KAVV Treasurer Richard Bowker presented a check for $500.00 to the Nurses Training Grant Fund to Chef de Gare Jim Schmidt. This donation is in addition to the $160 collected at the KAVV’s annual fundraiser for the Training fund, and the Locomotive Operations Fund. As mentioned in the August Minutes, the locomotive was present at the Moose Lodge event for this purpose. Rich is also a Voiture 410 Voyageur!

Dual KAVV/V410 Voyageur members present Nurses Training Fund Donation to Chef de Gare Schmidt

The locomotive was placed at the entrance to the KAVV Fundraiser

This is the new Fundraising Sign purchased for this type of event.

Awards were given to Voyageur Tim Green, and Dave Lyons for their work in getting the Locomotive on the road again. The award for Dave was accepted by his son Jon. The award for Tim included his family who also gave up countless hours to help prepare the locomotive.

Jon Lyons, Chef de Gare Jim Schmidt, and Tim Green

We are pretty proud of our locomotive restoration, but the real story of the re-establishment of Kenosha County’s Voiture 410 is the restoration of the the Nurses Training Grant Program.

Recognizing the shortage of registered nurses, this program is designed to provide some financial assistance to registered nursing students from Kenosha County pursuing an associate or higher degree in a nursing school program.

Please consider donating to this cause to help some of Kenosha County’s Nurses by clicking or scanning the QR Code

If you are currently attending higher education in a Nursing School program, please contact us to see if you qualify..

Voiture 410’s Parade Locomotive is on the road again! It started about 2 years ago when Chef de Gare Jim Schmidt brought Voiture 410 back from the brink largely due to his desire for the locomotive to remain in Kenosha County. Voiture 410 is now growing, and our two main projects, The Nurses Training Grant Program, and the Locomotive are both back online.

Dave Lions, who as a kid got a lot of rides in the Locomotive because of his fathers position in the 40/8 (Check out the names on the side of the locomotive) got the ball rolling by getting a new battery at the end of 2022. Dave is going to sit down with us and narrate a history that will be on this website in the future. Continuing the legacy, Dave’s son Chris is a member of Voiture 410.

Our newest member, and now our chief engineer, Tim Green is responsible for the lion’s share of the work done to get the Locomotive back on the road. Tim and Paul Ciarelli started meeting around March and started pulling out old and useless parts and wiring. In the end, it was probably about 200 pounds lighter! After a few weeks in, they got tired of hauling their tools to downtown Kenosha and moved the Locomotive to Tim’s Garage. Once it was in his garage, his son’s Tim Jr. and Chris, along with Grandson CJ couldn’t resist the temptation to be part of the locomotives long and storied history and spent many hours in the restoration.

Tim’s list of jobs and parts is long and the parts he purchased were largely donated to the project! A mostly complete list is now part of the records we are keeping for the locomotive. A copy of that list is located in the cab.

Linda and Paul Ciarelli donated the new sound system which includes a head unit, an mp3 player (custom built by Paul), and LOUD speakers. We think it’s going to be a hit at Twin Lakes, Kenosha, Somers, and Racine Parades coming up in a couple of weeks. We hope you are at at least one of them so you can be the judge of that!

This Locomotive started out life as a 1937 Nash Lafayette. This unique piece of Kenosha County pop culture has been in the service of the 40/8 since 1946. Not surprisingly, it is in need of parts and maintenance to keep it going for another 87 years. Please become part of it’s history and click or scan the QR code.

Voiture 410 and American Legion Post 21 members cleaned out the Garage recently and we took the opportunity to bring the Locomotive out after a long hibernation. She’s still looking good albeit a bit dusty! We have plans to show her off in some upcoming events, so stop back here to check up on us. If you care to make a donation for repairs to this storied vehicle, please drop us a line.

Are You an Honorable Discharged U. S. Veteran or Active Duty Military?

Do You Want to Continue to Serve Your Community, State and Nation?

Do You Want to Help Children, Young People and Veterans?

Do You Want to Promote the American Way of Life?

If you answered “Yes” to these questions, we want to invite you to join the Best Veterans Service Organization in the World, “The Forty and Eight”.

The Forty and Eight is an independent organization of U. S. Veterans. We were founded 15-March-1920 by members of the American Legion. We are the Honor Society of United States Military Veterans.

Our primary purpose is service to Our Community, State, Nation and Fellow Veterans.

  • Some of our projects include:
    • Child Welfare
    •  Nurses Training Scholarships,
    • Americanism (Flags for First Graders),
    • Veterans Administration Volunteer Services,
    • Youth Sports,
    • POW/MIA Descendants Scholarships,
    • Hero of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Further information available at our websites www.40and8-grandeduindiana.com or www.fortyandeight.com.

Sounds like something you want to become a part of? Please contact us using the link in the menu!

by William Tyler Page

I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.

–Written 1917, accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918.

La Societe des Quarante Hommes at Huit Chevaux is an independent, by invitation, honor organization of male and female U. S. veterans, more commonly known as the Forty & Eight.

The Forty & Eight is committed to charitable and patriotic aims.  Our purpose is to uphold and defend the United States Constitution, to promote the well being of veterans and their widows and orphans, and to actively participate in selected charitable endeavors, which include programs that promote child welfare and nurse’s training.

The titles and symbols of the Forty & Eight reflect its First World War origins.  Americans were transported to the battle front on French trains within boxcars stenciled with a “40/8”, denoting its capacity to hold either forty men or eight horses.  This uncomfortable mode of transportation was familiar to all who fought in the trenches; a common small misery among American soldiers who thereafter found “40/8” a lighthearted symbol of the deeper service, sacrifice and unspoken horrors of war that bind all who have borne the battle.

The Forty & Eight was founded in 1920 by American veterans returning from France.  Originally an arm of The American Legion, the Forty & Eight became an independent and separately incorporated veteran’s organization in 1960.  Membership is by invitation of honorably discharged veterans and honorably serving members of the United States Armed Forces.