C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 22, 1926

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 22, 1926. Little describes fishing trip in northern Ontario, which included preaching at Arnprior and Denbigh.
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. 22, 1926
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 45.43341 Longitude: -76.34939
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, 22 August 1926, RG-102.13, File 1.28.20, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc19
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

{The Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Canada

Waterloo, Ontario} Arnprior, Ont.,

Aug. 22, 1926

Dear Mother:

I have just come out of the Church where I preached this afternoon and am in the parsonage where we are being royally entertained. And as the day is dull and dark and cold and gloomy and I have nothing particularly to do, I will write you a few lines. It is so dark to-day that we have to burn the electric lights in the day time. The Church attendance at this Missions Fest was not so good as it would have been if the weather had been more favourable; but the Church was over half full this morning and nearly full this afternoon. I preached the only English sermon and got through with it quite satisfactorily to myself. Here at the parsonage practically only German is spoken, and even the cooking is all German; but I like both and am getting along quite well with both the mental and physical pabulum. Yesterday we drove out to White Lake, about 11 miles from here for a fishing expedition. The day was not favourable and it was very windy and there was a heavy sea on. However, I caught two fish – black bass – and some of the others one each, and we had a good meal off of them to-day. I caught another extra size large bass, but Pastor Kutter lost him in attempting to land him in the boat for me. We did not expect fishing here, so were not disappointed and we had a fine outing. I rowed about 8 or 10 miles up the lake and back and didn’t mind it a bit.

(Page 2)

We are expecting good fishing over in Denbigh next, or rather this week. We will go to Maynooth 55 miles N.W. from Denbigh on Friday or Saturday. I was quite surprised at the offer Pastor Monroe made me to preach at the Anniversary festival in Hickory in Sept. and was sorry I could not accept the same as it would have given me another visit with you. But it was altogether out of the question. In coming up here from Smith Falls we crossed the Mississppi River – a beautiful clear river. I had always heard that the Mississppi was red and muddy. We had an awful time getting here on an old 1920 Ford car. There was always something getting out of order or breaking. There was nothing serious at any time, but always delays. We arrived here fully ¾ of a day late. But it is a fine trip and the scenery in spots is beautiful. Pastor Kutter engages in the raising of foxes and chinchilla rabbits as a side line. He also keeps goats and all our milk has been goat milk. It is better and far richer than cow milk, even that of the Jersey. But I must stop here as it is supper time. I want to thank you again for the good time I had in the South. If I get back home safe and sound from this trip I will have had I think a well-nigh perfect holiday this vacation. With love to you all

I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, August 22, 1926

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on August 22, 1926. Little describes fishing trip in northern Ontario, which included preaching at Arnprior and Denbigh.