Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 13, 1940
Little, Carroll Herman, Author
Little, Candace
, Recipient
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Typewritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on April 13, 1940. Little describes his family, the weather, swimming, his son Robert, the Gunns, and life at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary and Waterloo College.
Carroll Herman Little (1872-1958) was a Lutheran pastor, and a professor and administrator at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada (now Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) 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.

Carroll Herman 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, and John Frederick.

Carroll Herman Little died in Waterloo, Ontario on March 31, 1958.

Transcribed by DH300 class, Winter Term 2018.
Date of Original
Apr. 13, 1940
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 28 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
Carroll Herman Little letter, 13 April 1940, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Wilfrid Laurier University
Reproduction Notes
U242 Disc11
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

Full Text

170 Albert St., Waterloo, Ont.

April 13, 1940

Dear Mother:

We are having a “little winter” here again after a period of some days of fairly mild spring weather. On Thursday afternoon it turned suddenly cold and snow began again to fall. The next morning we had four or five inches of it and the whole landscape was “a thing of beauty and a joy forever”, or words to that effect, and the temperature had dropped to 18% above zero. The ice, which was just on the point of leaving Silver Lake, solidified again; and I had to go down to the lower end of the lake to find a place to get in for my morning swim. This morning the situation was even worse and the temperature lower; and I had to go up the creek a considerable distance before I could find running water. But, just as “All things come to him who waits, I possessed my heart in patience, and was rewarded in finding a delightful pool, in which I had a very refreshing swim – the seventh of the season.

Yesterday the College – not the Seminary – had a holiday. All the professors scurried off to London – not England, but Ontario, Can. – to set up in connection with the University and the other affiliated Colleges the Final Examination papers for the scholastic year 1939-1940-leaving the students free from attending classes, which, it is needless to say, they did not regret. The College Dance is to take place on May 31st. In connection with it an amusing feature took place in the chapel right after service the other day. It seems that one of the students forged Dr. Clausen’s name to the advertising sheet of the dance; and he of course took exception to it and proceeded to bawl out properly the culprit who was guilty of such a thing, announcing that he had removed the paper from the bulletin board, and closing with the remark, “Anybody, boy or girl, who attempts to imitate my handwriting is very foolish”, at which robot everybody laughed, as he has a notoriously bad handwriting; and yet it was so cleverly done that

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when I saw it, I took it for granted that he had signed it. The graduating class this year consists of seven – this being for the first time all girls, or “co-eds” as they are called. There was one boy in the class, but he seems to have failed to make the grade. Maybe the Board had better make the College a female institution!

Meda and Tom are still with us, though Meda is on her “p’s and “q’s” to get away and “organise” herself once more. She hasn’t heard as yet from her Saskatoon application, but is expecting to hear any day. This afternoon I am going down to Kitchener with Tom to interview our representative in the House of Commons, Cabinet Minister, the Hon. W. D. Euler, and endeavour to interest him in helping to land Tom in the position of Inspector of Stores, for which he has applied to Ottawa. His application has ben favourably acknowledged, but a little “pull” might help matters. If he should get this job, Meda would then go down to New York and stay with her son and wife until she lands something organically speaking. So here’s hoping for the best of both of them. Robert is back at his banking business at Noranda. He wrote us a few days ago, and said he had no hopes of landing a government job, as the Royal Bank had made arrangements with the Minister Rogers that no employee of theirs should be transferred to a government position. I think Robert would be satisfied with the banking business if he were working in more congenial quarters. What he doesn’t like is to be shoved off into so remote a part of the world and in the midst of a French population. Arthur is still working off and on at the Warehouse. He went down to Brantford last Tuesday, where he delivered an address before a church rally of the Lutheran congregation there. To-morrow a week he will go to Arnprior to preach; and I feel quite sure that after the congregation has heard him that they will give him a unanimous call; and then all his expectative, futuristic troubles will all be over. Lovingly yours, [signed] Carroll

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, April 13, 1940

Typewritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother, Candace Little, on April 13, 1940. Little describes his family, the weather, swimming, his son Robert, the Gunns, and life at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary and Waterloo College.