C. H. Little to Candace Little, October 30, 1927
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on October 18, 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; Nils Willison's call to Trinity Lutheran Church in Hamilton, Ontario; and Halloween 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.

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. 30, 1927
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.4668 Longitude: -80.51639
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 30 October 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.28, 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
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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. A. A. Zinck, D. D., English Secretary

Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. E. Holm, Treasurer

Conestogo, Ont.}

Waterloo, Ont.,

October 30, 1927.

Dear Mother:

Your kind letter was received yesterday morning and the box of figs in the afternoon. The letter came through with shining colours, but not so the figs. They had begun to work and were in somewhat of a slimy condition. We ate a couple of the best ones and threw the rest away. Thanks, however, for your good intentions! Bonnie had green figs to eat when we were down on our honeymoon. The children, though, had never seen them except in the packed and dried state. I was not surprized at the mild weather you have been having, as we are having extraordinary weather ourselves. I never before saw so fine an October in this country. I have been going in swimming every day – was in yesterday and will probably go in again this afternoon. We have to have fire in our furnace, but need only a very light one; and it is easy on the fuel pile. I was down at St. John’s this morning and heard Pastor Roberts preach a Reformation sermon

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on John 1:6. His text was on John the Baptist; but he preached about Luther. He (Pastor Roberts) is very accommodating. To-night the Twin-Cities are holding a Joint-Lutheran-Reformation Service in St. Matthews Church, Kitchener. They have imported as speakers for the occasion Dr. Pohlmann of Phil’a. I thought I would be able to hear him; but I got word Friday night that I was to preach in Hespeler. So I will have to hold a little Reformation Service of my own there. I was interested in hearing of the marriage of Guy Chire’s, second daughter. It is rather hard for me to realize that he has daughters old enough to get married. He is ahead of me in that respect. We are having another crisis in the school just now. Dr. Willison has resigned his position as Professor to accept a call to Trinity Lutheran Church, Hamilton, which he has been supplying during the vacancy occasioned by the removal of Pastor Beringer. The matter came as a great surprise to us all, and I do not know what is back of it as he is uncommunicative and mum as an oyster. I do not think he has as yet accepted the call; but has sent in his resignation to the Board and will probably await its action. He intends to leave, I understand, the first of December. I have an idea that this is a ruse on his part to get into the Seminary; but I may be mistaken about that. I can’t understand why he wants to go down there so soon.

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That little congregation would have been just as well satisfied to have him supply them through the winter and enter upon his regular pastorate in the spring after the school work is over. Besides Dr. Willison is under great obligation to the Board which paid him $1000 toward his education at Queen’s University year before last and paid him his salary and $500 for a substitute, while he was sick with appendicitis last spring. He has taken none of us into his confidence, so we do not know what wheels are turning in his head. He is a fine teacher in the English Department and he ought to stay there. As far as I know his relation with Dr. Potter and with all the staff has been without a ruffle. I only heard of this incidentally Friday night. The Board will probably hold a meeting to consider the matter early in November. Dr. Willison is very ambitious and that makes me think he has something up his sleeve. Our student Mr. Tiggers from Stockholm, Sweden, arrived last week. This makes 17 that we have in the Seminary to date, with one more to come. The work has been moving along nicely this year and is quite enjoyable. Prof. Neudoerffer resumed his work last week, but appears quite sad. I conveyed to him your and Herbert’s condolence,

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which he appreciated very much. The children are all looking forward to the Hallowe'en celebration Monday night. It is a great time with the children and the young folks in general. The Athenaeum Society held a Halloween session on Thursday night with the witch’ caldron and ghost-story-telling as attractions. I was present and told them a couple hair-raising ghost stories. Little Florence never crawls any more and is very fleet on her feet. Yesterday I was carrying her around looking for the fly-swatter. I thought probably she had had it, so I let her down and told her to find it for me. She ran out into the kitchen where it was lying under the table and brought it to me. I don’t think she is as pretty as some of the others; but she is very smart for her age. She also thinks a lot of her father. Carolus is still working at the Globe and is attending night school about three nights a week. Bonnie was down at Kitchener shopping last week and bought herself a winter coat and hat. I am still waiting for my Phil’a passage money. It is slow, but sure in coming. However, as long as I am preaching every Sunday I can get along. I expect to make $400 over and above my salary by the end of this year. We will celebrate Reformation Day in the Seminary Monday by special services, which I have in charge. 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, October 30, 1927

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on October 18, 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; Nils Willison's call to Trinity Lutheran Church in Hamilton, Ontario; and Halloween celebrations.