C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 6, 1927
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 6, 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
Nov. 6, 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, 6 November 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.29, 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

{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.,

Nov. 6, 1927

Dear Mother:

I have just got back from Hespeler, where I preached to-day, morning and evening and will try to give you a few lines between now and bed-time. As to-morrow is our Canadian Thanksgiving day, I preached a thanksgiving sermon to-night. We will have a holiday to-morrow; and as everything will be closed up tight, there will probably be no mail collection and my letter will reach you a day or so late; but that isn’t my fault. We are having winter now, at least “squaw winter”. It descended on us all of a sudden. We had a few snow squalls yesterday and the ground was quite white this morning and it was cold enough to keep most of it there all day. Pastor Fischer from Wellesley, one of our boys, was around to see me Friday night to get me to preach the English sermon at the dedication of his new Church to-day; but I couldn’t do so, as I was already booked up for Hespeler. Pastor Fischer is called to Hespeler and will take charge there the first Sunday in Advent. I have been preaching most of the English sermons there

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since the vacancy. I have no plans for to-morrow and didn’t even so much as order a chicken to celebrate the day. We don’t make as much of Thanksgiving in the way of feasting here as you do in the States; but I trust we are just as thankful for our innumerable blessings. Most of the boys from Seminary and College near enough to get home, have gone home for the holiday and as we will have no school we will have one day respite from the daily grind. The Seagram brothers here in town are putting our Athletic grounds back of the Seminary in shape at a cost of four or five thousand dollars. You probably saw something about it in the Cord. When it is finished we will have one of the finest Athletic fields in this part of Canada. This is one good deed these big distillers have done. I got my first case of beer on my permit last week, and it is the real stuff. Our Government control law is working fine and practically everybody except the extreme prohibitionists is well-pleased with it. In one of the ridings which was a prohibition stronghold, where an election was held last week, the seat went to the Government by acclamation, neither the Prohibitionists nor the Liberals putting up a candidate. Our Board of Governors will meet next week to consider Dr. Willison’s resignation, the filling of the vacant Seminary professorship, and the purchase of the Weber property for a site for the proposed new Seminary building – a sufficient

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program to keep them quite busy. The Seminary Faculty wanted Prof. Aksim, but as considerable opposition to him has developed among the English brethren we are willing to compromise on Prof. Paul H. Roth of North Western Seminary. Dr. Potter thinks now that Dr. Willison is in a mood to be wooed and that if the Board of Governors is tactful they may be able to retain his services for the College. He is a good man in his present position and it would be a pity to lose him. While I was away to-day, Mr.& Mrs. Ralph Fetterly of Morrisburg called for a few minutes. They motored up in one of their big cars. Prof Neudoerffer preached to-night at Conestogo, the first time he has preached since his wife died. His two girls who are about grown are keeping house for him by attending the Collegiate, each part time. So he is getting along as well as could be expected, but naturally feels quite lonesome. I go over to see him as frequently as I can. The Henkels are having him and his family all down there for Thanksgiving dinner to-morrow. Our new student from Germany is expected to reach here to-morrow. This will run our Seminary enrollment up to 18, the largest we have even had. The work is hard on account of our attenuated faculty, but interesting.

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Mr. Berdux is able to be up a little now; but I don’t think he will ever be a well man again, though he may be patched up for a time. Carolus has fixed up the closet in his room as a photo-studio and is prepared for making snaps and enlargements during his leisure hours from work and study. The children are all glad of their holiday to-morrow and will probably keep the place lively. Bonnie made Marion a nice dress last week and was so well pleased with the result that she thinks she will make all her clothes after this. She has been after me to get a new overcoat, but I haven’t been able to see my way clear to make the investment as yet. Expenses are so great that it takes all I can make to keep the household going. So I don’t like to spend money on clothes for myself unless it is absolutely necessary. Well, I think I have about exhausted the news, so I will close. With love and all good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 6, 1927

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 6, 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.