present Herman is away, up in the country spending the weekend with his friend and classmate Walter Mogk. He and Walter rode up on their wheels – a distance of about 35 miles – Friday afternoon. Carolus could get a job in the Globe Furniture Factory, if he would take it now, at about $65 a month; but then he would miss his matriculation examinations, which would not be advisable. However, I hope he will be able to get a job after school closes. If the big boys do not get jobs this summer and make enough at least to buy their clothes, I don’t see how I can keep them in school next year. This

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has been the hardest year, financially speaking, that I have had so far. The Board voted us a bonus of $100 for taking up Prof. Zinck’s work; but has not paid it as yet, owing to the depleted state of the treasury. I don’t know how I would have got along at all if I had not had considerable preaching to do, which has brought me in $125 or so since the first of January. Of our Seminary graduates this year two are going to the States, one to Guelph and the third is unprovided for. This seems a pity as we have at present about 7 vacancies in the Synodical pastorates, three of these being English and the rest bi-lingual. I think you will find the next number of the College Cord, which will come out this week, particularly interesting, although I have made no contribution to it. The season of dandelions is here and I have started my winery and have several gallons on the go. I suppose you have received by this time the pictures I sent you last week. The youngest member of the family, little Florence, gets livelier and smarter every day. I neglected to tell you that she has two teeth, which are now about full grown and a couple uppers that are nearly through. Well, 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, May 22, 1927

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on May 22, 1927. Little discusses upcoming graduation week activities, including the first graduating class of Waterloo College convocation ceremony at the University of Western Ontario. He also discusses his garden, finances, and the children's academic success.