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Saturday, March 10, 2007


Kathryn M. Kaple, who would have been 81 in April, passed away Thursday (March 8, 2007) in the Select Specialty Hospital in Erie, Pa. She was born in Port Allegany, the daughter of Theodore F. and Gladys A. Yentzer Stewart. She resided on the Penn Hills Farm, 242 Main Street in Roulette, with her son Theodore R. Kaple, and family.

Kathryn graduated from Roulette High School in 1944, and married Arthur R. Kaple that year. She had resided in the area all her life and was full of all kinds of information about the area's history. She was a good girl, never got in any trouble, except when she ran off with Art to Wellsville and got married. She would tell stories about the 1942 flood, and how deep the water was, in the valley. She knew everyone, and would spin an untold number of stories about Roulette, and it's people. She and Art operated the Penn Hills Farm, recognized as a Century Farm, farmed by the same family for over 100 years.

When other people were thinking of retiring, Kathryn went to work scrubbing floors and cleaning rooms at Charles Cole Hospital in Coudersport. She told many times about scrubbing floors on her hands and knees. She was proud of her work. Until a couple of years ago, you might find her on the tractor, gathering hay from the field, or teaching Sunday School. She always had grandchildren and other kids at her home, and carted them off to church, with her, on Sunday. She was able to drive herself, until a couple for years ago, when she lost mobility in her legs, after a couple of falls. Even then, she got around in her electric chair, and delighted herself, when she, devilishly, drove it to the neighbors across the street, last summer, without telling anyone she was going. Her mind was always sharp as a tack, until the last few months, when her health failed her.

She had a strong faith in God, having accepted Jesus as her savoir, as a child. She had attended The Coudersport Gospel Tabernacle, Roulette Baptist Church, and in later years, was a member of the Coudersport Alliance Church. She was a member of the Roulette Sunshine Circle and had been an officer in the Roulette Fish and Game Club, sponsors of the annual fishing derby for kids at Kaples Pond. She helped her husband, Art, operate the farm and Kaple's Trailer Park. Art died in 2002. She raised three children, Theodore, with whom she resided, and Robert F. Kaple and Jane M. Jones, who predeceased her. She has 11 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. A sister, Marguerite Turner, of Port City, FL also survives. She enjoyed the companionship of Lori Prince, of Genesee, PA, who helped take care of her, the last couple of years.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11:00 am Monday, March 12, 2007, at the Coudersport Alliance Church. The Rev. Samuel Crossley will officiate, with burial in Summit Cemetery, in Borie. Switzer Funeral Home in Port Allegany is in charge of arrangments. Memorials may be made to the Coudersport Alliance Church.

Thursday, March 8, 2007


Kathryn Kaple, 80, of Penn Hills Farm, Roulette, PA. went to be with her lord today, Thursday, March 8, 2007. Services will be held Monday, March 12, at the Coudersport Alliance Church.,at 11:00 am.
Watch this blog for more later.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007


A swift moving snowstorm moved through the area, last week leaving us to navigate our way back to Roulette in about two inches of freshly fallen snow. As I twisted carefully around the curves, I instinctively watched the edges of the road, as you have to be very careful not to drop off the shoulder. Route 6 between Coudersport and Roulette has always been known to have shoulders that drop off about 6 inches in the wintertime, when it is difficult for Penndot to maintain them.
It was then that I became cognizant that the widening project, finished last year, had eliminated these hazards. It got me to thinking that I hadn't listened to nearly as many accidents, on the scanner, as usual this Winter. Paved shoulders on Route 6 from Coudersport to Roulette, and Rt. 155 from Port Allegany to Eldred, are working. They are saving lives. What a difference without these dirt shoulder dropoffs. Penndot, the Governor, and whoever is responsible for these improvements should be applauded for these road improvments in our area. I am hoping that more roads will get this treatment, as it has certainly proved its worth in saved lives.

Monday, March 5, 2007


It's four weeks into the early spring, prophesied by the proverbial GROUNDHOG. Unless the weather is a lot different in Punxytawney, the groundhog missed on this prediction! The weather here, since his prediction, has reminded me of the arctic. Winds today were in the range of 50 mph and blowing snow made visibility practically zero at times. The temperature is heading toward zero, and the wind chill is off the charts.
I was overjoyed when the rodent didn't see his shadow and looked forward to a great early spring, but alas, he doesn't know diddly! I don't know what his bosses are thinking, but if it were up to me I would say "YOU'RE FIRED!"