C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 12, 1927
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 12, 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
Aug. 12, 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, 12 August 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.22, 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

{Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada

Rev. J. Reble, President

104 Hughson St. Hamilton, Ont.

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

49 Irvine St. Kitchener

Rev. H. Schorten, German Secretary

170 Albert Street, Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. C. H. Little, D. D., English Secretary

Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. E. Holm, Treasurer

Conestogo, Ont.} Aug. 12, 1927.

Dear Mother:

As I am going down to Port Colborne to-morrow and am to preach at Preston on my way back Sunday evening, the probabilities are that it will be late when I get back home and that I will be rather tired for writing. However I thought I would take time by the forelock and write you a few lines to-night. Carolus and Herman are away at present making a little visit among friends at Morrisburg and Riverside. They left last Saturday morning on the train. We have heard from both of them since they are away and apparently they are having a very good time. I am enclosing Carolus’ letter in which he graphically describes their arrival. I think you will enjoy it and it will also save me from writing at length, which is a factor, considering that there is not much news for me to record. We are having a very fine summer – so cool and refreshing that we have so far had practically no flies to contend with. The Record said editorially to-night “The Chilly Weather has resulted in such a shortage of flies that people are at their wits' end to know what’s swat.” The garden stuff is somewhat backward. We have had no corn as yet, but will have lots of it in a week or two. But we have had plenty of sugar pease and beets and some beans out of the garden. It has been a good year for berries and small fruits. Bon-

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nie is away ahead of last year in canning. So far she has put up 85 jars of all kinds. We are expecting some news from the Hirtles, our next door neighbours any time now, but it is not ready for publication as yet. Perhaps I told you before but it will bear repetition: I said to Bonnie, Mrs. Hirtle is a very religious woman and when she asked why, I said, Because she is like St. Elizabeth - she has hid herself for five months. We haven’t so much as caught a glimpse of her since she appeared out at the Alumni banquet last May. Prof. Hirtle is home now. We see him once in awhile out in his car; but aside from this, he also is a hermit. I finished my paper for the Eastern Conference this week. Aside from this I haven’t done very much except prepare my sermons for Sunday. I take the children down to the park for a swim every day, and am myself becoming quite expert in the art. I swam around three quarters of the dam to-day at a single stretch. It took me about 40 minutes. Marion is developing into a pretty good swimmer. She can swim half way across the dam and back without stopping. She is in pretty good shape this summer and is looking well and weighs 106 lbs. with her light summer clothes on. Arthur can swim like a fish and beats me in speed and Robert is good at it too. Eileen is learning and can swim a little. Ruth and Catharine do nothing but wade. Florence doesn’t go in at all yet. Her mother thinks she is too small for such sport. But she is such a wonderful smart girl that I think she would pick up swimming easily. But I must close or you will begin to think that I have water on the brain. With love and best wishes to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 12, 1927

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 12, 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.