Pa Kettle
Geoduck, Pa, and Crowbar!
Geoduck, Pa Kettle, and Crowbar
Born Franklin Kettle
1890 or 1891
Mournful Hollow, Arkansas
Occupation Farmer, interim president of Kettle Enterprises, Inc.
Parents Grandma and Grandpa Kettle
Sibling(s) Sedgewick Kettle, unnamed sister from Portland
Spouse Phoebe "Ma" Kettle (m. 1925)
Children Thomas, Rose, Elwin, and twelve others
Grandchildren Thomas Jonathan Kettle
Cousins Rodney Kettle
Other Relatives Kim Parker Kettle

Franklin Kettle (born 1890 or 1891),[1] commonly known as "Pa" and also known as "P.A. Kettle",[2] is the patriarch and head of the Kettle family and the husband of Ma Kettle.

Early lifeEdit

Pa was born in 1890 or 1891, in the Ozark village of Mournful Hollow, Arkansas,[3] to Grandma and Grandpa Kettle.[3] According to his younger brother, Pa resembles his deceased father.[3]

Pa almost went to Paris, France when he enlisted in the Armed Forces during the first World War.[1] However, he never got the chance to visit Paris since they told him that he wouldn't go "until they scraped the bottom of the barrel."[1]


He has two known siblings: an unnamed sister from Portland, and a younger brother named "Sedge" who lives in the Ozarks. Other relatives include his cousin Rodney Kettle, a Hawaii-based entrepreneur, and a nephew in the Armed Forces who was present during the "atomic bomb test in the Pacific."[4]

Pa married Phoebe in 1925.[4] They had the following children:

  1. Thomas "Tom" Kettle
  2. Rose "Rosie" Kettle
  3. Elwin Kettle
  4. Daniel "Danny" Kettle
  5. Nancy Kettle
  6. George Kettle
  7. Sarah "Sally" Kettle
  8. Elizabeth "Betty" Kettle
  9. Benjamin "Benji" Kettle
  10. Eve Kettle
  11. Henry Kettle
  12. Theodore "Ted" Kettle
  13. William "Billy" Kettle
  14. Ruth "Ruthy" Kettle
  15. Susan "Susy" Kettle

Behind the scenesEdit

Percy Kilbride portrayed Pa in The Egg and I (1947), Ma and Pa Kettle (1949), Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950), Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm (1951), Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952), Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation (1953), Ma and Pa Kettle at Home (1954), and Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955). Parker Fennelly replaced Kilbride as Pa in The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm (1957).