C. H. Little to Candace Little, October 16, 1926

Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on October 16, 1926. Little discusses the birth of Florence, their ninth child and fifth daughter.
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
Oct. 16, 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, 4 September 1926, RG-102.13, File 1.28.22, 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

{The Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada

Waterloo, Ontario} Oct. 16, 1926.

Dear Mother:

You no doubt have received by this time my note informing you of the arrival of our dear little Florence; but as I wrote you rather briefly I will try to write you again this evening. We had a great time getting the help that we needed. On Monday of last week our “Dumb Dora” left us, it having penetrated even her thick scull that she was incapable of doing the work alone. Thus I had scurry around to get some one else. Fortunately I was not long in landing a girl, who came on Wednesday morning and who has proved herself a good one. Next, as our old nurse had gone to Detroit and had not returned I had to arrange for another nurse. I instructed the Dr. when the baby was born to bring with him the Victorian nurse, who goes out on call, but does not stay. She was very capable and was here when the baby was born and came regularly until we got a nurse. On Thursday morning I borrowed a car and had Carolus drive me out into the country a couple miles to see a nurse, who promised to come that evening. But in the mean time the doctor attendant upon the case – a pneumonia case – appeared upon the scene and insisted that she should stay with the case another week. I received this word at supper time and had to get busy again. I suc-

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ceded in getting a nurse to come the next day. She is still with us, but is not altogether satisfactory. She is a very heavy woman and tramps around with the tread of an elephant, and is also very slow. It takes her a full hour to give Bonnie her bath, and in consequence she takes a little cold every time. Aside from this drawback Bonnie was never stronger or better than she is this time. She was in labour only for about three hours till the baby was born. The baby too is very strong, lifts her head and looks around whenever she gets her bath and drinks water like a lady. She is fat and plump and has a head full of hair – on the outside, I wouldn’t have you make any mistake – as black as Ruth’s and as glossy as silk. She has a strong voice and can cry lustily whenever there is occasion for it; but is an awfully good baby and sleeps all night and gives no trouble. Bonnie thinks she is the most perfect yet, and I’m inclined to agree with her. All the children like the baby, and every one who had seen it thinks it is a beauty. Little Catharine says she is all mine now and always adds “Mother is going to keep the baby.” I think she thinks she has lost out there, but she isn’t jealous at all and loves the baby and is quite satisfied to be all father’s. Herman went on his wheel yesterday up in the country to spend the weekend with his friend and class-mate Walter Mogk. It has turned very cold since he left and I don’t know how he will make out without a sweater or an overcoat. He couldn’t wear an overcoat very well and had no sweater. But I guess he will ride all the faster, being light-loaded.

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This morning I went over to St. Matthew’s to hear the Rev. Dr. Rohnert Director, of the Theological Seminary at Kropp, Germany. He preached a very excellent sermon from Heb.13:9, but I found him a little difficult to follow. They are giving him a banquet to-morrow in the Commercial Hotel here in Waterloo. All the Lutheran ministers from the surrounding country will be there; and as the charge is only 75₵ a plate I suppose I will have to take it in also. St, Matthew’s Church was filled this morning to the galleries. Rev. Tappert, a former pastor and now editor of Der Lutherische Herold was also there and made an address. It was one o’clock by the time I got back home for dinner. I am to preach to-night at St. Peter’s, Dr. Sperling having already left for Richmond. I am to preach there also next Sunday evening. On the 31st I am to preach the Reformation sermon in Toronto. Our two churches will probably combine for the service. I will miss the great gathering in the Lyric Theatre in Kitchener this year. Dr. Hoover is to deliver the address there. I am enclosing the first page of the Canada Lutheran of this month in order to let you see something that I wrote. Rev. Neudoerffer has sent word that he expects to reach Montreal Sept 23rd and will consequently be here a week earlier than he thought some time ago. But I must close. With love to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, October 16, 1926

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on October 16, 1926. Little discusses the birth of Florence, their ninth child and fifth daughter.