Napa Daily Journal
Crabb, "the well-known vineyardist," died on March 2 at To-Kalon. Brief obituary notes that he was born in Jefferson County, Ohio; came to California in 1853; mined in Placer and Nevada counties; farmed near Hayward in Alameda County; and in 1865 came to Napa County and began growing vines. "The product of Mr. Crabb's To Kalon wine cellar has become famous throughout the United States and has found favor in Europe. At the World's Fair in Chicago he had an exhibit, including a fountain of wine, that brought him many prizes . . . He was always prominent in every enterprise that would advance the material interests of Napa county, and his demise is a real calamity to the community." He was also involved in horse breeding and "leaves one daughter, Mrs. Wm. T. Johnson of Washington, D.C."
"H. W. Crabb Dead." Napa Daily Journal(March 3, 1899): 3.