C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 3, 1927
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 3, 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; the resignation of Nils Willison; weather; ice skating; and a possible visit from Bonnie's step-mother.
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
Dec. 3, 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
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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, 3 December 1927, RG-102.13, File 1.29.32, 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

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{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.,

Dec. 3, 1927.

Dear Mother:

As I am going down to Bridgeport early to-morrow morning and will not get back till late to-morrow night, I will write you a few lines to-night. We are having fine winter weather just now, the thermometer ranging around 20° above zero and a couple of inches of snow being on the ground. I had a good skate of about an hour this afternoon on the ice on the lake in the park. It was just four weeks t-oday that I had my last swim down there. So the interval between swimming and skating was not overly long. It would have been still shorter, only Bonnie hid my bathing suit when she thought the weather was getting too sharp for healthy swimming. But she hasn’t turned the water off from the bathtub and I get my cold water bath every morning, which serves to keep me in shape and in the pink of condition. I got my cheque for November salary yesterday, and when I came back from paying my monthly accounts down town I had just 20₵ left out of the cheque.

(Page 2)

I expect, however, to clear $10 to-morrow. By preaching practically every Sunday I have done fairly well this year. I have made gross earnings of over $500 in this way over and above my salary and have cleared to date over $400 during the year since Jan’y 1. But it take all of it to get along and I could use a good deal more. I wish I could get enough to give the children some advantages such as music lessons etc. Bonnie is kept so busy that she doesn’t have any time and I haven’t had the money to have them take lessons elsewhere. Dr. Potter left Friday to attend an Educational Conference of the U.L.C.A. in Washington, D. C. I told him to call on Bikle while he is down there and sent greetings by him to Bikle and family. Dr. Potter will be gone a full week. On next Friday I will go to London to attend the meeting of the University Senate. As Dr. Potter will not be back in time he was very anxious that I should attend in order that our institution might not go unrepresented at the meeting. The Board pays the expenses of our Senators to these meetings. I thought when I wrote you some time ago that the Willison resignation racket was all settled and that the status quo was going to continue; but Dr. Willison gave us another shock by again tendering his resignation to accept the Hamilton call. He will, however, continue in his present

(Page 3)

position till the end of the present scholastic year. This time his resignation will undoubtedly be accepted as he says his step is irrevocable. Dr. Willison is a very ambitious man and is peeved that he was not advanced to the Seminary and made President of the institution. But in my opinion he is cutting off his nose to spite his face. He is an excellent teacher and well-qualified for the position he holds, but has no special qualifications for a Theological professorship. I fear his overweening ambition has over-reached itself. And I am sure his course is a mistake both for his personal advancement and for his usefulness to the Church. He has been here so long and seems so much a part of the institution that I am sorry to see him go, and I told him as much. But he will have to paddle his own canoe; I can’t paddle it for him. The children are all looking forward to Christmas with anticipatory longings, which I’m afraid can only meet partial fulfillment. The College students were putting up their skating rink on the front campus to-day. That will make it very convenient for me and my crowd; but I fear it is going to be an awfully windy place, as there are no obstruction to the prevailing north west winds. Prof. Roth declined the call to the Seminary professorship.

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I think his refusal to consider it was due to the way in which it was put up to him by Dr. Maurer, President of the Board, who did not favour him. Our next move will be to call the Rev. Theodore Pasult, a classmate of mine at Mt. Airy in case Prof. Aksim of Saskatoon cannot secure the favour of the Board. The College Cord came out again this week. There is nothing special in it; but I will send it to you in a day or two. Mrs. J.B. DeLong and Lynton are counting on spending the winter in Arizona, and Bonnie is in fear and trembling lest they should stop off here en route around Christmas time – not that she doesn’t care to see them, but because she doesn’t know where to put them up for the night, or nights as the case may be. Florence fell against the book shelf the other day and ran her tooth through her tongue. She is very proud of her accomplishment and ticks her tongue out every time any one asks to see it. She has a dozen of more teeth now. But I must stop here. With love to all and all good wishes,

I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, December 3, 1927

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on December 3, 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; the resignation of Nils Willison; weather; ice skating; and a possible visit from Bonnie's step-mother.