C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 19, 1916
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 19, 1916. Little describes family life, son Carolus' recovery from typhoid fever, 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
July 19, 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
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Correspondence from Carroll Herman Little to Candace Little, 19 July 1916, RG-102.13, File 1.18.4, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
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75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

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Morrisburg, Ont. July 19, 1916

Dear Mother:

No doubt you will be anxious to hear from me this week. I will therefore not keep you waiting, but will write you a short letter to-night. I am glad to be able to inform you that Carolus is well again and is so hungry that he is almost eating us out of house and home. He was in bed only ten days and the Doctor described his case as an abortive attack of typhoid fever. I kept ice on him constantly day and night and also gave him his tablets which the Dr. prescribed for disinfecting his bowels every three hours and finally conquered the fever altogether. He is quite thin yet, but feels well and is picking up every day. The boys are getting to be quite a help to me. The week before he took sick Carolus mowed the lawn for me, and last week while Carolus was in bed Herman mowed it for me. Carolus was up first on Sunday and went out for the first on Monday. We are much relieved that he didn’t have a long siege of it. It would have been desperate in this hot weather.

(Page 2)

We are having it blazing hot at present. Yesterday and to-day were scorchers and there seems no prospect for an immediate let up. The thunder storm last week gave us one cool day but only one and since then it has been hot without intermission. Last night Bonnie and I drove down to Nudell Bush to an Ice Cream Social given by the Ladies Aid of St. John’s. It was a hot night and there was a big crowd on and I don’t think they had any trouble in disposing of their 14 gallons of ice cream. We left about half past ten and got home about 12 o’clock. To-day we had a young man here from our Lutheran congregation at Ottawa, Mr. Arndt Loa. He is a Norwegian, has been in Canada since he was 10 years old and is President of the Canada Luther League. He is a fine young man of about 24 years of age. He came to spend his holiday along the river and will board at a Mr. Casselman’s down near St. John’s. Dr. Bieber has decided to stay at Montreal at least for a year and perhaps longer. This

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will relieve us of the Eastern Conference to a considerable extent. Halifax, N.S. is also about to be supplied in the person of the Rev. W. M. Weaver, who has accepted the call there. I just heard this yesterday and it cames with great surprise, as he has been away from Canada scarcely a year yet. He was very anxious for a number of years to get to the States and after he got there he was, I understand, still more anxious to get back. I don’t imagine he fitted in very well at Ambridge, Pa., and I imagine his one sermon a month in German was very trying both to him and to his parishioners. He may get along at Halifax, but I would rather see a man of a stricter type of Lutheranism there. Pastor MacIntosh is expected here on his vacation the last of this month. The war news of late has been quite gratifying and hopes are entertained that the tide has turned at last and that the allies are on the home stretch for victory. I don’t see anything in our papers about the Presidential election campaign. I suppose it

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hasn’t got sufficiently hot yet to crowd out the war news, and it looks now as though Mexico and the U.S. were enjoying a love feast. My garden is coming along fine. My tomato stalks are hanging full of tomatoes and I have one almost ripe already. This hot weather has also brought along the corn, cucumbers and beans very rapidly. The trouble with our water works continues. Nothing has been done at all yet to put them in condition, though I am after the trustees every day. It is awfully inconvenient and I am at times quite disgusted with the dilatoriness of those who should look after the matter, but I don’t expect anything to be done before fall, and will be agreeably surprised if they get the thing fixed up before Christmas. But I must close. With love and all good wishes, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, July 19, 1916

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on July 19, 1916. Little describes family life, son Carolus' recovery from typhoid fever, and his work as a Lutheran pastor in Morrisburg, Ontario.