The Shelbyville Republican
Going to look for the last time on the face
of the late George W. Stubbs, her childhood friend and playmate,
who was killed by an interurban car Friday, Mrs. Harriet A. Malpas, 231
East St. Joseph street, collapsed as she was about to enter the Stubbs home,
2460 Bellefontaine street, yesterday afternoon and died a few moments later,
says the Indianapolis Star. Mrs. Malpas was caught in the arms of friends
at the home who had seen her stagger and died without having spoken. She
was sixty-four years old and was born on a farm in Shelby county, adjoining
Judge Stubbs' home, the friendship formed in childhood having been preserved
through the subsequent years.
March 6, 1911
DIES AT THRESHOLD
OF STUBBS HOME
Mrs. Harriet A. Malpas, the Judge's Childhood
Playmate, expires Making Farewell Visit.
LIVED ON ADJOINING FARMS
Jurist and Lifelong Friend Attended Same School--
Families Were Intimate.
Although Mrs. Malpas had
been in ill health for several years there was no indication of her sickness
that presaged a sudden death. The unaccountable attack from which she died
added gloom and sorrow at the Stubbs home, where her body remained several hours
yesterday afternoon, lying on a couch in a room adjoining that in which Judge
Stubbs's casket has been placed.
Mrs. Malpas was going to
Judge Stubbs' home to look for the last time on the face of her lifelong friend
and seemingly had been in quite as good health as usual, intending, after
remaining for a few moments at the Stubbs home, to take dinner at the home of a
friend. As she stepped up on the porch, Mrs. Malpas swayed slightly and
stumbled forward, falling into the arms of several persons who had opened the
door as they saw her coming up the steps.
She was carried into the
house and laid on a couch and a trained nurse who is at the home gave her
While being taken into
the house Mrs. Malpas seemed to be rapidly losing consciousness and it was but a
few moments until she was dead.
Members of the Stubbs
family, of whom Mrs. Malpas was an intimate friend for many years, were deeply
affected and the added grief and tragedy of the occurrence almost overcame
them. Mrs. Stubbs, who has been severely affected by the nervous shock of
her husband's death, is being kept in ignorance of the death of Mrs. Malpas in
the home, it being feared that Mrs. Stubbs would be seriously affected if she
knew of the death of the family's old friend under such circumstances.
Mrs. Malpas was born on a
farm adjoining the boyhood home of Judge Stubbs in Shelby county in 1850, where
her father, Samuel Nail, settled in 1819 and went to school where Judge
Stubbs was a teacher when a young man. Childhood acquaintances of Judge
Stubbs and Mrs. Malpas have recalled that he often carried her, when she was a
small child across a creek that intervened between their homes and the little
school where both received their early education.
Mrs. Malpas was married
August 6, 1867, to Henry Malpas of Indianapolis and came here
to live at about the same time Judge Stubbs egan the practice of law in
Indianapolis. Throughout their lifetime Judge Stubbs and Mrs. Malpas had
continued their early friendship and little more than a week ago Mrs. Malpas had
visited at the Judge's home.
The Nail and Stubbs
families are among the oldest in Shelby county, and in Shelbyville and the
immediate vicinity several members of each family still reside.
Henry Malpas formerly was
a prominent insurance and real estate agent in Indianapolis. He died about
twelve years ago. His death was also sudden. While on a business
trip in Philadelphia Mr. Malpas was suddenly stricken, dying there.
Mrs. Malpas is survived
by three sons, Dr. S. Herbert Malpas, 2102 N.
Alabama street; Charles E. Malpas, of Washington, D. C., and Rolla
M. Malpas, Galveston, Texas. Charles E. Malpas is foreman of the
government book bindery in the Congressional Library at Washington and Rolla M.
Malpas January 1st accepted a position as a traveling representative of an
Two brothers and two
sisters also survive Mrs. Malpas -- James Nail, of
Shelbyville, John Nail of Shelby county, Mrs. Nan E.
Francis and Mrs. Rebecca Thomas of Shelbyville. No
arrangements for Mrs. Malpas's funeral have been made.
Scores of telegrams and
letters of condolence were received at the Stubbs home. Among them was a
message from former Governor Winfield T. Durbin, who expressed his
regret over the tragic death. Judge Stubbs received his first appointment
as Judge in the Juvenile court under form Governor Durbin and the two were close
A large number of
beautiful and massive floral designs were received from Indianapolis
friends. All of the various organizations with which Judge Stubbs was
affiliated sent floral offerings. Superintendent Hyland, of the police
department, said that as a token of respect his department will present a floral
The funeral will be
conducted at the home at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. The burial at Crown
Hill will be private.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
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