C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 14, 1915
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 14, 1915. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children. He also describes his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario. Discusses the death of his professor, Dr. Weidner, and the effects of war in Canada.
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 2012.
Date of Original
Jan. 14, 1915
Width: 21 cm
Height: 28 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.9001 Longitude: -75.18261
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, 14 January 1952, RG-102.13, File 1.17.1, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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RG-102.13 Disc7
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

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Jan’y 14, 1915

Dear Mother:

As I did not get around to writing to you last night, I will take a little time this morning to drop you a few lines. We have had wonderfully fine weather for the past week – just cold enough to keep the little snow left from the thaw from melting away and spoiling our sleigh roads. It is the steadiest kind of weather too: every day is just like its predecessor. It would be nice if it would continue this way all winter but February will probably tell a different tale. It is our coldest and stormiest month. I have finished up my calls in the lower congregation. I spent two whole days – Monday and Tuesday – this week at it and made between 15 and 20 calls. There were a number of sick to attend to also, especially among the aged. I have three people who have had strokes, two of them within the last 2 or 3 weeks. All this necessitated a great deal of driving and as I didn’t have time to rest up from Sunday’s exertions, I was almost knocked out when Tuesday evening arrived. But as I made only two sick calls yesterday, I am feeling a little more rested out to-day; but I haven’t done anything on my sermons for Sunday yet and it is getting pretty late in the week already. We are getting a girl this week. I think she will come to-day. We have to pay $10.00 a month and get the washing done by a washer woman, which will run the expenses up to about $14 a month.

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But we just had to have one, whatever the expense. Bonnie is very thin and almost on the verge of breaking down and I don’t think she could hang out much longer to do the whole work alone. I had my annual congregational meetings at the two churches last week. Everything seems to be in good running shape, and there seems to be general satisfaction with the new administration. The people continue to bring us in things. I don’t think we will have to buy any vegetables this winter and we haven’t had to buy any butter for about a month. So table expenses are not running very high. I get my salary here regularly every month, which enables me to keep from going into debt very heavily. I owe about $50 on coal and about $40 on furniture. For everything else I have paid cash and can work these off gradually. If I had the $350 they owe me from the Orphans’ Home, I would be in pretty good shape now; but it is hard telling when I will get that, if ever. I heard the other day of Dr. Weidner’s death, which will prove a great loss to our Church. He was certainly one of our ablest men. I was sorry to hear of his departure, but the surprise is that he hung out as long as he did. I received a letter from Bikle this week. He seems to be perfectly happy and quite in love with married life, but says business is somewhat dull at present and is hoping for better times. Hard times seems to have [?] Nova Scotia hard. They are running only

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five trains a week on the Middleton railway now and have no trains or mails on Thursday. Times will be very hard all over Canada if the war continues long and I notice the experts on the Allies side claim that it will continue at least two years. My own opinion is that it will take much longer if they persist in pushing it to a final conclusion. In fact I seriously doubt if they will ever be able to conquer Germany. Every day the papers report progress and success for the Allies, but in spite of it all they seem to stay just about where they were last October, and there has been no engagement yet on German soil. Don is still at Halifax. In a letter to Bonnie he says nothing of any prospect of being sent to the front.

We were all invited out to tea Sunday evening at Mr. [?] Casselman’s. Marion showed her appreciation by exclaiming every time she was helped to anything “I like it”. Herman has an idea that he is growing fast. Every day he comes around and says “Father, look how big I am. I am almost as big as father.” Arthur is still in long dresses because we haven’t bought a machine as yet. He is growing fast and is nice and fat. But I must close. 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, January 14, 1915

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 14, 1915. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children. He also describes his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario. Discusses the death of his professor, Dr. Weidner, and the effects of war in Canada.