Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 5, 1916
Little, Carroll Herman, Correspondent
Little, Candace
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 5, 1916. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children, and with work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario.
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.

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. 5, 1916
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
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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, 5 January 1916, RG-102.13, File 1.18.1, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc7
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text





Jan’y 5,1916.

Dear Mother:

I haven’t written a letter yet this year and if I get this one done to-night you will have the honor of getting the first one. We are having a very broken winter so far and very mild. The thermometer hasn’t reached zero or been anywhere in the neighborhood of it this winter as yet. We have also had a good deal of rain, reminding us of Nova Scotia weather; but for all that the sleigh roads haven’t failed us since the first snow fell. To-day it rained nearly all day and made the roads and side walks very icy. To-night it is turning colder and there is a very high wind. It will probably be quite cold by morning and we may have some more snow. Last winter around this time we had it very cold around 30 below zero if I remember aright. To-night we were to have had our annual congregational meeting; but as there were only eight out alltogether, we post-poned it until Sunday night after service. There is a great deal of sickness, principally La Grippe, in the town, country and congregations. It amounts well nigh to an epidemic and there are few households where they didn’t have it.

(Page 2)

Fortunately we have escaped so far. Mr. Hirtle left us Monday morning for the Seminary at Waterloo. He seemed to have enjoyed his stay very much with us. He spent Friday till Monday morning with Pastor Maurer and preached for him Sunday night. Pastor Maurer said he preached well and made a good impression. Carolus has advanced another class in school, he tells me, and is in class 4 now. He has caught up with a little girl, Lois Stoney, who lives next door to us and who started to school last winter. He has headed the honor roll in his class every month since he started to school. He hasn’t missed a day or been late and is very anxious to keep up his good record. I had very small congregations Sunday, partly owing to the prevalence of grippe and partly due to the heavy roads from the snow which fell Saturday night. I had only about 35 here and 15 below – the smallest congregations I have had at any time, I believe. One of my Christmas presents is still on the way. Pastor MacIntosh sent a Christmas box to his father and sister, shipping it from Norristown, Pa. Dec. 10 and it hasn’t arrived yet. They told me that he said he had a present in it for me – tobacco, they weren’t sure whether it was a box of cigars or a humidor of smoking tobacco. I hope that it will not go altogether astray.

(Page 3)

I haven’t written to thank Clarence yet for his present of a box of cigars, but I will try to get around to it before long. As it was registered and I signed the return card in Waddington he knows anyway by this time that I got it.

It is perhaps a little late in the season, but we wish you all a bright prosperous and happy New Year. I hear that Dr. Kruzmann has secured a man temporarily for Halifax and will release Rev. Bieber for Montreal and Ottawa for awhile. This will relieve our situation somewhat though the man he is putting in Halifax is said to be a poor stick. Bonnie says she is planning to write to you soon. Well, I must close. With love to you all I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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Letter from C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 5, 1916

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 5, 1916. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children, and with work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario.