C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 12, 1916
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 12, 1916. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children, and his 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 (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. 12, 1916
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 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, 12 January 1916, RG-102.13, File 1.18.2, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc 7
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text





Jan’y 12, 1916.

Dear Mother:

Bonnie received your letter this week and will write you when she is able. She is suffering at present from an attack of the grip, which, however, I think she has pretty well in check now. While I think of it I will say that we received the candy, handkerchiefs etc from Bessie and Bonnie intends to write her as soon as possible. Marion and Arthur are pretty well over their colds, though the latter feels a little bad at present from cutting teeth. Carolus wrote a few strips also some figures, which he asked me to in close in my letter, so that you can see how he is improving in writing. We think he does exceedingly well and he takes great pride in his progress. Herman wants to start to school after his birth day, Feb’y 18, when he becomes eligible; but it is not of much advantage for him to start in the middle of a school year. So we haven’t decided whether we will send him or not. Carolus teaches him sometimes and he can write a few words quite well. We have been having quite mild weather till the last day or two, which have been colder. To-night

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we are having a big sleet storm. The wind is easterly and it may turn to rain by morning though at present it is quite cold. So far we have had only two nights that the thermometer was below zero, and 12° below was the bottom record. The winter has been very broken, but we have had sleigh roads ever since the first snow fell. For the last couple weeks the roads and sidewalks have been one glare of ice and the walking has been very slippery. Last Sunday afternoon I had a funeral in the lower Church – that of an old lady who died of the grippe. The funeral was very largely attended. As the burial was several miles off from the Church, I had the committal in the Church and was enabled to get back here in good time for the evening service. We held our congregational annual meeting after service Sunday night. The reports showed the Church, Sunday School, and all the Societies in good financial condition – the best record they say they have ever had. Next Sunday evening I will have to preach for Pastor Maurer who is supplying Ottawa that day and the following Sunday I may have to go to Montreal. Rev. Bieber is expected to take charge of Montreal the first of February for a time at least, I still have 30 or more cigars left from my Christmas boxes. I hope they will last till Rev. MacIntosh’s box shows up.

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I wrote to Clarence the other day and expressed my tardy thanks for his present. It is very convenient to be so near to Waddington, otherwise I would not have got through the customs this year. There are a great many sick people in my parish now, most of them with the grippe. There are a number of older people though who are quite seriously ill. Mrs. Casselman is still alive but that is all that can be said. I did not think she would last beyond the holidays, and it is simply wonderful how she holds out. They had to send her grandchildren, Ryerson and Mary to their grandmother in Toronto. They will stay there till the funeral. Well I can’t think of any more news, so I will close. With all good wishes to all,

I am

Most Sincerely yours

[signed] Carroll H. Little

(Page 4)

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, January 12, 1916

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on January 12, 1916. Little describes family life with his wife Bonnie and their four children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario.