The Large Family

John Edward Large

Birth: 1903, in county Kildare, Ireland

Father: Robert Metcalf Large

Mother: Isabella Mabel (Kilroy) Large

Married: Goldie Fern Miller

Goldie was born on 24 April 1908 in Drinkwater, Saskatchewan, the daughter of Chas. F. Miller and Edna Ethel Barrier. She died on 4 November 1999. She is buried in Kelowna Memorial Park cemetery, Kelowna, British Columbia, in plot D 1 104 30.
Canadian Adventist Messenger January 2000 p27
Goldie Large was born Apr. 24, 1908, in Drinkwater, Sask., and died Nov. 4, 1999, in Kelowna, B.C. Surviving: husband Jack; sons Bob, Brian, Dennis, Phil, John, and their spouses; 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Census:
1911: Moose Jaw district, Saskatchewan
1916: Swift Current district, Saskatchewan

Notes: John and his parents, Robert and Isabel and siblings Louis and Annie, sailed to Canada on the Lake Manitoba which departed Liverpool on 21 July 1909, via Belfast, arriving in Quebec on 3 August 1909 onward bound to Montreal. Their destination is listed as Winnipeg to Robert's brother-in-law (likely Isabel's brother, Percy, who had earlier emigrated to Canada).

John had a poem published in The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, an official magazine of the Seventh Day Adventist church:
The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald 21 May 1942 p6
     Our Father and Our God
            BY J. E. LARGE
ALMIGHTY One, to whom we owe our life,
  Who art the author and creator of all things,
This world is full of suffering, greed, and strife,
  And all the varied ills that discord brings.
      Why is it so?

And human wisdom, powerless to stem the tide,
  Grows fearful, not knowing where to turn
Or what to do. Distrust is found on every side;
  True love and brotherhood of man they cannot learn.
      Where can we go?

It is as dark as night, so dark indeed
  That we have lost our way, yet wander on,
Groping, not sensing our great need
  Of that great Light of God—the Son—
      Our only hope.

It gives us joy, amidst this night so black,
  To know that day must break and shadows flee,
And all this sin and pain that bends our back
  Will one day pass and ever leave us free.
      Haste on glad day !

Death: 22 March 2001

Gravestone of John Edward Large and Goldie Fern (Miller) Large
Gravestone of John Edward Large and Goldie Fern (Miller) Large in Kelowna Memorial Park cemetery, Kelowna, British Columbia
photograph from findagrave.com
Buried: Kelowna Memorial Park cemetery, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, in plot D 1 104 30.

Census & Addresses:
1916: Township 29 & 30, Range 16 W 3, Kindersley district, Saskatchewan
1948: 1052 Lawson Ave, Kelowna, British Columbia   (British Columbia Death Registrations)
1965: Kelowna, British Columbia   (Canadian Union Messenger 21 April 1965 p151)

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Louis Gibson Large

Edith (Cooper) Large and Louis Gibson Large
Edith (Cooper) Large and Louis Gibson Large in 1969
Birth: 8 December 1900, at Castle Rheban, Athy, county Kildare, Ireland
Louis Gibson was born on Eighth December 1900 at Castle Rheban, the son of Robert Large, farmer, of Castle Rheban, and Isabella Mabel Large formerly Kilroy.

Father: Robert Metcalf Large

Mother: Isabella Mabel (Kilroy) Large

Edith (Cooper) Large
Edith (Cooper) Large stands beside the Chevy truck with Bibles and lessons in hand as she prepares to make another weekly visit to all of her Gift Bible interests.
Married: Edith Cooper in 1932 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Edith was born on 18 July 1908 in Calgary, Alberta, the daughter of Arthur Richard Cooper and Edith Emily Haskell. She was very involved in the charitable works through her Seventh-day Adventist church:
Canadian Union Messenger 6 March 1946 p5
Mrs. Louis Large, of McGee, Saskatchewan, is an enthusiastic "investor" and when she came to Saskatoon for an operation, she decided that she would give 10 cents for Investment for each visitor she had during her stay in the hospital and for each letter she received; she also pledged $1 for each bouquet sent to her. Since she did not know many Adventists in the city she did not expect many callers, but she was pleasantly surprised to have someone visit her almost every day, and many days she had quite a number of visitors. We do not have final count, but a few days before she left for her home we called on her and found she had had 43 visitors, had received 35 letters and three bouquets of flowers, making a total of $10.80 for Investment in about a month. This was a fine idea and we suggest that others might try it.

Canadian Union Messenger 2 November 1966 p452
    A Hundred-dollar Promise Kept
  Twelve years ago Sister Louis Large of the Fiske Seventh-day Adventist Church, while teaching the junior Sabbath School class, promised any one of the twelve students that if he (or she) could prove that he had never smoked by the time he was 21 years of age she would give him (or her) $100 cash as a reward.
  Pictured at left is Judy Dukes claiming her prize as Sister Large gives her a cheque for $100.00. Judy is using this money towards her tuition at Canadian Union College where she enrolled in September for her first year of college work.
  Frank McMiller of Tyner has also claimed this reward. Frank is a theology student at Canadian Union College. Recently Sister Large and Frank were interviewed on the CKKR Radio Station in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, at which time Frank was presented with the $100.00 cheque. During the fifteen-minute interview, opportunity was given to invite those who desire to lick the smoking habit to write in and become candidates for the next Five-day Plan To Stop Smoking.
  We appreciate the dedication of our young people who refuse to succumb to the temptations of the evil one, refusing to have anything to do with tobacco.
  We salute these young people and Sister Large for her fine gesture in rewarding these young people for their faithfulness and at the same time assisting them in their college education.

Edith (Cooper) Large
Edith (Cooper) Large in 1986
Canadian Adventist Messenger November 1986 p8
The Lady of the White Bibles
FULL OF ENTHUSIASM FOR GOD'S WORK, she just beamed with interest. This grey haired lady sitting beside me at the Alberta Native Ministries Workshop had arranged for a young man to drive her in her camper, if the crops were all in, over from Saskatchewan. At the supper table Sabbath evening Edith started telling us part of her story.

PROFILE — EDITH LARGE
by Veda Maxson
  When Edith was 18 she went to visit her fiancÚ's parents, the Larges. They told her they were going to have a meeting that afternoon at 2 p.m. No way was she going to attend! What strange ideas these folk had, changing their day of worship from Sunday to Saturday. No, she wasn't going to listen! They weren't getting her in there! She went out by the bay windows. If she sat up she was sure to be seen so she laid down to read while they attended meeting. Soon, however, she found herself listening to the Sabbath School and Church Service. To close the service an older man prayed, a prayer like none she'd heard. A prayer that stayed with her. He must really be a friend of God's, she thought. Arising from her retreat Edith went inside and was introduced around the circle of friends. She just couldn't believe it. The author of the prayer she'd heard was no old man, but a young man about her age. Was he really allowed to pray? In her church no young person was allowed to take part. After that, every Sabbath Edith attended the home Sabbath meetings.
  After summer vacation Edith was working in Calgary and when Louis, her fiance, came to see her, he suggested that they attend the church that Sheila, his sister attended. Edith hadn't known there were any Seventh-day Adventists in town. When they entered the church she was surprised to be greeted by a former classmate from high school, Dora McCloud, now an Adventist. After greeting each other warmly, Dora asked what she and Louis were going to do the rest of the day. Edith responded, "Oh, probably go to a show, out to supper and then perhaps take in another show or go out on the town."
  Dora proceeded to talk about the Young People's Meeting they had in the afternoon and asked if they would like to attend. Edith, always interested in anything for young people, looked at Louis and they said, Yes, they would be there.
  After the meeting someone asked Edith what she thought of it. "Oh, I thought it was delightful. Never saw the young folk in my church be allowed to take such an active part."
  Dora then extended an invitation to Louis and Edith to come to her home for the Saturday Night Social. "Other young folk are coming over and we have such a good time together. Wouldn't you two like to join us?"
  So because of friendship and warmth Edith and Louis continued to attend the Sabbath services. Edith early in the morning would do the shopping for her mother and leave it at the Butcher Shop so that when her father came into town he could pick up the groceries. Then she would go to church with Louis, then to dinner, on to the Young People's Meeting, and then perhaps to a show.
  Later Edith was baptized by A.V. Rhodes, the President of the Alberta Conference and found that Louis had been baptized a week earlier in
Edmonton by Elder Harold Woods.
  After wedding bells, Edith gave of herself to help direct the activities for the young people. At one time there were 68 young folk all living out on the surrounding farms of Edmonton. Some of them would stay overnight at the young Large's home and then Edith and Louis would take them home the next day to work on the Pfannmuller family farm. The Pfannmuller's were always kind to Edith and Louis, giving them cream and garden produce. Edith said she always appreciated it. The Pfannmuller's didn't know it but that was often the food that had to last them the week.
  Edith and Louis moved back to the old farm in 1940. In 1965 Louis turned to Edith and said, "Edith, I would like to do something special for the Lord. I'd like to purchase 100 of those white Bibles and give them out."
  "But how can we?" puzzled Edith. "We don't know how to give Bible studies. We are so far out that every time we find out about a class, it is already over."
  But Louis was prepared, "You can start giving them out to the neighbors. We'll purchase Bible lessons to go with them." So Edith started with her neighbors on the surrounding farms. Some would take and some wouldn't but that was okay. Edith would leave the Bible if they promised to take the lessons. She'd leave two lessons and go back and pick up the lessons, have prayer, correct them, and leave two more.
  As she went from neighbor to neighbor with her white Bibles one lady invited her to a Bible study. She readily accepted, taking her white Bibles with her. At that Bible study another lady invited her to another Bible study being held in Rosetown. There another lady invited her to a Bible study in Zealanda. Again the same invitation was extended, this time 13 miles north in Marriot. Then things snowballed. One day in the Post Office a lady approached her requesting a white Bible. Then she was invited to a Bible study group in Bigger, then back to Rosetown.
  "Do you still give away white Bibles?" I interrupted.
  "Oh, yes".
  "And how many have you given out?"
  "Oh, I've lost count but it is over 200." Edith knows of several that have accepted Christ and joined our church because of these Bibles.
  If there were questions that Edith couldn't answer, she'd tell them she'd be back with the answer. Upon her arrival home she'd tell Louis about the questions and he'd work out the answers while she cooked supper.
  As the years passed, the farm became too much and Edith and Louis had to sell the old Large farm.
  Edith and Louis decided that instead of putting the money in the bank and drawing interest, they'd invest it in helping young people get a Christian education. They'd loan it to needy young folk, interest free, to be paid back when they went to work.
  One day a friend asked Edith if she could purchase a string of beads for Edith's pretty dress. Edith laughingly replied, "Why, no, don't you see that I don't wear jewelry?"
  "Well, why not?" responded the
friend.
  Edith smiled, "I keep my jewels in the young people's eyes. Each has its sparkle. Some are blue, brown, yellow, or in-between but as we've helped these needy young folk we see the polished jewels in the sparkle of their eyes. Twenty have been helped this way."
   Husband Louis is now sleeping, awaiting Christ's return but Edith carries on. Still busy with Dorcas, leading the small group in Rosetown, Ingathering, which she started in 1932 and hasn't missed a year yet, and whatever God shows her to do.
  As I talked to Edith she said, "Don't give me the praise. It is not my good works. I just lent my hands and feet to God. I do what God wants me to do and I don't want the praise. My hands and my feet belong to Him."
  Busy with the King's business, Edith Large is another one of God's "special saints".

Edith died on 11 June 1993.
Canadian Adventist Messenger July 1993 p22
LARGE—The passing of Mrs. Edith Large of McGee, Saskatchewan occured on June 11, 1993.
   Edith was born in Calgary, Alberta on July 18, 1908. In 1932 Edith married Louis Large and they resided in Edmonton until their move to McGee, Saskatchewan in 1942.
   Mrs. Large is survived by her daughter, Shirley Dean; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson and two brothers.
   Funeral services were held from Rosetown Funeral Home with W.G. Soloniuk officiating, assisted by Robert Pohle.

Census:
1911: ED 5 in Townships 24&25, Ranges 2, 3 West of the 5th Meridian, Calgary, Alberta
1916: East Calgary district, Calgary, Alberta

Occupation: Farmer

Notes: Louis and his parents, Robert and Isabel and siblings John and Sheila Annie, sailed to Canada on the Lake Manitoba which departed Liverpool on 21 July 1909, via Belfast, arriving in Quebec on 3 August 1909 onward bound to Montreal. Their destination is listed as Winnipeg to Robert's brother-in-law (likely Isabel's brother, Percy, who had earlier emigrated to Canada).

Death: 18 August 1975

Buried: Rosetown Community cemetery, St Andrews, Saskatchewan, Canada

Census & Addresses:
1901: Castlereban North, Churchtown, county Kildare
1916: Township 29 & 30, Range 16 W 3, Kindersley district, Saskatchewan
1939: Edmonton, Alberta   (Canadian Union Messenger 23 May 1939 p8)
1965: Rosetown, Saskatchewan   (Canadian Union Messenger 21 April 1965 p151)

Sources:

Robert Metcalf Large

Robert Metcalf Large
Robert Metcalf Large (right), aged 97, at the official sod turning of a major expansion to the Sunnyside Nursing Home, Saskatoon, in 1967. Others pictured are Sid Buchwold, mayor of Saskatoon (left) and Clarence Estey, Minister of Municipal Affairs (center)
Birth: 22 February 1870, at Rheban, Athy, county Kildare, Ireland
Unnamed male child was born on February twenty second 1870 at Rheban, the son of John Henry Large, farmer, of Rheban, and Harriet Large formerly Metcalf. The baptismal name of Robert was added on 22 June 1870.

Father: John Henry Large

Mother: Harriet (Metcalf) Large

Married: Isabella Mabel Kilroy on 28 September 1898 in the parish church, Foyran, county Westmeath, Ireland
Robert Medcalf Large is recorded as a bachelor, of full age, the son of John H. Large, gent. farmer. Robert is a gent-farmer, of Rheban Castle, parish of Athy. Isabel Mabel Kilroy is recorded as a spinster, aged 19 years, the daughter of James Kilroy, gent farmer. Isabel is resident Derry, parish of Foyran. The wedding was witnessed by James Kilroy, John H. Large and Henry S. Large.

Children:
Occupation: Farmer

Notes: Robert and his wife Isabel and children Louis, John and Sheila Annie, sailed to Canada on the Lake Manitoba which departed Liverpool on 21 July 1909, via Belfast, arriving in Quebec on 3 August 1909 onward bound to Montreal. Their destination is listed as Winnipeg to Robert's brother-in-law (likely Isabel's brother, Percy, who had earlier emigrated to Canada). Robert is listed as a farmer, who intends to be a farmer in Canada.

Robert Metcalf Large
Robert Metcalf Large (center), in 1964 on his 94th birthday.
Canadian Union Messenger 11 March 1964 p95
    Celebrates 94th Birthday at Biennial Session
  Here we see Brother Robert M. Large, on the occasion of his 94th birthday, the day of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Conference Biennial Session in Saskatoon, speaking to the attending delegates, a word of encouragement as Elders Bothe and Kaytor look on.
  In 1904 Brother and Sister Large came to Canada from Ireland and resided in the Rosetown district where they farmed until 1950 moving to Saskatoon. Brother Large was baptized by Elder Long in 1926 at Anglia, Saskatchewan. Brother and Sister Large reside at 223-4th Street, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. They have three children who are all Seventh-day Adventists. Brother Large enjoys excellent health.
  The delegates attending the Biennial Session were thrilled with the testimony that he gave at the time of the session. All delegates in attendance wished Brother Large God's richest blessing.


Robert Metcalf Large, Louis Large, Sheila Large
Robert Metcalf Large (left), in 1965 at age 95, with his son Louis Large and daughter Sheila
Canadian Union Messenger 21 April 1965 p151
    95th BIRTHDAY
 Born in Ireland, February 22, 1870, Mr. Robert M. Large of 223-4th Street, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, celebrated his 95th birthday. At the age of 29 he married his wife, Mae. Three children were born to them: Mrs A. Foulston of Eyebrow, Louie of Rosetown and Jack of Kelowna, British Columbia.
  The Large family came to Canada in 1909, and in the spring homesteaded near Rosetown. Mr. Large retired from his farm life at the age of 80. He is the picture of health—has never smoked nor drank, and enjoys a brisk walk daily. For the past forty-one years Mr. Large has belonged to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Since the Saskatoon Church is situated at 9th and Victoria, Mr. Large has made a habit of walking to the services. To the people who come in contact with Mr. Large, he is a “good example of Christian virtue.” He has seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
  Pictured above, from left to right are: Brother R. Large, son Louie who is living on the homestead, and daughter Sheila of Eyebrow.
      MRS. JOYCE MCKAY,
         Press Secretary

Death: 15 May 1968, at Sunnyside Nursing Home, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Canadian Union Messenger 26 June 1968 p267
    OBITUARIES
LARGE — Robert Metcalf Large was born on February 22, 1870 at Athy, County of Kildare in Ireland and passed to his rest at Sunnyside Nursing Home on May 15, 1968. Mr. Large married Isabel Mabel Kilroy on September 28, 1898. Coming to Canada in 1909 the couple settled on a homestead in the McGee district of Saskatchewan where they farmed for forty years after which they retired to Saskatoon in 1949.
  Brother Large was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1933. Through the many years he was a faithful Christian gentleman doing what he could to share the truths of the Third Angel's Message. He wrote several poems, one of which appeared in the church paper, the
Review and Herald.
  Mr. Large was predeceased by his wife on September 1st, 1964. Surviving are: two sons, Louis of McGee, Sask., Jack of Kelowna, B.C., one daughter, Mrs. Angus Foulston (Sheila) of Eyebrow, Sask.; also nine grandchildren.
  The funeral service was held from the Saskatoon Seventh-day Adventist Church. Brother Large sleeps in the Woodlawn Cemetery awaiting the glorious resurrection day.
         A. W.  ROBERTSON, Pastor

Buried: Woodlawn cemetery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Robert is buried in plot 31A-L115-SH.

Census & Addresses:
1898: Rheban Castle, Athy, county Kildare   (marriage record)
1901: Castlereban North, Churchtown, county Kildare
1916: Township 29 & 30, Range 16 W 3, Kindersley district, Saskatchewan
1937: McGee, Saskatchewan   (Canadian Union Messenger 28 September 1937 p6)
1964: 223 4th Street, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan   (Canadian Union Messenger 11 March 1964 p95)
1965: 223 4th Street, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan   (Canadian Union Messenger 21 April 1965 p151)
1968: Sunnyside Nursing Home, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan   (Canadian Union Messenger 1 January 1968 p6)

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Sheila Annie (Large) Foulston

Robert Metcalf Large, Louis Large, Sheila Large
Sheila Foulston (right), in 1965, with her father Robert Large (left) and brother Louis Large
Birth: 21 April 1907, in county Kildare, Ireland

Father: Robert Metcalf Large

Mother: Isabella Mabel (Kilroy) Large

George Angus Foulston and Sheila (Large) Foulston
George Angus Foulston and Sheila (Large) Foulston on their 50th wedding anniversary in Eyebrow, Saskatchewan in 1987.
Married: George Angus Foulston on 15 September 1937, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Large, McGee, Saskatchewan, Canada
Canadian Union Messenger 28 September 1937 p6
      Wedding
  A VERY pretty wedding took place September 15, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Large, McGee, Sask., when their daughter Sheila was united in marriage to George Angus Foulston of Tugaske, the writer officiating. Miss Pearl Foulston, sister of the groom, attended the bride, and Mr. L. Large of Edmonton, brother of the bride, was best man. After the ceremony supper was served. We wish Brother and Sister Foulston every blessing as they witness for the Master.
      A. E. MILLNER

George Angus Foulston
George Angus Foulston in 1996.
George usually used his middle name, Angus. He was born on 18 January 1906 in the Rural Municipality of Rosedale, Manitoba, the son of George Foulston and Mary Irene Willerton. This is a photo of the Foulston family c1918. Angus spent many years raising cattle and horses in Saskatchewan (Canadian Adventist Messenger June 1996 p21). Healso worked for Britannia Mines in British Columbia for a period starting in 1940 (The Chilliwack Progress 3 April 1940 p9). Angus died on 8 February 1998, in Central Butte, Saskatchewan, and is buried in in Tugaske cemetery, Saskatchewan.
Canadian Adventist Messenger June 1998 p22
Obituaries
Angus Foulston
was born Jan. 18, 1906, and died Feb. 8, 1998, in Central Butte, Sask. Surviving: wife Sheila; son Don (Sharon) of Eyebrow, Sask.; three sisters and three brothers; and one granddaughter.

Census & Addresses:
1906: Dauphin district, Manitoba
1911: Township 22, Moose Jaw district, Saskatchewan
1916: Swift Current district, Saskatchewan
1996: Central Butte Manor, Central Butte, Saskatchewan   (Canadian Adventist Messenger June 1996 p21)

Notes: Sheila (listed here as Annie) and her parents, Robert and Isabel and brothers Louis and John, sailed to Canada on the Lake Manitoba which departed Liverpool on 21 July 1909, via Belfast, arriving in Quebec on 3 August 1909 onward bound to Montreal. Their destination is listed as Winnipeg to Robert's brother-in-law (likely Isabel's brother, Percy, who had earlier emigrated to Canada).

Death: 23 January 2004 at Regency Hospital, Central Butte, Saskatchewan, Canada
Sheila (Large) Foulston
Sheila (Large) Foulston
W.J.Jones & Son Funeral Home
      SHEILA FOULSTON
Mrs. Sheila A. Foulston of Regency Hospital, Central Butte and formerly of the Eyebrow district, passed away on Friday January 23, 2004 at the age of 96 years. Sheila is predeceased by her parents; husband, Angus; and two brothers, Louie Large and Jack Large. She is survived by son, Donald (Sharon) – Eyebrow; granddaughter, Darla (Brian) Klokeid – Seattle, WA; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at The Eyebrow Memorial Hall, Eyebrow, Saskatchewan on Friday January 30, 2004 at 2:00 pm. Pastor David Laughton and Pastor Darren Godsoe will officiate. Interment will follow at the Tugaske Cemetery. Visitation Thursday evening 7 – 9 pm at W.J.Jones & Son Funeral Home. Memorials to The Central Butte Health Foundation, Box 582, Central Butte, S0H 0T0, would be appreciated. In living memory of Sheila, a tree will be planted in Wakamow Valley by W.J.Jones & Son Funeral Home.

Gravestone of George Angus Foulston and Sheila (Large) Foulston
Gravestone of George Angus Foulston and Sheila (Large) Foulston in Tugaske cemetery, Saskatchewan
photograph from findagrave.com
Buried: 30 January 2004, in Tugaske cemetery, Tugaske, Saskatchewan, Canada

Census & Addresses:
1916: Township 29 & 30, Range 16 W 3, Kindersley district, Saskatchewan
1965: Eyebrow, Saskatchewan   (Canadian Union Messenger 21 April 1965 p151)
1996: Central Butte Manor, Central Butte, Saskatchewan   (Canadian Adventist Messenger June 1996 p21)

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