C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 15, 1926
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Typewritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 7, 1926. 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; his car trip to Niagara Falls, New York with all of his sons; swimming in Sliver Lake in Waterloo Park; and his upcoming fishing trip.
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 2013.
Date of Original
Aug. 15, 1926
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, 15 August 1926, RG-102.13, File 1.28.19, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc19
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text


Waterloo Ontario

Aug. 15, 1926.

Dear Mother:

As my pen is not yet repaired I will have to click off my letter again to you tonight. There is one advantage about this however, and that is that I can type and smoke at the same time, which I can't do so well when writing with a pen. I did not receive a letter from you since I wrote you last week; but I received a nice long letter from Pearl and Bonnie received a ditto from Mabel (with the accent on h the el);so that wem had lots of news from home. Say to Pearl that I appreciated her letter very much and hope to give it due attention in th the future, i.e. some time to come. I will not have time to answer it to night. I don't believe that I have written to you since I came back frm Niagara Falls. I am enclosing for your edification a couple snaps that Carolus took down there and developed since returning home. It was a great trip and treat for the boys, and they enjoyed it immensely. I got through with my German service and sermon I thought fairly well and had a good attendance at both services. Financially it did not pay me very well, as they paid only $15 for the two services and I had to pay $10 for the car and driver and I spent just about $5 while down there; but I could hardly have made ascheap a trip taking all the boys down to Niagara in any other way. So I am quite satisfied with coming out even. We had concrete road all the way fro m Waterloo down and made it in three hours each way, not counting the delay of about half an hour at the border. On account of their having daylight saving time at Niagara we had to leave here at a very early hour, around 5 o'clock in the morning, which was as daylight saving always is an unmitigated nuisance But we made up for it by staying in bed late on Monday morning and every morning since. This morning I preached down at Brid geport. It was a fine day- too fine indeed to have a record attendance, yet I had a fairly goodsized and appreciative audience and got through with my sermon quite satisfactorily. I had a ride down with Prof. Henkel who had to pass that way to go to Breslau-Schantz- his parish. This afternoon I had my regular swim in the lake in the park, and tonight for a change I went down to St. John's and heard Pastor Roberts in English. He preached on Jonah and the whale. He was quite orthodox and said he believed the story though many people didn't, and pointed out that there were quite a lot of other things equally mysteriousthat we did not doubt, and he didn't see any reason why we should doubt this. He did not have his sermon very well organized and his English was no improvement over his German; but it is never so bad that it might not have been worse. Last Friday Arthur and I decided that we would swim all around the lake without stopping. We went down and tried it. Arthur made it in one hour. It took me exactly an hour and twenty minutes to accomplish the feat; but I went out of my course in swimming on my back and had to swim across the lake and back in addition, which partly accounts for my backwardness. But after swimming that length of time with out a stop I came out as fresh as when I started, which I think is quite a feat of endurance for a man of my age and station in life. Little Catharine had an attack of tonsilitis this week and was pretty sick for a few days, but I am happy to say that she is quite well again. We had the Dr. for her and he put her to bed and said she was to stay there for a week, but she got better in a day or so and we decided to let her up after three days. She would say "I am well now but I must stay in bed still and we didn't have the heart to punish the patient little creature by keeping her in bed any longer. Herman left on Monday by bike to visit

one of his classmates up the country about 30 miles. We haven't heard

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from him since he left, but he no doubt got there all right. He will probably be back some time this week. Carolus did not do very well on his Provincial Examinations, only passing on half of them. Herman hasn't received his report yet; but I am sure he will do much better as he did not waste his time as Carolus did lest year and made much better grades I am starting off on Wed.of this week for my northern trip. I am to preach at Arnprior on the 22nd and at Mayneuth on the 29th and fish and swim in between times. I will not make anything on the trip, but it will give me a cheap vacation. I don't know how I will do about writing to you as I can't take my typewriter along and have no pen. So if you get a letter written with a leadpencil-which I abominate- or none at al don't be disappointed. Besides in those wild and woolly out of the way places they have mail only about once a week which runs by stage some 30 or 40 miles; and so in any case your letter is liable to be a week or a fortnight late. Therefore don't be discouraged and don't be alarmed if the postman fails to bring you a letter from me. I may be so taken up wi with catching fish in that great fishing country that I will have neither the time nor the disposition to write letters. You know it is quite an exciting proposition when the big black bass are biting well. If you don't believe it ask Walter or any other good sport. But I must really close fro this time. With love to all, I am

Most sincerely yours,

Carroll H. Little.

P.S. Marion is very much improved under the system of compulsory rest that we have imposed upon her.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 15, 1926

Typewritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 7, 1926. 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; his car trip to Niagara Falls, New York with all of his sons; swimming in Sliver Lake in Waterloo Park; and his upcoming fishing trip.