C. H. Little to Candace Little, November 20, 1927
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 20, 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. 20, 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, 20 November 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.31, 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. A. A. Zinck, D. D., English Secretary

Waterloo, Ont.

Rev. E. Holm, Treasurer

Conestogo, Ont.}

Waterloo, Ont.,

Nov. 20, 1927

Dear Mother:

Your most welcome and highly interesting letter of the 10th inst was received in due time and was read with pleasure. As I am going to Hespeler again to-night, I thought I had better write to you this afternoon than wait till I get back to-night. This will be my last service at Hespeler, as their new pastor is coming next Sunday. I will thereafter have no regular place to go, but am booked for Sherwood-Unionville on the coming Sunday. I am sending you with this mail a copy of the College Cord put out this last week. The article on the Reformation signed “L” I wrote. I wrote it in such a hurry and gave so little thought to it that I didn’t feel like signing my full name; but the Editor thought it was O.K. and I let him publish it. The MacLean’s, which I sent to Pearl last week, was in a rather battered condition. This was due to Florence who has a perfect mania for pulling things down off the table and making sausage or mince meat out of them. Her [?] of destructiveness is large at this stage of the game. But she is lively and hearty and good natured, and

(Page 2)

is putting on fat with remarkable rapidity now that she is weaned. She is very fond of beer and drinks it like a toper. Bonnie thinks she is getting prettier and more like Catharine every day. Allow me to express to you my hearty congratulations and to extend to you the good wishes of us all on your 79th birthday to-morrow. We are all sorry that we could not accept your kind invitation to your birthday dinner to-day, which will no doubt be a great success. I am so glad that at your advanced age you are still in good health physically and mentally and are capable of enjoying life to the full. This is a great blessing from God for which you and all of us cannot be too thankful. May the Lord preserve you and keep you to us in the same way for years to come. This week’s Progress Enterprise of Lunenburg, N.S. brought news of the death of William Silver of Hemford, whom I knew very well though he belong to the Congregationalist Church there. He was 98 years of age and left 15 surviving children and 2 predeceased, making 17 in all. Some called him the Father of his Country, though not quite accurately as there were others down there with families quite as large. Well, winter has set in at last. The past week was quite steady and the little snow that fell last Saturday or Sunday is still with us. I thought it was time for me to put off my BVD’s and put on my combinations this morning, I also bought a new overcoat last week and am now fitted out for whatever the winter chooses to bring.

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Our Board of Governors held its meeting last week. They bought the Weber property and also authorized their Executive to correspond with and call the Rev. P. H. Roth to the vacant professorship in the Seminary – all of which is very pleasing to us. They succeeded in inducing the Rev. Prof. Dr. Willison to withdraw his resignation. So he will also continue with us, and “All’s well that ends well.” I don’t think we will be able to get Prof. Roth until next September, but we can on a pinch carry on till then. The Canada Synod is taking up the canvas for Ministerial Pensions and Relief and is holding a big mass-meeting in Kitchener Wednesday to launch it forth. President Reble had his address to the congregations in German and had me as the English Sec’y to translate it. This I did in a few minutes. It pleased him so well that he wrote me that people who read the published letter will say. My! how Reble has improved in his English! Well, I must 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 20, 1927

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on November 20, 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.