My father was Barney Kapple who was born in or around Columbus Kansas in 1911. His father was DeVillo Kapple who died in an accident around 1930 - 1932. I think DeVillo came to Kansas from Illinois. I don't know if their is any connection to Thomas Kapple. My father and all his siblings are deceased. Please contact me at my E-mail address if you have any more "Kapple" info. As you know it is a very uncommon name and in all my travels, coast to coast I have never found it in a telephone directory.