C. H. Little to Candace Little, October 16, 1927
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Typed and handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on October 16, 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 his trip to Philadelphia to attend a meeting of the Theological Commission of the United Lutheran Church in America.
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
Oct.16, 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, 16 October 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.26, 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.} 177 Albert Street,

Waterloo, Ont.,

October 16th, 1927.

Dear Mother:

I preached at Bridgeport this morning and am to preach at Hespeler again to-night. So I will embrace the intervening time this afternoon to write you a few lines. We are having fairly cool weather now with frosty nights – quite seasonable for October. I walked down to Bridgeport this morning without an overcoat on, and enjoyed the walk, the air being vigorous and bracing. I took this form of exercise in lieu of swimming, which I haven’t done since coming back from Phil’a. I made a swift trip down there and back, leaving here Tuesday noon and returning around three o’clock on Thursday afternoon. I was able to hold all my classes on Friday, so I really missed only two days on account of the trip. One peculiar incident was that I took a sleeper going down and had the same sleeper and the same berth on the return trip of the same train. Even the Buffalo paper that I had bought and left in the berth stuck in by the bed was still there.

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What makes this still more peculiar was that I had not bought a return ticket or asked for any particular berth. I found Phil’a much changed since I was there some 20 years ago. In the centre of the city it had much more the appearance of New York by reason of the many sky-scrapers that have been erected there. When I was in the Seminary the statue of Wm. Penn on the city hall stood out prominently in the sky-line towering above everything round about it. Now it is so low as compared with the sky-scrapers around it that it is invisible unless you are on the street directly facing it, and Penn seems to be shut in a prison from which there is only one exit. We had a fine meeting of the Theological Commission, lasting from 9:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon. All the members were present except two. Dr. Knubel was there as the Chief High Muck-a-Muck of the U.L.C.A. Dr. Voigh was present representing the South. Dr. Gruber, my classmate at Mt. Airy and now President of the Chicago Seminary, was also there, as was, of course, Dr. C. M. Jacobs, President of Mt. Airy. We transacted considerable business, most important of which was action looking toward the amalgamation of certain Seminaries now occupying contiguous territory. I hadn’t seen Dr. Gruber since our graduation together 26 years ago. I also saw Rev. Weaver, who used to be in Nova Scotia, when I was there years ago. He met me at the station when I arrived and I had a couple hours with him

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before our meeting opened. He is Dr. Ohl’s associate in the Inner Mission work in Phil’a and has his office in the Publication Building. His daughter Pauline also works there and I met her. The Weavers were very anxious for me to come out and spend the night with them, but I had to refuse as it would have meant losing another day here at the Seminary. I had a 'phone conversation with Mrs. Hoffman (Dr. Hoffman’s widow) and with the Merchers – all of whom wanted me to come out and spend some time with them, which I regretted that I could not do. The weather in Phil’a was incredibly warm. I don’t think we had anything quite as hot all summer. I had to take my hat off and carry it in my hand for very perspiration and would have doffed my coat if it had been lawful to do so. I had put my light overcoat in my grip, but didn’t take it out till I got back home, although from Buffalo up the weather was much cooler. We are to have another – the final – meeting of the Commission on the 22nd of Feb’y; but as that will also be during school time, it will have to be a flying trip too. You should see our little Florence walk now. She goes every where and gets into all kinds of mischief. If any one tries to catch her she fairly runs. She should be weaned,

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but Bonnie can’t make up her mind to it yet. Pastor Dr. Bockelmann is in town, preached this morning and will preach again in St. John’s to-night. I haven’t seen him as yet, and may not do so, unless he should call around, as my time is very much occupied these days. Mr. Berdox, our next door neighbour, still keeps to his bed, but it improving slowly. I doubt if he will ever be a very well man again. They were so certain he was going to die that some of the women folks sent their dresses to the dyers and had them dyed black. The Rev. Prof. Hirtle declined the call extended to him by Trinity congregation, Hamilton and will stick to the College, at least for this year. Dr. Willison is supplying them in the mean time. I understand they want me to conduct another catechetical class at Bridgeport this year; but I don’t know whether I will undertake it or not. My article on Predestination appeared last week in the Canada Lutheran. I wrote the Business Manager for a few extra copies, but haven’t received them as yet. If they come I will send you a copy. But I must close. With love to you all and all good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H.Little.

P.S. I bought one card too many at Buffalo and as I can’t use it here, I am enclosing it in this letter CHL

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, October 16, 1927

Typed and handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on October 16, 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 his trip to Philadelphia to attend a meeting of the Theological Commission of the United Lutheran Church in America.