This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
An old lady, the wife of a gardener, died in England recently, aged 105, and it is boasted that she had drank deeply of whiskey every day for twenty years previous. It is generally believed that only for the whiskey she might have lived to a much greater age. Here is the case of an Irish gardener, of whom nothing about whiskey is said, and so it is presumed he did not imbibe freely, who outlived the poor old lady: Mr. Thomas Johnson, gardener to Colonel Battersby, county Meath, for sixty years, died lately at the age of 106. He retained all his faculties to the last. Longevity in his case appears to have been heriditary, for his father, it is said, died at a still riper age, namely 115 years.