C. H. Little to Candace Little, October 25, 1925
Carroll Herman Little, Correspondent
Candace Little
, Recipient
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Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on October 25, 1925. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, 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 2013.
Date of Original
Oct. 25, 1925
Width: 21.5 cm
Height: 27.5 cm
Local identifier
Carroll Herman Little fonds
Language of Item
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.90012 Longitude: -79.23288
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, 11 October 1925, RG-102.13, File 1.27.16, Carroll Herman Little fonds, Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Reproduction Notes
RG-102.13 Disc17
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Agency street/mail address:

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

Full Text

{The Evangelical Lutheran Seminary in Canada Waterloo, Ontario, Canada} Oct. 25, 1925


Dear Mother:

I am writing this from Port Colborne, which is just 19 miles from Buffalo on the Canadian side of Lake Erie. I came down here yesterday to preach for Pastor Schmidt, who is sick and unable to hold his services. I have just finished the evening service and have returned from visiting a friend who is a member of the congregation here. It is now after 10 o’clock and nearly bed time. So I will have to make my communication brief, especially as I must get up early in the morning to make my train for home. I want to get back by noon, if possible, as I have a couple lectures in the afternoon tomorrow which I would not like to miss. The weather to-day was very disagreeable. It rained heavy nearly all day and blew a gale. As a consequence the congregations were small, although the attendance was a little better to-night as the rain had ceased and the wind died down a bit. It was quite cold all last week and we had snow every day from Monday till Friday inclusive.

(Page 2)

One morning the snow was about three inches deep and some people shoveled the side walks. On Friday morning the lake in the park at Waterloo was frozen over – the earliest known for years. This afternoon Mr. Lang at whose place I am staying here drove me and his family over to Welland and in a circle back home, a distance of 35 miles in his new Chrysler car. It was one of the first riding cars I have ever been in. On good roads he made 60 miles an hour. I left them all well at home except that Bonnie had not fully recovered from her cold, but she was on the mending line. Marion received your letter with the dollar included on her birthday and I can tell you she was a happy girl. She went over to Kitchener to spend her money, but I don’t think she spent more than about 50₵ of the $2.00 that she received. We had another new student last week from Detroit, Mich. This brings our enrolement up to 84. So you see we are still advancing. Well, as it is late and I don’t want to keep my hosts up too long, I will close for this time, hoping to be able to do better next week. With love and all good wishes to you all, I am

Most Sincerely yours,

[signed] Carroll H. Little.

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C. H. Little to Candace Little, October 25, 1925

Handwritten letter from Carroll Herman Little to his mother on October 25, 1925. Little discusses family life with wife Bonnie and their children, and his work as a Lutheran pastor and faculty member at the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary of Canada in Waterloo, Ontario.