From The Clarion Vol. 3. No. 9. Published in Vassalboro February 1, 1889
(from the Lewiston Journal)
Jabez Crowell of Vassalboro will be one hundred years old the 22nd day of March next. He was born in Yarmouth, Cape Cod, in the year 1789. In his 28th year he married Miss Allanta Emerson of Sidney, and by her had two children, one son and one daughter. The daughter died young. Ara the son has taken his father into his family, and he and his estimable wife are making him as comfortable as it is possible for an old person to be made by willing hands and loving hearts.
In 1811 Mr. Crowell took for his second wife Miss Bethalola Freeman of Vassalboro, by whom he had four children, Charlot, Freeman, George and Charles, only one now living. He has six grand-children and five great-grand-children.
His father was in the Revolutionary War, and he was in the war of 1812 and now draws a pension.
He acquired a common school education and when of age worked on the farm and later on was interested in lumbering in the eastern part of the State, and at one time was interested in bying and driving stock in to the large markets. He was a man of steady habits, used tobacco until eighty years old when he found it was injuring him and left it off. He was a man of superior memory and keen judgement, and now retains his memory and relates circumstances and dates which occurred in his boyhood, and in relating them will show great enthusiasm, and his eyes will sparkle like those of a young man. He is proud to be a Harrison man having voted for Wm. Henry Harrison.
After the death of his second wife Mr. Crowell united with the Baptist church and is now a communicant.
Mr. Crowell tells about his lumbering and of a big pine tree that scaled eleven tons. The average scale of trees is from two to three tons. Among the many incidents that he related, showing his memory, is one of a visit to the maple sugar camps, that took place when a small boy. The young people for miles around used to come together and cut down a large oak tree, then make fire in the centre of the stump and burn a cavity as large as desired and then clean out the cavity and put in a handful of pop corn and with a pestle of stone or wood pound the corn to powder and then pour in a quantity of maple molasses and stir it up. The boys and girls then took hold of hands and danced around the stump, after which they helped themselves with wood spoons to the pudding.
Mr. Crowell is now in perfect health and eats all kinds of food, but prefers hearty food. He is free from pain and rests well, and looks as he would live to be more than a hundred.
Note: Mr. Crowell died on January 31, 1891 at the age of 101 years, 10 months and 10 days. He is buried in the McClintock Cemetery in Winslow, Maine.