When did the Church first make an effort to rid the term “Mormon” as a nickname?
(C) To provide land for returning veterans from World War II
An interesting semi-welfare settlement project was initiated in late 1944 to provide farms for veterans retuning from the Second World War. Some members of the Stake Presidencies and High Councils of the Taylor and Lethbridge Stakes, and some others, advanced funds to purchase 7,300 acres of unbroken, irrigable land near Rosemary, Alberta, for this purpose. The land was secured and an agreement made with the Eastern Irrigation District to deliver water at a capital cost of $5.00 per acre to each 160 acres. The area then was sold in 160 acre farms to veterans and other members who wished to settle there, with veterans receiving first choice. The Rosemary ward purchased 1,920 acres, mostly pasture land, for a welfare project and the remainder was settled by farmers. Full collections were made for all sales, making it possible to repay those who advanced the funds for buying the area, and meeting expenses incurred in the transaction.
A History of the Mormon Church in Canada (Lethbridge, Alberta: The Lethbridge Herald Co., 1968), 151.